Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization.
See United States Cemeteries for more detail.
Cemetery Records — a valuable resource
Use cemetery records to:
- Identify children who died young or women who were not recorded in birth or death records.
- Establish family relationships and locate family members.
- Learn a person's religious affiliations, military service, or social (Masonic, fraternal, or other) organizations the person joined.
- 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.
|1) Family members may be buried in the same plot or nearby. 2) Symbols and abbreviations may lead you to other records. 3) Weathering and other damages to tombstones make earlier transcriptions priceless. They may be published separately or in periodicals. They may not be digitized|
- The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from some Washington cemeteries. This collection is described in the “Genealogy” section. Some tombstone inscriptions are also published in periodicals. See United States Cemeteries for further suggestions on locating cemetery records.
- 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
Find transcripts of cemetery records for Washington in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For counties, simply add a comma to the search box and select the county... or search for "Washington, [county]."