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Find A Grave Index
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Record Description
Record Type: Cemetery
Collection years: 1500s-Present
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection is an index courtesy of Find A Grave, an expansive family history database of records and images from the world's cemeteries. The index covers the years 1500-2018. This collection is being published as information becomes available from Find A Grave.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Year of death
  • Cemetery where buried

They may also include the following:

  • Full death date
  • Birth year or full birth date
  • Cemetery plot location and/or GPS coordinates
  • Relationship links to other family members buried in the same or other cemeteries
  • Photo of the headstone
  • Other biographical information

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The approximate date of death
  • The location of the burial

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

Images of the headstone, tombstone, grave marker or memorial where the information was obtained can be viewed at

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If they are available, consider ordering the death certificate
  • Use the information found on the grave stone to access other valuable records, such as census, land, and probate
  • Look for other family members, or people with the same surname who may be buried nearby your individual

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • For women you know have married or were married at some point in their lives, look for the name with the husband's surname on it.  Some also will not have the maiden name although a few do. Often it is not possible to put all names on a headstone due to the size of the headstone, so this helps when trying to locate a female name. Girls under at least 15 but usually 18 to 22 will almost invariably have only the maiden surname
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.