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Cemetery, Funeral and Cremation Records[edit | edit source]
These records are used to provide and/or verify information about the deceased and may identify surviving family members. While cremation is the primary means of handling the remains of the deceased in Thailand, there are cemeteries in Thailand. Chinese cemeteries tend to be the most common, but Christian and non-Christian cemeteries also exist. Some Thai Buddhist temples include areas where cremated remains are buried and/or recognized by headstones or memorials. These sources of information can be particularly valuable due to a general dearth of other records or difficulty accessing them in Thailand.
Among this record type can be found:
- Gravestones or monuments
- Burial records
- Exhumation records
- Cremation records
- Sextons records
- Funeral memorials or cremation volumes
The earliest records date from 800 AD and generally contain the deceased's name, age, death and burial date and place, birth date and place. They sometimes identify immediate family, relatives, and previous generations. In some cases, they also may include dates and other biographical information.
Records can be found in district and municipal archives, church archives, libraries, Chinese community associations, cemetery offices and Buddhist temple archives.
Records Available at BillionGraves[edit | edit source]
- Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok
- Chungkai War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi
- Bangkok Protestant Cemetery
- Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery
- Den Damrongtham Church Cemetery, Chiang Mai
- Jewish Cemetery, Bangkok
- Khuang Sing Chinese Cemetery, Chiang Mai
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi
- Sacred Heart Cathedral Cemetery, Chiang Mai
- Wat Chet Yot, Chiang Mai
- Wat Pho, in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
- Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai
- Wat Umong Cemetery 1, Chiang Mai
- Wat Umong Cemetery 2, Chiang Mai
Both Jewish and Christian burials are found at the Bangkok Protestant Cemetery and the Jewish Cemetery.
These records are also available on FamilySearch.
List of Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
Collections of Funeral Memorials[edit | edit source]
Funeral memorials are unique publications in Thailand. They commonly focus on content covering a wide range of topics published on behalf of or to honor the deceased person being recognized, but most of these publications also frequently contain some biographical information. Some libraries, old book stores, and other organizations have collected and digitized thousands of these.