Cemeteries and Tombstones
A tombstone usually provides the name, death date or year, possibly the age, birth date or year. Some family or group stones can give relationships. Adjacent and nearby tombstones can often be relatives or in-laws. Monuments may provide additional biographical or historical information. The family or a civic organization usually erected them at a later date.
There are publications of tombstone inscriptions for many cemeteries that were done by a variety of organizations, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). These publications are useful if a tombstone cannot be read due to deterioration or vandalism.
Check the cemetery records if possible. The records will usually indicate who purchased the plot, who was buried there, and the date of burial. It may also contain the cause of death, the funeral home, the parents' names, and the relationship of the plot owner.
In your research be aware that a tombstone may not exist for everyone buried at a cemetery. Stones may be placed as memorials and the person may not be buried there. Multiple people may be buried in a single grave. Some cemeteries reuse plots after a certain period of time.
African American Cemeteries Online - a database of African
American cemetery interments from 30 US states.
- American Battle
Monuments Commission. The ABMC commemorative mission is
reflected in 24 overseas military cemeteries that serve as
resting places for almost 125,000 American War Dead; on Tablets
of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 U.S. servicemen
and women; and through 25 memorials, monuments and markers.
Ancestors At Rest. Search Free Cemetery Records Database For
The United States, Canada, England, and Ireland.
- The Association
for Gravestone Studies. The Association for Gravestone
Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering
the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an
international organization with an interest in grave markers of
all periods and styles. Through its publications, conferences,
workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones
from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public
awareness of the significance of historic grave markers, and
encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve
Belfast (Northern Ireland) City Council. Burial Records.
You can search for burial records in Belfast
from 1869 onwards.
- Billion Graves. Our
goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries
throughout the world. We use modern technology to capture images
of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can
access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just
that: preserve at least one billion graves.
- Blatt, Warren.
Reading Hebrew Tombstones.
- Burke, Deborah M., editor. Cemeteries of the U.S.: A
Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and Their
Records. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, Inc., 1994.
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Your Guide to Cemetery
Research. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2002.
- Cemeteries Photographed by Allen Wheatley.
Jump to State: AL,
WV There is no search
feature, but the cemeteries are listed by state, county &
cemetery name, and then alphabetically by the name on the
gravestone. Included is a collection of Internet links to other
sites with cemetery information, transcriptions and photos.
Cemetery Records on the Web.
A volunteer effort to provide free listings of complete
cemetery surveys along with photographs of grave markers.
- The Cemetery Club
- TheCemeteryClub.com celebrates the art and history of
cemeteries across the country and even the world.
TheCemeteryClub.com recognizes the importance of education and
Do's and Don'ts from the Connecticut Graveyard Network.
Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven. Grave stone and
Forms. Chicora Foundation, Inc.
Cemetery Junction - Cemetery Listings. Many of the
cemeteries in this directory are linked to transcriptions
entered by volunteers. Use with Interment.com, Find-A-Grave and
Cemetery Records Online - search over 3.7 million names from
more than 7,500 cemeteries worldwide.
Records from Rootsweb. Contains over 79,000 names.
- Cemetery Registry.
This project was initiated by Gravestone Imaging to fulfill a
need, the need for a registry of cemeteries in the U.S. and
their locations. When doing Genealogy research, you sometimes
need or want to visit an actual gravesite. In order to visit a
gravesite, obviously you need to know where it is and how to get
Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions and/or Contributed Records
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
- Cemetery Transcription
- A tool that will allow keyword searching of your surnames
through thousands of online cemetery inscriptions across the web
- Civil War
Soldiers and Sailors System. Cemeteries.
Columbia Cemetery Burial Index. Columbia Cemetery, Boulder,
Colorado, 1870 to the Present, Index of Burials, Updated
December 2001. Compiled by Mary McRoberts for the Boulder
Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado.
- Commonwealth War Grave
Commission. Includes burial records from many sources.
Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission pays tribute to 1.7 million men and women who
died in the two world wars. After the Second World War, a record
of the civilian war dead was also established.
- Confederate and
Union Soldiers Burial Places - Edward G. Gerdes Civil War
Confederate Cemetery Index - Confederate Cemetery Index
- Death Indexes and
Records. Directory of online death indexes arranged by state
and county. Includes death records, death certificate indexes,
death notices, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery
- Deceased Online.
