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Record Description

These records are of various types for several cemeteries in Danville, Virginia for the years 1833 to 2006. They contain burial records, deed books, and plot books. The cemeteries included are:

  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Grove Street Cemetery
  • Highland Burial Park
  • Leemont Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Schoolfield Cemetery

Cemeteries begin keeping records as soon as they are opened. The purchase of a burial plot is a land transaction and is recorded with a deed.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Virginia. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006.

Record Content

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of deceased
  • Number and location of grave
  • Birth and death dates (usually year only)
  • Sometimes, a brief biography of deceased
  • Names of close family members such as spouse, parents, or children
  • Undertaker or mortuary

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Other identifying information such as the birth and death date

Search the Collection

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Cemetery Name"
⇒ Select the "Record Description" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what is information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with your relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative's name to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful for rural areas or unusual surnames.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

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Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Virginia, Danville City Cemetary Records, 1833-2006." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing Public Works Department, Danville, Virginia.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006.


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