Beginning in 1885, county commissioners across Pennsylvania were directed to provide burial expenses for Civil War soldiers that were poor and died destitute. Destitute Veteran Burial records were the beginning of a series of veteran burial records kept by Lancaster County government offices. In 1929, County Commissioners were directed to compile a record of all soldiers buried across cemeteries in Lancaster County. This project was begun during the Work Progress Administration and resulted in an inventory of veteran grave markers going back to the American Revolution. Additional compensation was continued by county commissioners through the late twentieth century to pay burial expenses for local veterans. Today these records are an important link to locating cemetery markers that may be in poor condition and finding a veteran ancestor or relative. The Lancaster County Archives Veteran Burials record over 200 years of veteran burials from the late 1700s through the 1980s.
*Note: This index is not a comprehensive list of every veteran that served but rather an indication of veteran burial records filed in Lancaster County.