165 veterans’ graves identified at Valley Center cemetery – California News

165 veterans’ graves identified at Valley Center cemetery – California News

A group of women who come from families that fought in the American Revolution have been working for months digitizing the burial records at the Valley Center Cemetery and, in the process, have so far identified 165 veterans’ graves dating back to the Civil War.

The women are members of the Center of the Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a nonprofit national women’s patriotic service organization that promotes historic preservation.

The group of a half a dozen women have examined hundreds of gravestones and updated cemetery records.

The history buffs have uploaded more than 16,000 burial records to findagrave.com, a resource for locating someone’s grave.

“The detective work involved finding and transcribing the handwritten cemetery records from Rolodex cards to a computer spreadsheet, which has been extremely challenging,” said chapter member Margaret Simonsen.

The veterans identified represent all American-involved wars going back to the Civil War, according to Simonsen.

“We’re still counting, but this is a huge accomplishment and will greatly benefit family research,” Simonsen said.

Members of the chapter of the nonprofit national women’s patriotic service organization that promotes historic preservation place flags on the veterans’ graves on Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year.

This year, the Valley Center Cemetery is slated to participate in the national “Wreaths Across America” program for the first time. The goal is for each identified veteran’s grave to have a wreath for the holidays.

Community members can donate a wreath for $15; the…

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