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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1899 to 2011.

This collection is comprised of index cards and the daily burial log book of the Italian Cemetery in Colma.

Note: This collection is only available to registered users of FamilySearch.

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. 

The daily burial log begins in 1934 and continues to the present. 

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.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

California. San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records. Italian Cemetery. Colma, California.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The following information is generally found in these records:

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  • Name of deceased
  • Where buried
  • Age of deceased
  • Gender of deceased
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Relationship to owner of grave
  • Name of undertaker

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the “Browse" link on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the “County” category
⇒ Select the “Record Type, Date Range and Volume” category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Note: This collection is only available to registered users of FamilySearch.

To begin your search, you will need to know the person’s name and the approximate burial or death date. Once 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 to confuse individuals. Compare what 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 death date or year to calculate the birth date.
  • Use the birth date to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • 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.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

Related Websites

  • Find a Grave
  • BillionGraves page for this cemetery.  Has Google map showing cemetery and possibly adjoining cemetery in the same satellite view.  As of 10 December 2012 no images of headstones in this cemetery have been uploaded to this site.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 June 2011), San Mateo > Daily log book > Italian Cemetery Burlal log (Day Book), 1933-1939, vol. 01 > Image 4 > Lina Ruggero Pedorni, February 13, 1933; citing Cemetery Records Italian Cemetery, Colma, California.


 

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