North Carolina Cemeteries
Cemetery records, such as tombstones and sexton’s records, may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, and the maiden names. Sometimes they contain birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. Family members may also be buried nearby.
OnlineThe following websites have some cemetery listings for North Carolina State.
- Findagrave.com Search for names 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
- You may need to narrow by county
- Go to Find A Grave Home page, click Search for a cemetery, select the state (North Carolina), 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.
- You may need to narrow by county
- Web: North Carolina, Find A Grave Index, 1716-2012 at Ancestry.com ($) State.
- North Carolina Genealogy organizes online transcriptions by county and city]
- Interment.net has a cemetery transcription library by county
- Find a Grave has millions of grave records.
WPA Cemetery Index
As part of the Historical Records Survey, the federal government created a North Carolina Cemetery Inscription Card Index. This is commonly known as the WPA Cemetery Index. It is at the North Carolina State Archives and on microfilm at the Family History Library. The films are arranged alphabetically in two parts by the name of the person: one for burials before 1914 and another for burials after 1914.
- Pre-1914 Cemetery Inscription Card Index. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1972. FHL film 882944–64 A list of the cemeteries included in the indexes is found on microfilms 882942–43.
- Post-1914 Cemetery Inscription Card Index. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1972. FHL film 882965–69
Family History Library Collection
- The Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Collection also contains tombstone inscriptions arranged by county from many North Carolina cemeteries.
- Daughters of the American Revolution (North Carolina). Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. FHL films 860336 (first of 55) This collection includes family histories and transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, will, marriage, death, and obituary records. The volumes are generally arranged by county, and many have individual indexes. There is a surname index to this collection.
- Cemetery Records of North Carolina. 8 vols. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1947–1961. FHL film 873690 item 3 – 873691; fiche 6046892; book 975.6 V3r
- McEachern, Leora H. Gravestone Records. 10 vols. Wilmington, North Carolina: L. H. McEachern, 1971–81. FHL fiche 6017876; book 975.6 V3m
- North Carolina Cemetery Project. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986. FHL fiche 6047785 (first of 7) These records are alphabetical by surname within each cemetery. There are some death dates as late as 1961.
- Welborn, Mrs. John Scott. North Carolina Tombstone Records. 3 vols. Highpoint, North Carolina: Mrs. J. S. Welborn, 1938 FHL film 18068–18069
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). Index to United States Cemeteries. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. FHL films 1206483–1206484 85 list cemeteries in North Carolina counties from Alamance to Yancey. This is an inventory of cemeteries, not an index to the names of individuals.
For more information on cemetery records, see United States Cemeteries. To find more sources in the Family History Library Catalog, use a Place Search under:
NORTH CAROLINA- CEMETERIES
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY]- CEMETERIESNORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- CEMETERIES
- Several periodicals have published inscriptions and inventories from North Carolina cemeteries. These are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), described in North Carolina Periodicals.