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Cemetery or Sexton Records <<
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Cemetery or Sexton Records Guide

cemetery Records-
Cemetery or Sexton Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of burial


  • May also include:
  • Date of death
  • Age of death
  • Full dates of birth and/or death
  • Full name, including maiden name for women
  • Full name, including maiden name for women
  • Relationship clues - can see who else is buried in the plot
  • Owner of the plot
  • Cost of the plot and/or burial
  • Cause of death
  • Names of other involved - funeral home, officiating clergyman, memorial company
  • Information linking the plot owner to other plots (e.g., disinterment, reburial, etc.)
  • Address of deceased
  • Where deceased died, if other than where he/she lived
  • Name of doctor and/or hospital
  • Name of officiating minister
  • Through a visit to the cemetery

    Compiled sources: Check with local genealogical and historical libraries and societies and specialized libraries (E.G., DAR)

    General online compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog: http://www.familysearch.org/ search/searchcatalog.asp

  • To find dates of life events to further research
  • To find names of family members, neighbors and others who are buried in the same plot and are therefore likely connected to your ancestor
  • To find a woman's maiden name
  • To find cause of death
  • To get a sense of the economic standing of the family
  • Clues to other avenues of research - clergyman's name, funeral home, memorial company
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in cemetery records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Cemetery Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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