Grave Registry

grave_flagsCONFEDERATE GRAVE REGISTRATION – OKLAHOMA

The State of Oklahoma became home to many Confederate Veterans following the War. Any grave sites recorded on this website are the fruits of the labor thus far; any information on other Confederate graves is desired. If you have information that would be useful in our pursuit, of locating these graves, please contact us.

Contact: Graves Registrar – Bernie Cooper   bcooper@valornet.com

GUIDELINES

The purpose of grave registration is so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause andwill forever more supply the adequate information that connects us to that veteran which best describes his motives.

Understanding the tenacity of which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, many of our Ancestors gave the ultimate sacrifice but are still lost and or forgotten. In as much as we believe in honoring these men, through identification of their final resting places, we hereby commit to the following.

Our guidelines are as follows:

  1. All Grave Registration researching received will be precise, records will not be based on mere speculation, or opinion, but rather by fact and documented proof.
  2. Grave Registration staff will not document, list, or mark these sacred graves with names until positive documentation is achieved and agreed upon by the entire committee. If a Veterans service is questionable, it will be so noted as such until further documentation is found to prove or disprove eligibility.
  3. Documentation will be kept on every veteran found in Oklahoma, and will consist of photos of the headstones or markers, and whatever written documents can be found confirming service, including, but not limited to, obituaries, census records, service/pension records, etc., as long as they can be proven to belong to the veteran in question. A grave marked with a Confederate stone is not acceptable without supporting documentation of service.
  4. When we as researchers first approach a grave, we keep in mind that materials are affected by time, acid rain, maintenance crews and vandalism, and will deteriorate in time. As with us, the material is “ashes to ashes dust to dust,”. Nothing is permanent. Graves are to be treated with care and respect, and if any cleaning or maintenance is needed, to be performed minimally or by someone with professional knowledge of such.
  5. Grave Registration researcher’s will at all times consider ALL GRAVES Confederate and Union alike, as a sacred place and the headstone or marker as definitely historical, and actually a part of the deceased, and is to be considered private property. Realizing that to restore a stone is to remember and honor the to discard or to remove, or take away from the personal effect that someone has already set (such is done when double setting stones), one has taken away a part of the veteran and his honor or discarded his history.
  6. Grave Registration staff will abide by rules set by the Veterans Administration when it comes to ordering markers. The current rules state (for veterans deceased before Nov 01, 1990: Furnished upon application for the UNMARKED GRAVE of any eligible deceased veteran. The individual must certify the grave is unmarked and a government headstone or marker is preferred to a privately purchased headstone or marker. A grave is considered marked if a monument displays the decedents name and date of birth and/or death, even though the veteran’s military date is not shown.
  7. Forasmuch as we wish to honor these brave men, Grave Registration staff andresearchers will at no time compromise those directives that are hereby and forevermore decreed by any organization within the legal realms of our mission.

In using the Sons of Confederate Veterans Hand book for Graves Etiquette Conservation and Preservation, we will strive in a commitment of excellence in honoring our ancestors.

God bless our Confederate Ancestors and let them never be forgotten.