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Cemetery records often consist of two very important types of records -- (1) the headstones in the cemetery, and (2) the records kept by the caretaker of the cemetery, usually called sexton's records. The larger cemeteries usually have a sexton's office where records are located.

Sexton's records include names of the owners of burial lots and information about those buried there. In smaller cemeteries, sexton's records may not exist or they may be stored off-site, such as in the home of the cemetery's caretaker or sexton. In those cases, the headstone may be the only record of the person buried in the grave.

Tombstone inscriptions provide information often not available from other sources. However, there are several possible problems. The tombstone may be weathered and difficult to read. Vandalism may have destroyed information on the stones. Sometimes, the information recorded by the stonecutter on the tombstone may have been incorrect.

All of the larger cities in Idaho have one or more cemeteries within the boundaries of the city. Many rural towns and communities also have cemeteries identified by the name of the locality. Historically, those who died were often buried near where the death occurred -- on farms, near a mine, in a remote forest location, etc. Many of these burial locations have been identified and the information about those buried there has been abstracted. Some are listed on the Idaho Historical Society web site, under Collections, by county. Some of them are also listed on the USGenWeb site for each county in the state.

Collections

  • Transcriptions of cemetery records compiled by local genealogical groups or individuals are available at the Family History Library for most counties in Idaho. The Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog lists more of these records under:
IDAHO - CEMETERIES
IDAHO, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
IDAHO, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CEMETERIES


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

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Online

The following have significant cemetery listings for Arkansas 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 (Idaho), 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.

  • Epodunk has a cemetery list for Idaho.
  • Locations of many cemeteries in each county in Idaho, as listed on the Idaho Genealogical Society web site. Information about the individual cemeteries is given.
  • Records and photos of grave markers and their GPS locations are available online at BillionGraves
  • Abstracts of those buried in a few cemeteries in Idaho are at Interment.net.
  • Photographs of some tombstones in cemeteries in Idaho are online at the Idaho Gravestones website.

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See Also

United States Cemetery Records


 

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