by Kevin Osborne
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Maps detail veterans dating to the 1700s
Newly restored digital copies
of 73-year-old maps detailing where U.S military veterans are buried throughout
Hamilton County will be unveiled Wednesday.
The Hamilton County Recorder’s
Office recently received map books dating to 1939 that were thought to have
been destroyed. Created by the Works Progress Administration, the map books
register the burial location of every veteran in the county who had served dating
back to the Revolutionary War.
The maps list details about
area veterans who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the War
with Mexico, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I.
Eventually, the records were
transferred to microfiche between the 1950s and ‘70s, and the map books were
given to a local resident. The filmed copies began degrading over time and are
of poor quality, causing problems for historians, genealogical researchers and
others who tried to use them.
A member of the Ohio Genealogical
Society ultimately acquired the original copies of the map books and presented
them to the Recorder’s Office in February. Since that time, the office has worked
to transfer the images to a digital format and enhance their quality. All of
the images now are available on the Recorder’s Office website.
County Recorder Wayne Coates will
unveil the newly restored records at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The event will be held
in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, located at 138 E. Court St.,