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Cemeteries and Obituaries. A source of Vital Information. Cemetery Records. Family members Relatives in other plots Children who died young Women not found in other records. Can be a place to find…. Cemetery Records. Often include information about:. Birth Marriage Death.

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cemeteries and obituaries

Cemeteries and Obituaries

A source of

Vital Information

cemetery records
Cemetery Records
  • Family members
  • Relatives in other plots
  • Children who died young
  • Women not found in other records
  • Can be a place to find…
cemetery records1
Cemetery Records
  • Often include information about:
  • Birth
  • Marriage
  • Death
  • And sometimes:
  • Military service
  • Religion
  • Membership in an Organization
cemetery records2
Cemetery Records

Vary in completeness and accuracy.

Records may be difficult to locate.

cemetery records3
Cemetery Records

Determining a burial place can be a difficult problem.

Use Obituaries and Death Certificates to solve this problem.

1 churchyard
1. Churchyard

Members buried here.

Custom from the Old World.

Common in colonial states.

2 church owned cemetery
2. Church-owned Cemetery
  • Not adjacent to Church building but is owned and operated by the church.
  • Example in SLC is Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery .
3 government owned cemetery
3. Government-owned Cemetery
  • Includes military
  • Can be at town, county, state or national levels
  • Maintained by taxes
  • Salt Lake City Cemetery is an example.

DeRuyter Town Cemetery,

New York

4 privately owned non church cemetery
4. Privately-owned, non-church cemetery
  • Operated as a business enterprise; is a corporation.
  • More common in recent years.
  • Larkin Sunset Lawn is an example in Salt Lake City.

Poukeepsie Cemetery

5 the family cemetery
5. The Family Cemetery
  • Often just a small corner of the family farm or estate.
  • Set aside for family members and relatives.
  • Found throughout Utah on hillsides and farms.
2 types of cemetery records
2 Types of Cemetery Records
  • Sexton’s Records
  • Tombstone or Gravestones
Sexton’s Records

~ started around the time of the Civil War

Sexton’s Records

Provide ~

Names and dates

of those buried.

They are not obliged to share these records.


may also provide

Maps of

burial plots

Salt Lake City Cemetery

how to contact sextons
How to Contact Sextons
  • FHL Resources include:
  • “Cemeteries of the United States”
    • Organized by County
  • “United States Cemetery Addressbook”
    • Organized by State and Town

Tombstones or Gravestones

    • The Other Cemetery Record

Have been around a very long time.

May be only record that a person lived and died.

The two types of Cemetery Records:
  • Sexton’s Records
  • Tombstones or Gravestones

These may be transcribed

and found in publications.


One FHL Tool:“The Cemetery Record Compendium” 1979by Jack Stemmons, FHL[has a Key to Format]Lists some of the Library Cemetery Record HoldingsUses our film numbers

other tools for finding transcriptions of cemetery records
Other Tools for finding Transcriptions of Cemetery Records
  • Library Catalog Topics:
    • Cemeteries
    • Vital records
    • Also found under Newspapers and Obituaries
let s do a search for a mrs roxana dame in the niagara new york area we ll use the fhl catalog

Let’s do a search for a Mrs. Roxana Dame in the Niagara, New York area.We’ll use the FHL catalog.


L.D.J. December 6, 1884, p 2 c 5 In Royalton, Nov 28, 1884 – Dame- Mrs. Roxana Dame, relict of Samuel Dame age 88 yr., resided here 50 yr. Born Vermont. Early to Canada. 1st husb. Capt. Cutter with whom came N.Y. 4 children. He died consumption. She mar. Samuel Dame. Members M. E. Church Grandchildren. Miss Sara and Orlanda Dame. Lived with James C. Swift Family, Mrs. Swift being a step-daughter.

Let’s do another search.This time we’ll use PERSI because the catalog doesn’t have what I’m looking for in Dryden, Tompkins, New York.

Periodical is

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record


Found in FHL


A valuable source of older record information

Easier to find than original copies.

abstracts can look like this
Abstracts can look like this…

They can provide good information.

The FHL cannot house microfilms of all newspapers.It has some. The FHL can be a good source for INDEXES to newspapers.

Use the index to locate

actual articles.