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Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006
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Danville, Pittsylvania, Virginia, 
United States
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Location of Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1833-2006
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records are of various types for several cemeteries in Danville, Virginia for the years 1833 to 2006. They contain burial records, deed books, and plot books.

The cemeteries included are:

  • Danville Cemetery
  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Grove Street Cemetery
  • Highland Burial Park
  • Leemont Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Old Green Hill Cemetery
  • Schoolfield Cemetery

Cemeteries begin keeping records as soon as they are opened. The purchase of a burial plot is a land transaction and is recorded with a deed.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Virginia. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of deceased
  • Number and location of grave
  • Birth and death dates (usually year only)
  • Sometimes, a brief biography of deceased
  • Names of close family members such as spouse, parents, or children
  • Undertaker or mortuary

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Other identifying information such as the birth and death date

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Select Cemetery Name
  2. Select Record Description to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records
  • Use the birth date along with your relative’s names to find the family in census records
  • Use the locality and relative's name to locate church and land records
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Compile the entries for every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful for rural areas or unusual surnames
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Virginia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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