Vital Record Dates
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|Cemetery Record||Cemetery Inventory|
A record is any information created and maintained about burials. Records are often created by the cemetery administrators (church, association, county, or other). Unfortunately, burial records are not available for all cemeteries.
|An inventory records information collected from headstones or markers. Only information that is visible at the time of the inventory's creation is recorded. Unfortunately, any burials that do not have a legible marker will not be identified in an inventory.|
Obituary or Funeral Notice
Funeral Home Records
Cemetery Association Records
Take a camera. Take photos of the headstones. Do not take rubbings because this can damage the stones.
Do not move anything. Many unusual items are used as grave markers. If you see things like rocks, pipes, stakes, or other items, leave them where they are.
Look around for a pavilion or other structure. These will sometimes have a listing of burial locations.