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Typescript is alphabetical by county; microfilmed note cards are alphabetical by soldier's name.
Terms Governing Use:
The Florida Legislature created the Military Department in 1921 (Chapter 8502, Laws of Florida). The head of the department was the Adjutant General, and its headquarters were in St. Augustine. The Military Department and the Adjutant General controlled the Florida units of the National Guard; supervised all the arms, troops, branches, and stores of the Guard; and transported and supported any armed forces required by the state to maintain law and order. The Military Department became the Department of Military Affairs in 1973 (Ch 73-93, Laws). The state militia has existed since territorial days, becoming the Florida State Troops in 1887 (Ch. 3707, Laws) and the Florida National Guard in 1909 (Ch. 5930, Laws).
From 1940 to 1941, staff of the Works Progress Administration carried out the Veterans' Graves Registration Project in Florida, sponsored by the Military Department and the Florida American Legion. Staff compiled information on buried military veterans, including name, organization, birth and death dates, and burial locations in each county. However, the WPA was unable to complete the survey due to the outbreak of World War II and there is no compiled information for sixteen counties: Columbia, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hendry, Highlands, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Pinellas, Putnam, St. Johns, and Walton.
This series contains a typescript copy of the register of deceased veterans buried in Florida and a microfilm copy of the original note cards used to compile the information. The typescripts list the location of graves of those who died in the military while in Florida or died in Florida after serving in the military. Although the typescripts are incomplete due to the early termination of the project, the microfilm copy of the note cards includes information on some of the counties without a completed transcript. A sampling of one roll found some cards for the counties of Escambia, Walton, Franklin, Columbia, Marion, Levy, Gilchrist, and Highlands.
The microfilmed cards also contain more information about each veteran than the final typescript. There are several variant types of cards, but each generally includes the name of veteran, address, next of kin and next of kin's address and relationship to veteran, date and place of birth, race, date and cause of death, date and location of burial (including for some veterans the grave, plot, lot, block, and section number of the burial), rank, date of enlistment, branch of service and organization, foreign service dates and unit, date of discharge, whether cemetery plot care was assigned to a veterans' organization, type of marker or headstone, source of information on the veteran, and additional remarks.
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Additional Physical Form:
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
Register of deceased veterans buried in Florida \ United States. Works Progress Administration. Graves Registration Project. St. Augustine, Fla.: 1940-1941.
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields:
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