Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lucy Blanchard Tombstone and Civil War Records

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On Saturday, the tombstone of Lucy J. Blanchard was unveiled at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. Lucy was a nurse during the Civil War. Upon her death in 1911 she was buried but did not get a tombstone. For more information on Lucy, please visit this page.

Are you researching people who were involved in the Civil War? We can help! Some examples of sources we have are:

In the library, you can use our Civil War database. This database indexes Onondaga County soldiers and sailors incluing regiment information. The records are from a database compiled by the late Robert Nostrant. Explanation of codes can be found by entering the word [codes] in the NAME field. (23,485 records)
View Syracuse newspaper articles on the Civil War and obituaries on, available at home with a library card through our database page. We also have these Syracuse newspapers on microfilm in the department.
Not sure if your ancestor was a veteran? Check the 1890 Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps on (in library only). Additionally, the 1910 census asked if the person had served in the Union or Confederate Army or Navy. You can view the 1910 census records on or (in library only) or on microfilm in the department. also has a tremendous amount of Civil War collections you can search. For further information, view the listing here.
We also have books on Civil War genealogical research, both in the Department and on the third floor of the library in non-fiction. To search the catalog, go here.
What records have you had success with while searching your Civil War ancestors?

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