The central database for UK burials and cremations.
- Find a Grave -
Created by Jim Tipton, this site is a giant online cemetery -- a
necropolis with a search engine, instantly providing photos and
information on the final resting places of the famous, infamous
and anonymous. Currently there are over 8 million graves with
100 more added each hour.
Grave Symbols. The Olive Tree Genealogy. Includes a section
with grave images and their symbolic meanings.
- Graveyard &
Cemetery Conservation & Preservation. Gravestone
- Historic Graves.
The Historic Graves project is a community focused grassroots
heritage project in Ireland.
Illinois State Genealogical Society - Cemetery Location Project.
International Jewish Cemetery Project. The International
Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies' International Jewish
Cemetery Project mission is to catalogue every Jewish burial
site throughout the world.
- Interment.com. This is a
grave index that should be used along with Cemetery Junction,
Find-A-Grave, and others. This site has an index to records for
4,056,102 burials in 8,905 cemeteries from around the world. You
can browse cemetery transcriptions by county. The site also
links to gravestone transcriptions on other Web sites.
- Jewish Cemetery Association
of Massachusetts. There are 209 Jewish cemeteries in
Massachusetts; JCAM currently owns and operates 101 of these
Jewish cemeteries. As a service, we are providing maps and
directions to all 209 Jewish cemeteries. Database of over 50,000
Jewish names in the Jewish cemeteries. Results will shows the
name, burial location, cemetery name, street name and date of
- Karrick, Katie.
Do Gravestone Rubbings.
- Locate Grave.
LocateGrave.org allows you to search for gravesite locations of
family members and friends that have passed. The dataset
contains almost seven million entries. A majority of the data is
form U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which tracks graves
marked with a government grave marker. You can search by several
metrics including first name, last name, date of birth, date of
death, cemetery, cemetery state, and cemetery city.
Nampa, Idaho Interment and Genealogy Site.
This application is intended to assist the general public with
Cemeteries and Veteran Burials.
National German Military Grave Registration Service. A
database of more than two million names of missing and dead
German soldiers from both World Wars. In German. Notes for
searching: Nachname=surname; Vorname=first name; supplying a DOB
or DOD is optional. Click on "Suche beginnen" to start your
Gravesite Locator. Started as a database of veterans buried
in VA national cemeteries since the Civil War, and in state
military cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery since 1999.
Recently, the VA added 1.9 million records (mostly for veterans
and their family members buried in private cemeteries since
January 1997), the total number of records now exceeding 5
Political Graveyard. The Internet's Most Comprehensive
Source of U.S. Political Biography, or, The Web Site That Tells
Where the Dead Politicians are Buried.
Resting Places of United States Colored Troops
Cemetery Database. Database contains 793,201 records (74457
Selected states, and counties (as contributed)
RootWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees - Lesson 4: Vital
Records: Death, Tombstones and Cemeteries
- Smith, Gary. "Finding the Final Resting Place." NGS
NewsMagazine. 32:2 (April/May/June 2006): 44-46.
Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Grave database.
- Strangstad, Lynette. A Graveyard Preservation Primer.
Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira Press, 1998.
Transcription Project. The purpose of this project is to
organize volunteers who will work together to create a lasting
tribute to our ancestors. We will transcribe tombstone
inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made
easily accessible to all. US GenWeb.
- A Very Grave Matter.
This web site is a collection of photographs and historical
information of colonial cemeteries and gravestones of New
England in southern Maine, southern New Hampshire and northeast
Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records 1833-2006 - Imaged
documents - Cemetery records for several cemeteries in Danville,
Virginia. Records include indexes, burial records, deed books,
and plot books. Although the collection contains information on
individuals buried, 1833-2006, coverage will vary between
Virtual Cemetery Project. The Virtual Cemetery Project is a
collection of tombstone photos and a fully searchable archive of
transcriptions. Members of the Genealogy.com community
contributed all of the tombstone photographs in this collection.
Virtual Civil War Cemetery. Photographs by John A. Jackson
of Civil War veterans' tombstones.
Yalom, Marilyn. The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.