Tips for researching cemteries Part 1 & 2
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I hope you find this interesting. Will post part 3 and 4 later.
Tips for researching cemetery records: Parts I & II
Records of burials, grave sites and tombstone inscriptions are often
obtainable from cemetery custodians. These custodians may be sextons,
county officials, township officers, city employees, town officials,
church officers, mortuary personnel, or private cemetery staff members.
Various types of records may be kept: burial registers, plot maps, plot
deeds, burial permits, and biographical cards.
In some cases the cemetery files will contain details on the persons
buried there. In other cases, only the name, date and site of the burial
will be recorded. If the name and location of the cemetery is known, you
should send them a SASE and inquiry addressed to the custodian asking
about your ancestor. Address of many cemeteries in the US can be found in
the following books:
1.Cemeteries of the US, by Gald Research Co Detroit, MI latest edition
over 22,600 cemeteries.
2.International Cemetery Directory, American Cemetery Association,
Columbus OH latest edition.
If the cemetery is unknown or if you are unable to locate a custodian or
if you do not receive a response send a SASE and inquiry to the nearest
local genealogical society. Give them details about your ancestor, and
ask them about cemeteries in the region, cemetery records (typescript,
published, manuscript, genealogical periodicals), custodians and search
Your second set of searches should be made at the nearest Family History
Center, which is a branch of the family history Library in Salt Lake
City, UT. The Family library has microfilm copies of a large number of
typescripts and published cemetery records. At the Family History Center,
ask for the locality section of the family history library catalog, which
is on microfiche and computer. You want the section, which pertains to
your ancestors' state. Move in them to you ancestor's county, then look
for cemetery records. Should you find that records are available and if
they look promising, have the attendant borrow them from the Library for