The folks at the Troy Irish Genealogy Society again are busy transcribing records. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Troy+Irish+Genealogy+Society%22&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles about this hyper-active society’s efforts.) Here is the Society’s announcement about the latest effort:
New York State, was well as many other states, passed legislation to provide for the care, burial and erection of headstones for veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Under that law, (Chapter 225, Article V, Section 84 of the NYS Poor Laws) all counties in New York State were required to provide for the erection of headstones for these veterans.
Records of the proceedings of the Albany County Board of Supervisors dealing with Section 84 and the providing of headstones are the source of this latest data base of Military Records added to the Troy Irish Genealogy Society. To see these records, go to the TIGS website – www.troyirish.com – click on PROJECTS and then under MILITARY RECORDS click on ERECTION OF HEADSTONES – CIVIL WAR & SPANISH AMERICAN WAR VETERANS.
The following data elements for these almost 1,000 veterans names are part of this new series of records:
- Veteran Name
- Unit Name
- Veteran of
- Residence – Very few shown for this item
- Name of Cemetery
- Location of Cemetery
- Date – This date may be the date of the Board of Supervisors proceedings where the veterans name is included on the report or it may be the actual data the headstone was ordered.
The names in this data base are arranged in three separate files as follows:
- Surname of Veteran
- Unit Name Veteran Served In
- Cemetery Where Interred
It should be noted that a number of the cemeteries mentioned in the data base such as St. Mary’s, Albany and St. John’s, Albany have been closed for more than 100 years and all remains have been relocated to other cemeteries.