Monday, November 11, 2013

2013 Veteran’s Day Military Honor Roll Project Contributions

The Londonderry, New Hampshire Common has War memorials and honor rolls for the
Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam

The Honor Roll project collects transcriptions of the names of the veterans on military honor rolls seen in parks, schools, public buildings, books and other places all over the USA and abroad.  You can read the complete list at this link:

Or you can see them at this Pinterest board

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, genealogy bloggers photograph and transcribe these honor rolls, and publish them on the internet.   The act of transcribing these names makes them available to be found by search engines such as Google, Mocavo and others.  Family members searching for genealogical or military information on relatives, ancestors or friends will be able to see the honor rolls, read the names, and learn about their family’s military history.

It is a simple, easy project.  However, it brings unexpected joy to searchers who did not know their ancestors were in the military, or did not know the specific military history, or sometimes they did not even know the town where their ancestors lived.  Seeing their family member’s name on an honor roll can be the beginning of finding more genealogy data, military records and historical information.

Here are this year’s contributions:

Bill West, from “West in New England”
The Abington, Massachusetts World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam Honor Rolls

Carol Bowen Stevens, from “Reflections from the Fence”
The Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan World War I Honor Roll
Sara Campbell from “Remembering Those who came before us”
Cooperstown, New York, World War I Honor Roll

Pam Seavey Schaffner
Cincinnati, Ohio US Marine Corps Memorial

Heather Wilkinson Rojo
Nashua, New Hampshire, World War II Honor Roll and other War memorials

from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
The Troy, New York World War II casualties
Sent to me Kelly Reeve Griffith “The People in the Pencil Box” Blog
 Illinois State Archives 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor
(searchable database contains “the locations of the burial  places of soldiers, sailors, marines and army nurses from any of the wars of the United States and are buried in Illinois”)


More Veteran’s Day events online
Did you know....?

The military records website has an honor roll this week to honor your ancestors who were veterans in every US conflict.  You can participate by adding photos, stories and information to the veterans on their list.  Click here:

The crowdsourcing gravestone photography website is rewarding the participants who upload the most photos from a military cemetery this weekend.  The prizes will $25 Amazon gift cards to the top three people. Click here for details: (United Kingdom) is providing free access to 3.6 million military records until November 12th.  To search click at

The Canadian version of will also offer free access to military records until November 12th.

Check out the Pinterest Board hosted by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers “Our Gratitude Shall not Sleep- Military Ancestors” at this link:  
At the time I’m writing this, there are 77 pins with photos of military veterans, mostly ancestors.

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Copyright © 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. Thank you for the mention Heather! This is a great project you have created and I am honored to be a small part of it! My cousin Bruce Marquardt made my part possible by taking photos of the Wallingford monuments for me. As I transcribed the 560 or os names on the Wallingford Honor Roll of WWI veterans (men AND women by the way), I was struck by the fact that every one of them is gone by now, but the memorial preserves their names and deed of service. I was also struck by the wonderful diversity of ethnicities represented by the names on the memorial. It is a reminder -- which sadly has to be recalled and made explicit time and again -- that we are a true melting pot and we are Americans first no matter where our ancestors and relatives came from -- or when.

    1. I had the same experience transcribing names in my hometown, John. The colonial wars had all the old Nutfield names, and then overtime, the immigrant waves were apparent with French names, Irish names, Italian names as the new families arrived. It was especially interesting to see family names I recognized from around town or in church.

  2. Heather,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!