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Finding Cemetery Records

Cemetery records are not a dead end. Locating where an individual is buried can lead to additional records. These records may include:

  • death certificates
  • obituaries
  • military records
  • funeral home records
  • information concerning other family members.

Cemetery records can be found in various, but the most common are:

  • Online Records
  • Published Records
  • Visit the Cemetery
Online Records:<br>

With the explosion of family history research, there are a number of internet sites which can help you find the cemetery where your ancestors are buried. These online sources will usually have information from the actual gravestone but may also have photographs of the stones. Helpful sites are:

  • Find A Grave
  • Webcemeteries
  • Billion Graves
  • USGenWeb
  • Cemetery Junction
  • Iowa Gravestones Photo Project

Iowa WPA Graves Registration

  • Saving Graves
  • The Tombstone Project

Published Records: These records can be found in book form or on the Internet. If in book form, visit the library in the county where your ancestor lived. A good source to locate published cemetery is the Family History Library Catalog. Use the Keyword Search feature on catalog drop down menu of the Family History Library Catalog to find more records under:  IOWA - CEMETERIES  IOWA, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES  IOWA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CEMETERIES

Visit the Cemetery: In some cases records have not been published in book form or on the Internet. If this is the case a trip or phone call to the cemetery will be necessary. Online phone directories are a good source to locate contact information for cemeteries. One site to use is