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=== Online Resources ===
  
Cemetery [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone tombstones], or [[Sexton Records|sexton's records]], may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse, names of children, and maiden names. Less often, they contain birth places. Tombstones may have [http://genealogy.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.angelfire.com%2Fky2%2Fcemetery%2Freid.html symbols] or [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/grave.shtml insignias] indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. There are also [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/grave_symbols.shtml abbreviations] that give clues when deciphered. Also, family members may be buried in the same plot or nearby. [http://www.gravestonestudies.org/faq.htm The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS)] has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible.
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/washington/index.html Online Washington Death Records & Indexes]  
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/ Washington State Digital Archives Cemetery Records]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi Washington Cemetery Records at Findagrave.com]  
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*[http://interment.net/us/wa/index.htm Washington Cemetery Records at Interment.net]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=0&search_text=&action=search_cemetery BillionGraves Washington Cemeteries]
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*{{RecordSearch|2026973|BillionGraves Index}}
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/washing.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/ Linkpendium] scours the Internet for resources.
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/washington/washing.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project - Washington]  
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/wa.html I Dream of Genealogy]  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/WA/Cemetery-Records.htm Washington Cemetery Records] at LDS Genealogy
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-WA-NDX.html D'Addezio.com Washington Cemeteries]<br><br>
  
=== Collections ===
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Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information and clues to military service, religion, membership in an organization, and more.
  
*The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from some Washington cemeteries. This collection is described in the “[[Washington Genealogy|Genealogy]]” section. Some tombstone inscriptions are also published in periodicals. See [[United States Cemeteries|United States Cemeteries]] for further suggestions on locating cemetery records.
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=== Online  ===
  
*A valuable published collection of tombstone inscriptions covering parts of 12 counties is ''Cemetery Records of Washington'', Six Volumes. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1957-60.) {{FHL|207845|item|disp=Family History Library films 824254 item 4 to 824255-56; book 979.7 V3p}}  
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The following have significant cemetery listings for Washington state: {{Note|Sites may be incomplete. <br>• They may not list all cemeteries in a county <br>• and may not include all burials in a cemetery.}}<br>
  
Transcripts of cemetery records for Washington are listed in the Family History Library Catalog using the Place-names Search for:
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*Findagrave.com [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=0&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Search for names] Enter at least a last name then click '''Search'''. Can narrow by first names or dates.
:*WASHINGTON - CEMETERIES
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**This site frequently has tombstone images
:*WASHINGTON, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
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**[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=0&CSst=50 List of cemeteries] statewide for cemeteries in their database
:*WASHINGTON, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CEMETERIES
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****Go to [http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave Home page], click '''Search for a cemetery''', select the state (Washington), then select from the '''county list''', and press '''Search'''.
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***Click on the number below '''Interments''' for a cemetery to access names. Click '''Records''' arrow to scroll through to the end.
  
=== Web Sites  ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70629 ''Web: Washington, Find A Grave Index, 1821-2012''] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
*[http://www.dar.org/ DAR.org]
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{{Tip|<br>
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# Family members may be buried in the same plot or nearby.
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# [http://genealogy.about.com/od/cemetery_records/ig/tombstone_symbols/ Symbols] and [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/grave_symbols.shtml abbreviations] may lead you to other records.
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# Weathering and damage to tombstones make [[Washington Cemeteries#Published Transcriptions|early published transcriptions]] priceless.}}<br>
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.interment.net/US/wa/index.htm Interment.net]  
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**Lists of cemeteries in the counties.
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**Transcriptions viewable.
  
*[http://www.interment.net/US/wa/index.htm Interment.net]
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] collection.
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Search#1 Search]: Select Record Series "Cemetery Directories," enter name, click '''Search'''.  
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***Can narrow by county or to specific cemetery.  
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**For a list of cemeteries they have for a county: Select the county and click the down arrow next to "Select a Title."
  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-WA-NDX.html D'Addezio.com Washington Cemeteries]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/ Linkpendium] scours the Internet for resources.  
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**Links to cemetery databases on other sites.
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**Many cemeteries individually searchable.
  
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/washington.html KindredTrails.com Washington Cemeteries]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/washington/washing.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project - Washington]  
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**List of cemeteries by county.
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**Transcriptions viewable for several cemeteries.
  
