June 7, 2011

Free Cemetery Databases: Tech Tuesday

Following the example set by Geneabloggers host Thomas MacEntee, I’m in the process of building a research toolbox on this blog. I started out with My Favorite Genealogy Calculators. Today I’m adding some of the online resources I use for cemetery and gravestone research. The following list concentrates on national databases, along with a few that are specific to Ohio:

Access Genealogy Cemetery Records (select state & county):

Cemetery Junction (directory of cemeteries by state):

Find A Grave (worldwide collection of “memorials”—which may include cemetery & tombstone images, transcriptions, obituaries, and/or family information and links—created by volunteer members):

Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal (how-to's, finding aids, & links):

Interment.net (worldwide database of transcriptions):

Names in Stone (database of plots with maps; strongest for Utah):

U.S. GenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project (national database of cemetery transcriptions organized by state projects, some images):

USGS Geographic Names Information System (aid to locating and mapping cemeteries; select “Cemetery” from the Feature Class):

                           Resources Specific to Ohio
Cleveland Cemetery Index (index of 10 city cemeteries with maps):

Delaware County Burials (index to 60,000 burials):

Franklin County, Ohio Gravestone Photos (partial indexes of numerous cemeteries, with transcriptions and photos):

Ohio Gravestones.org (statewide collection of tombstone images with transcriptions):

Robert’s Cemetery Site (transcriptions & photos):

The Fleshman Files (indexes, including Greenlawn in Columbus):

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I hope it gives your cemetery and tombstone research a boost! What's your favorite online cemetery resource?


  1. Thanks for the tips Shelley. Some of these are new to me. My OH roots are in Athens, Clinton, Highland and Warren counties.

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting, Denise. I have roots in Athens Co., too, as well as Gallia, Meigs, Delaware, and Franklin. My husband's line adds several northeast Ohio counties, so I'm always on the lookout for good Ohio resources. I'm glad you found the list helpful!


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