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) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from Arizona cemeteries. This collection is described in Arizona Genealogy. An important compilation of inscriptions from small cemeteries throughout the state is:
- Arizona Death Records: An Index Compiled from Mortuary, Cemetery, and Church Records. Three Volumes. Tucson, Arizona: Arizona State Genealogical Society, 1976-82. (Family History Library book 979.1 V3a; fiche 6019995-97.)
OnlineThe following have significant cemetery listings for Arizona State:
| Sites may be incomplete.
• They may not list all cemeteries in a county
• and may not include all burials in a cemetery.
- Findagrave.com Search for names at Find A Grave. Enter at least a last name then click Search. Can narrow by first names or dates.
- This site frequently has tombstone images.
- List of cemeteries statewide for cemeteries in their database
- Go to Find A Grave Home page, click Search for a cemetery, select the state ( Arizona), then select from the county list, and press Search.
- Click on the number below Interments for a cemetery to access names. Click Records arrow to scroll through to the end.
- Web: Arizona, Find A Grave Index, 1809-2012at Ancestry.com ($) State.
- IntermentSearch and browse cemetery burial records
- Billion Graves Replace the Smith surname in the pale orange form and click Search. Download photos of tombstones, shows a map of the cemetery to give approximate location of grave.
- USGenWeb Cemeteries & Photo,Arizona
- Names in Stoneis an online repository designed to help researchers find and document cemetery records and with interactive maps that show each grave’s location.
- Arizona Gravestones Photo Project has burial information and tombstone pictures.
Family History Library Collection
Several periodicals have published inscriptions and inventories from Arizona cemeteries. These are referenced in the "Places" portion of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), described in Arizona Periodicals.
For records on related record types, see ''Arizona Funeral Homes', Arizona Obituaries', and 'Arizona Vital Records'.
Pioneers' Cemetery Association-- Dedicated to Preserving Historic Cemeteries in Arizona.
Arizona Gravestones Photo Project -- Browse over 75,300 gravestone
photo records from across Arizona.
The Arizona Tombstone Transcription Project -- USGenWeb project.
The Nationwide Gravesite Locator, an online service of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.