*[http://washington-genealogy.com/Washington-Cemetery-Records.htm Washington Cemetery Records]
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/wa.html I Dream of Genealogy] (Free)
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**Lists of cemeteries by county.
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**All are linked to viewable transcriptions.
  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/washington/washing.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project - Washington]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/WA/Cemetery-Records.htm Washington Cemetery Records] (Free) at LDS Genealogy. Easy to navigate.
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**Lists of cemeteries by county.
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**Some links to viewable transcriptions.
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery BillionGraves.com]
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-WA-NDX.html D'Addezio.com Washington Cemeteries]
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**Lists of cemeteries or search by the name of the cemetery. Cannot narrow by county.
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**Transcriptions viewable.
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=0&search_text=&action=search_cemetery BillionGraves.com]
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**Searchable at state or county level, images of tombstones.
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**Lists of cemeteries by county, with # of entries in Billion Graves site.
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/washington.html KindredTrails.com Washington Cemeteries]
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**Links to other sites, searches of sponsored sites.
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*[http://www.wastatecem.org/ Washington State Cemetery Association]
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**Database has been transferred to FindAGrave (listed above)
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See also [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] links to databases on other sites.
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=== Value of Cemetery Records ===
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Cemetery [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone tombstones], or [[Sexton Records|sexton's records]], usually give death date, and age or birth date. Sometimes they give birth place. Spouse and children who died young are often buried nearby.
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{{Tip|Check every person buried in the plot, as they may be close relatives.}}
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'''Use cemetery records to:'''
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*Identify children who died young or who were not recorded in birth or death records.
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*Establish family relationships and learn of family members.
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*Find clues that lead you to other records about the person. For example:
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**Tombstones may have [http://www.graveaddiction.com/symbol.html symbols] or [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/grave.shtml insignias] indicating military service and social or religious affiliations.
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**There are also [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/grave_symbols.shtml abbreviations] that give clues when deciphered.
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The [https://www.gravestonestudies.org/ Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS)] has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible.
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=== Published Transcriptions  ===
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Many tombstones have been damaged over time by weathering, excavation, vandalism, and so on. As a result, earlier transcriptions may be more accurate and more complete.
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Fortunately, early transcriptions may be found in [[Washington Periodicals|periodicals]]. Individuals and societies also published cemetery indexes in book form.
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*{{FHL|United States, Washington|place|disp=Washington Cemetery Records}} listed in the FamilySearch Catalog.
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**For counties, simply add a comma to the search box and slide (way) down to select the county.
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***Or do a '''Place Name''' search for "United States, Washington, [county]."
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**For towns, select the county, add a comma, and select the town.
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*A valuable published collection of tombstone inscriptions covering parts of 12 counties is ''Cemetery Records of Washington'', Six Volumes. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1957-60.) {{FHL|207845|item|disp=Family History Library films 824254 item 4 to 824255-56; book 979.7 V3p}}.
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**v. 1. Lewis and Benton counties -- v. 2. King, Klickitat, and Pierce counties -- v. 3. King, Klickitat, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish and Thurston counties -- v. 4. King, Klickitat and Pierce counties -- v. 5. Island, Kitsap, Lewis and Pierce counties -- v. 6. Cowlitz, Pierce and Thurston counties.
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See [[United States Cemeteries|United States Cemeteries]] for further suggestions and information.
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=== References  ===
  
 
<br>{{Washington|Washington}}  
 
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[[Category:Washington|Cemeteries]] [[Category:United_States_Cemeteries]]
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Online Resources

Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information and clues to military service, religion, membership in an organization, and more.

Online

The following have significant cemetery listings for Washington 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
        • Go to Find A Grave Home page, click Search for a cemetery, select the state (Washington), 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.

  • Interment.net
    • Lists of cemeteries in the counties.
    • Transcriptions viewable.
  • Washington State Digital Archives collection.
    • Search: Select Record Series "Cemetery Directories," enter name, click Search.
      • Can narrow by county or to specific cemetery.
    • For a list of cemeteries they have for a county: Select the county and click the down arrow next to "Select a Title."
  • Linkpendium scours the Internet for resources.
    • Links to cemetery databases on other sites.
    • Many cemeteries individually searchable.
  • I Dream of Genealogy (Free)
    • Lists of cemeteries by county.
    • All are linked to viewable transcriptions.
  • Washington Cemetery Records (Free) at LDS Genealogy. Easy to navigate.
    • Lists of cemeteries by county.
    • Some links to viewable transcriptions.
  • BillionGraves.com
    • Searchable at state or county level, images of tombstones.
    • Lists of cemeteries by county, with # of entries in Billion Graves site.

See also Cyndi's List links to databases on other sites.

Value of Cemetery Records

Cemetery tombstones, or sexton's records, usually give death date, and age or birth date. Sometimes they give birth place. Spouse and children who died young are often buried nearby.

Use cemetery records to:

  • Identify children who died young or who were not recorded in birth or death records.
  • Establish family relationships and learn of family members.
  • Find clues that lead you to other records about the person. For example:
    • Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations.
    • There are also abbreviations that give clues when deciphered.

The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible.

Published Transcriptions

Many tombstones have been damaged over time by weathering, excavation, vandalism, and so on. As a result, earlier transcriptions may be more accurate and more complete.

Fortunately, early transcriptions may be found in periodicals. Individuals and societies also published cemetery indexes in book form.

  • Washington Cemetery Records listed in the FamilySearch Catalog.
    • For counties, simply add a comma to the search box and slide (way) down to select the county.
      • Or do a Place Name search for "United States, Washington, [county]."
    • For towns, select the county, add a comma, and select the town.
  • A valuable published collection of tombstone inscriptions covering parts of 12 counties is Cemetery Records of Washington, Six Volumes. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1957-60.) Family History Library films 824254 item 4 to 824255-56; book 979.7 V3p.
    • v. 1. Lewis and Benton counties -- v. 2. King, Klickitat, and Pierce counties -- v. 3. King, Klickitat, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish and Thurston counties -- v. 4. King, Klickitat and Pierce counties -- v. 5. Island, Kitsap, Lewis and Pierce counties -- v. 6. Cowlitz, Pierce and Thurston counties.

See United States Cemeteries for further suggestions and information.

References