Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Digging For Answers – September 24, 2009

Best Online Databases for Cemeteries
by Randy Seaver

Welcome to the Digging for Answers column on the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

This column will depend on your submission of questions about cemeteries, gravestones, burial practices, and other topics that concern a Graveyard Rabbit (other than where his next carrot is coming from!).  So please send some questions to the editor, who will pass them along and keep the columnist hopping.

A reader wants to know:  "What are the best online databases for cemeteries?"

There are quite a few online databases for cemetery records.  Some records are in large databases for completely surveyed cemeteries, and other databases have only partial compilations.  Many of these records were generated by volunteers working with the cemeteries, or by just "walking the cemetery" and noting the inscriptions.  In many cases, genealogical and historical societies have sponsored projects to collect inscriptions and/or cemetery burial records from cemetery files.  Of course, there are many cemetery inscriptions and burial records that are not online. 

Here is a list of some of the online cemetery and burial record websites:

Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com) has over 36 million records from over 280,000 cemeteries, including some not in the United States.  Use the Search 36 million grave records  link. 

Interment.net (www.interment.net) has over 4 million records from over 8,000 cemeteries, including some outside the United States.  Use the search box on the home page or select a country, state, and county to refine your search.

US GenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project (http://usgwtombstones.org) has records organized by States and Counties.  Start on the state page at http://usgwtombstones.org/registry.html.  There does not seem to be a Search box for the entire collection.

Rootsweb Cemetery Records Database (http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/) has over 1 million records.  Use the Search box on the page. 

Nationwide Gravestone Locator (http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov) has over 6.5 million burials in over 320 national and state military and veterans cemeteries. 

Access Genealogy (www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery) has about 45,000 entries in two different databases.

JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery) has more than 1 million records in over 1,900 cemeteries worldwide.

Cyndi's List Cemetery page (www.cyndislist.com/cemetery) has links to many articles and some locality-based databases not in other indexes or databases.

The Political Graveyard (http://politicalgraveyard.com/) has over 190,000 cemetery records for politicians and government officials.

Cemetery Junction Directory (http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/index.html) has about 80,000 cemetery records including some non-United States cemeteries.

Ancestors at Rest (http://www.ancestorsatrest.com/cemetery_records/) has links to selected local cemetery records in the USA, Canada, Ireland, and England.

Maggie Stewart's Favorite Genealogy and History Web Links (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maggieoh/Links/cem.html) has links to many locality specific websites with cemetery records.

Local, county, or regional genealogical and historical societies may have cemetery records listings on their web sites (use a search engine to find records for a specific town, county, or state).  Societies may offer lookup services for specific cemetery records that are not online but are available in libraries or repositories in book, manuscript or, CDROM format.

Genealogy researchers need to understand that not every burial has been recorded, and that only a fraction of the available tombstone or burial records are online. 

3 Comments:

Blogger Connie said...

There are also the following sites. All are free and free of ads. Some have over hundred thousands stones online like Arkansas, Ohio, Nebraska and Iowa. Others are newer online and only have numbers in the thousands.
ArizonGravestones.org
ArkansasGravestones.org
ColoradoGravestones.org
FloridaGravestones.org
IdahoGravestones.org
IllinoisGravestones.org
IowaGravestones.org
LouisianaGravestones.org
MaineGravestones.org
MassachusettsGravestones.org
MarylandGravestones.org
NebraskaGravestones.org
NewJerseyCivilWarGravestones.org
NewMexicoGravestones.org
NewYorkGravestones.org
NorthDakotaGravestones.org
OhioGravestones.org
OklahomaGravestones.org
OregonGravestones.org
PennsylvaniaGravestones.org
SouthDakotaGravestones.org
UtahGravestones.org
VirginiaGravestones.org

September 24, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger tsvickery said...

There are two that I would like to add to this list specifically.

Lamar County Cemetery Records:
http://gen.1starnet.com/cemetery.htm

WIGenWeb Project Cemetery Tombstone Photo Pages
http://usgwarchives.net/wi/cemetery/

September 24, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger John Tierney said...

Can I point people at our Irish community-based project? Geotagged photographs, audio stories and short videos.

www.historicgraves.ie

August 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

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