Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

These records are for the years 1863 to 2005.

Record Description

These records are of various types for several cemeteries in Danville, Virginia. They contain burial records, deed books, and plot books. The cemeteries included are:

  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Grove Street Cemetery
  • Highland Burial Park
  • Leemont Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Oak 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. 

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Cemeteries in Virginia. Virginia, Danville City cemetery records. Public Works Department, Danville, Virginia.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Record Content

The records may contain the following information:

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

How to Use the Record

When you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what is information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

  • 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.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

Why the Record Was Created

Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot.

Record Reliability

The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 10 May 2012), Oakhill Cemetary > Cemetary records, 1971-2006 > image 10 of 42, Thelma Ann Johns Barksdale, burial, 14 November 1975; citing City of Danville Public Works Department.