California Cemetery Transcriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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California, Cemetery Abstracts, 1850-1960
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California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1850-1960
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of cemetery transciptions, for the years 1850 to 1960 from the following counties:

  • Amador
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Mariposa
  • Merced
  • Napa
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Joaquin
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Siskiyou
  • Solano
  • Stanislaus
  • Sutter
  • Tulare
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Cemetery Abstracts, 1850-1960.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Cemetery abstracts may include:

  • Name of Cemetery
  • Location (Town, County, State)
  • Full name of deceased
  • Date of Death
  • Names of Parents, Husband or Wife
  • Other Important Facts
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth

Collection Content

Sample Image

Amador Fresno Los Angeles
Mariposa Merced Napa
Riverside Sacramento San Joaquin
San Mateo Santa Cruz Siskiyou
Solano Stanislaus Sutter
Tulare Yolo Yuba

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The place of death or burial

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County, Town
  2. Select the Cemetery to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to additional family members in census records
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index
  • Search for the actual death record or certificate
  • Search for obituaries in local newspapers

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"California, Cemetery Abstracts, 1850-1960." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Cemetery Offices, California.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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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