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There are many listings of the cemetery records of Alberta compiled by the Alberta Genealogical Society published in its magazine Bulletin. Most of these listings are indexed.

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Online Cemetery Websites

Many groups and organisations are working on transcriptions, photographs and video recording of these cemeteries.

Some of the cemetery records have been compiled by the Genealogical Society of Alberta. Many are in manuscript form at the Provincial Archives of Alberta and at the Alberta Genealogical Society 162, 14315 - 118 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Phone: 780-424-4429


Types of cemetery records

Types of care for Human Burial: earth burial, cremation, sea burial, entombment, donation to science, and cryogenic. Several types of cemetery records are available. Rural public cemeteries are under the infrastructure administration of the rural municipality, and urban public cemeteries by the local civic government (city hall). Caretakers or cemetery maintainence committees are usually appointed by the municipal government. Churches maintain church yards, and private land owners maintain homesteader burial sites.

The municipal government may have kept internment records of the names and dates of those buried and maps of the burial plots in public cemeteries. Some churches have kept burial records that may give birth, marriage and other family or health details. Tombstones or gravestones may also exist, or the information on them may have been transcribed. In Alberta many local organisations are working at photographing, video taping and transcribing the cemeteries.

Cemetery burial records, sometimes called internment records, often include birth, marriage, and death information. These records along with symbols on a gravestone may provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization, such as a lodge. These records are especially helpful for identifying children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents. Visit the cemetery in person to see if other relatives are in the same or adjoining plots.

To find tombstone or cemetery records you need to determine where an individual was buried. The person may have been buried in a community, church, private, military, or family cemetery, usually near the place where he lived or died or where other family members were buried. You can find clues to burial places in local history books, funeral notices, obituaries, church records, funeral home records, death records, scrip and homestead land records.

  • Alberta Biographies in local history books often provide excellent clues as to the locality which people resided in. Indexes to these books is provided by the Alberta Gen Web.
  • Land and Property Records are online for Alberta in terms of both scrip for First Nations and Metis persons and Dominion land patent records and applications for homesteaders. Where a person lived and farmed is often a clue to locate the cemetery near this locality.

Types of Cemeteries

  • Church
  • Government: town, rural municipality, provincial and national
  • Military: There are over 37 overseas cemeteries and memorials, for soldiers who died during service to their country. There are over 60,000 graves overseas of soldiers who died serving in World War I.
  • Family or private:

Sources for cemetery records

  • The present sexton, funeral home, rural municipality or city municipal government may have the burial registers and the records of the burial plots.
  • The Alberta Genealogy Society, and its branches may have the records or can help you locate obscure family plots or relocated cemeteries. Similarly local library, historical society, or local historian may assist in locating burial sites.
  • Sextons' records and transcripts of tombstone information that have been published, often in local genealogical periodicals.
  • Lists of soldiers' graves


Terms

Cenotaph: engraved on a tombstone indicates an empty grave, with the stone erected in memory or in honor of a person buried elsewhere. Abbreviations are often used on headstones. A list of abbreviations, including military abbreviations, is available at GRAVE SYMBOLS: Abbreviations on Gravestones and Historic Australian Cemeteries - Key to Symbols and Rituals Used in Cemeteries

Locating Cemeteries

  • Maps
  • GPS
  • Rural municipality maps
  • Early Rural municipality maps, Cummins maps and atlases
  • Rural municipality and town histories
  • Land records: deeds, scrip and homesetads
  • Government officials
  • Church officials
  • Mortuary & Funeral directors
  • Local historians
  • Residents
  • Local history books
  • Online search for cemetery name
  • Information gained from obituaries, death certificates, mortuary funeral cards
  • The Family History Library has cemetery records listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under [PROVINCE], [TOWN] - Cemeteries

Funeral directors in the area where your ancestors lived may have records similar to death and cemetery records. Funeral Homes are listed in online telephone directories.

Cemetery records may include an internment record. This record may contain as much information as the cause of death, person making the funeral arrangements and some time periods.

The Family History Library has a few cemetery records listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the following:

  • Alberta - Cemeteries - History
  • Alberta - Cemeteries - Indexes - Periodicals
  • Alberta - Cemeteries - Indexes
  • Alberta - Cemeteries - Inventories, registers, catalogs
  • Alberta - Cemeteries
  • Alberta - Church history - Biography
  • Alberta - Church history - Periodicals
  • Alberta - Church history
  • Alberta - Church records - Inventories, registers, catalogs - Indexes
  • Alberta - Church records - Inventories, registers, catalogs

Cemetery Addresses

You can find the addresses of Alberta's cemeteries in the listing provided by the Alberta Genealogy Society which lists cemeteries. Alberta Family Histories Society : Alberta Death Records Cemeteries

See also

Alberta Cemeteries (National Institute)

Alberta Funeral Homes (National Institute)

Alberta Military Records

Some sections adapted from United States Cemeteries


 

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