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Find a Grave Using the Web

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One of the most popular activities on the Web is tracking down genealogy records. Part of this search includes finding graves, interment records, or gravesite information. The following sites are some of the best resources online for finding this information.

  • FindaGrave: with millions of cemetery records, this site is a great resource. Includes a search for famous graves, location-based searching, date search, a listing of "interesting" monuments, and over 70 million grave records you can search through.
  • Interment.net: Offers an extensive database of cemetery and burial records from thousands of cemeteries all over the world. Special collections include federal and state veterans' cemeteries, cemeteries of the California missions, and cemeteries that have been unfortunately flooded by dam building.
  • Arlington National Cemetery: Probably the most famous cemetery in the United States. and one of the oldest. Only interments conducted after 1999 can actually be found online using the Nationwide Gravesite Locator; however, the site also offers a detailed list of daily funerals, comprehensive burial information, and a detailed listing of historical figures buried at the site.
  • Cemetery Junction Directory: One of the oldest genealogical sites on the Web, with over 100,000 separate cemetery listings from all over the world. Includes cemetery listings and transcriptions (provided by volunteers) from the United States, Canada, and Australia.
  • National Cemeteries: Here, you can browse through 131 national cemeteries in 39 different states. Click on a particular listing, and you'll see office and visitation hours, directions, historical information, historical figures buried there, and direct contact information.
  • Death, Burial, Cemetery, and Obituaries: There is a wealth of information available here, including birth and death information, family origins, cemetery and interment details, and obituaries (note: this site requires a membership, but a free trial is available).
  • Cemeteries and Funeral Homes: Exhaustive list of resources to find graves or cemeteries or cemetery records. Cyndi's List is one of the best genealogical resources online.

Still not finding what you're looking for? Try the following resources:

  • How to Find Obituaries Online: Death notices, interment records, and obituaries can usually be tracked down online with a little bit of patience. However, sometimes the Web is merely a jumping-off point for research that can only be done in person at a records office. Use this article to help you in your research for obituaries.
  • The Top Ten Sites for Finding Public Records Online: Many town, state, and federal offices put public records online. Here are ten search tools you can use right now for free to track down this information.

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