District of Columbia Cemeteries

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Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or, occasionally, a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library has the original Registers of Burials in District of Columbia Cemeteries, 1847 to 1938 in six volumes. FHL film 887587

The DAR collection, described in District of Columbia Genealogy, has many tombstone inscriptions. In some cases, you will need to write to the cemetery sexton's office for information. The oldest existing cemeteries are:

Rock Creek Cemetery

Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street N.W.
St. Paul's Episcopal Parish
Washington, DC 20011
Telephone: 202-726-2080
The Daughters of the American Colonists have transcribed the tombstones of this cemetery FHL book 975.3 V22d; film 874221

Congressional Cemetery

1801 E Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Telephone: 202-543-0539
They have a "Famous People" card file. BillionGraves has headstone photos and transcriptions.

Mount Olivet Cemetery (Roman Catholic)

1300 Bladensburg Road, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: 202-399-3000

Glenwood Cemetery

2219 Lincoln Road, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: 202-667-1016
The stones were transcribed by the DAR FHL book 975.3 V22da

Online Records

The Oak Hill Cemetery Company

3001 R Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Telephone: 202-337-6481

Prospect Hill Cemetery

2201 N. Capitol Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-1103
Telephone: 202-667-0676
Primarily German-American

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA 22211
Telephone: 877-907-8585

Historical Cemeteries (remains already relocated if known)

  • Beall Burying Ground
  • Eastern Methodist Cemetery
  • Female Union Band Society Burying Ground
  • Graceland Cemetery
  • Holmeads Cemetery
  • Methodist Cemetery
  • Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Old Methodist Burying Ground
  • Presbyterian Graveyard
  • Rosemont Cemetery
  • St. Francis DeSales Cemetery
  • St. Matthew's Catholic Cemetery
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
  • St. Peter's Catholic Burial Ground
  • St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
  • Young Mens Baptist Cemetery


  • Find A Grave – Search by name, date, or cemetery; browse by location or "claim to fame;" or add burial records.
  • USGenWeb D.C. D.C. cemetery links.