China Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983 .
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China, China
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Record Description
Record Type: Cemetery Records
Collection years: 1820-1983
Languages: Chinese
Title in the Language: 中國,墓地記錄
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes cemetery records from various locations throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia from 1820-1983. The records include both Chinese nationals and foreigners. Cemetery records include interment records (some from World War II), cremation records, and ossuarium records.

Chinese grave shapes, furnishings, and their symbolic meanings have to be understood within the context of the Chinese world view and of Chinese mythical beliefs in the origin of human life.

The article, China Cemeteries, has more information on the history of the cemetery records.

These records are in Chinese. See the section titled For Help Reading These Records for translation tools.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Cemetery records may contain the following information:

  • Name of person buried
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Last place of residence
  • Place of burial
  • Section of cemetery
  • Grave number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin searching the cemetery records, it is helpful to know the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death
  • Locality of cemetery

To search by image:
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Country" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Province" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "County" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Cemetery Name" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Title and Year" category which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image and compare the information you find with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to compare several images in order to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Chinese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • In some cases descendants would have their ancestors exhumed when they moved to another place and reburied in their new location.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.

Citing This Collection

A citation is a note that shows where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.

Collection Citation
“China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing University of Hong Kong. Feng Ping Shan Library, Hong Kong.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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