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Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes have insignia or symbols that provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization, such as a lodge. Nearby markers may help identify children who died young, or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.  
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{{Adoption TNGenWeb}} [[Image:{{TennShiCem}}]]''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Tennessee|Tennessee ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Tennessee_Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]''
  
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from many Tennessee cemeteries. The DAR collection is described in the “[[Tennessee Genealogy|Genealogy]]” section of this outline.  
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<br>Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, and relationship information. They sometimes have insignia or symbols that provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization, such as a lodge. Nearby markers may help identify children who died young, or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.  
  
Genealogical society members often copy and publish tombstone inscriptions. The USGenWeb Archives have records of more than 800 cemeteries listed county-by-county on their Internet site:
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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from many Tennessee cemeteries. The DAR collection is described in the [[Tennessee Genealogy|Tennessee Genealogy]] article.
  
''The Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project in USGenWeb Archives Digital Library.'' Highlighted cemeteries include tombstone abstracts.<br>http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/tennessee/tenn.html
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Genealogical society members often copy and publish tombstone inscriptions.  
  
Search the tombstone abstracts by using the USGenWeb search engine:<br>http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/newsearch.htm
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=== Online Resources  ===
  
Select the state of interest, type the name of the ancestor you seek in the “Query” field, and click the Search button. For best results, use the “Search Tips” and examples at the bottom of the web page. You will get a list of any matches with the option of viewing the full transcript.
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'''Bibliography'''
  
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*The '''[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]''' lists published records of&nbsp;Tennessee cemeteries.&nbsp; Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns. &nbsp;Some of the books referenced here may be&nbsp;available on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search '''Google Books''']&nbsp;and in public libraries.
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'''Online Gravestone Transcripts'''
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*'''[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]''' can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*[http://billiongraves.com/ '''BillionGraves'''] can be searched by the name of a person or by cemetery and location. The site provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
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*[http://www.interment.net/ '''Interment.net''']&nbsp;includes many Tennessee cemetery transcripts.
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*'''[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/search.html TNGenWeb Cemetery Database]''' lists cemeteries in&nbsp;many counties, often with indexes and&nbsp;burial transcripts.
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/ '''TNGenWeb Project'''] includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on&nbsp;individual county pages.
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*'''[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/tenn.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]''' lists cemeteries in&nbsp;many Tennessee counties, along with tombstone transcripts arranged by cemetery.
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'''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
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*'''[http://www.epodunk.com/ ePodunk]'''&nbsp;is a gazetteer&nbsp;of Tennessee cemeteries.
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*'''Find A Grave''' also gives&nbsp;a '''[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csb&CSst=45 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;many Tennessee counties] '''linking to the&nbsp;information about individuals buried there.
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== Published Finding Aids  ==
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A county-by-county list of cemetery record transcripts and the book and film numbers to locate them at the Family History Library as of 1988 is:  
 
A county-by-county list of cemetery record transcripts and the book and film numbers to locate them at the Family History Library as of 1988 is:  
  
*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah.) ''Index to United States Cemeteries.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=613269&disp=Index+to+United+States+cemeteries++ 1206468–94].) Films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=613269&disp=Index+to+United+States+cemeteries++ 1206489–90] contain a listing of the cemetery records in Tennessee.
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*Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah.) ''Index to United States Cemeteries.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. {{FHL|613269|item|disp=FHL film 1206468–94}}{{FHL|613269|item|disp=FHL films 1206489–90}} These films contain a listing of the cemetery records in Tennessee.
  
 
Some compilations of inscriptions from graveyards throughout the state are:  
 
Some compilations of inscriptions from graveyards throughout the state are:  
  
*Acklen, Jeannette Tillotson. ''Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, Historical and Biographical.'' Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=222499&disp=Tennessee+records%20%20&columns=*,0,0 976.8 V3ac 1976]; 1933 edition is on Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=222494&disp=Tennessee+records++ 1000313 item 2].) Each entry gives the surname, most given names, dates of birth and death, and burial location. A surname index is included.  
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*Acklen, Jeannette Tillotson. ''Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, Historical and Biographical.'' Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. {{FHL|222499|item|disp=FHL book 976.8 V3ac 1976}}; 1933 edition is on {{FHL|222494|item|disp=FHL film 1000313 item 2}} Each entry gives the surname, most given names, dates of birth and death, and burial location. A surname index is included.  
*''Cemetery Records of Tennessee.'' Two Volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1951–62. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=226606&disp=Cemetery+records+of+Tennessee%20%20&columns=*,0,0 976.8 V3c; film 874007].) The record is arranged by cemeteries in a county. Each entry contains at least the surname, given name, date of birth, and date of death.
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*''Cemetery Records of Tennessee.'' Two Volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1951–62. {{FHL|226606|item|disp=FHL film 874007; book 976.8 V3c }} The record is arranged by cemeteries in a county. Each entry contains at least the surname, given name, date of birth, and date of death.
  
Burials in 65 Tennessee cemeteries along the old Wilderness Road are recorded in:  
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Burials in 65 Tennessee cemeteries along the old [[Wilderness Road|Wilderness Road]] are recorded in:  
  
*Johnson, Robert Foster. ''Wilderness Road Cemeteries in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.'' Owensboro, Kentucky: McDowell Publications, 1981. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=16866&disp=Wilderness+road+cemeteries+in+Kentucky%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 973 V3j].)
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*Johnson, Robert Foster. ''Wilderness Road Cemeteries in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.'' Owensboro, Kentucky: McDowell Publications, 1981. {{FHL|16866|item|disp=FHL book 973 V3j}}
  
The Wilderness Road led from Virginia through northern Tennessee and into Kentucky. The source is arranged by state, county, then cemetery. Tennessee is listed on pages 225–264. Entries list the deceased’s name, birth date, and death date.  
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The [[Wilderness Road|Wilderness Road]] led from Virginia through northern Tennessee and into Kentucky. The source is arranged by state, county, then cemetery. Tennessee is listed on pages 225–264. Entries list the deceased’s name, birth date, and death date.  
  
 
Two sources for locating the cemeteries and graves that were relocated during the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project are:  
 
Two sources for locating the cemeteries and graves that were relocated during the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project are:  
  
*''Complete Surname Index of TVA Grave Removals.'' Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 1989. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=583203&disp=Complete+surname+index+of+TVA+grave+remo%20%20&columns=*,0,0 976.8 V32c].) This source is currently unavailable to Family History Centers.  
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*''Complete Surname Index of TVA Grave Removals.'' Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 1989. {{FHL|583203|item|disp=FHL book 976.8 V32c}} This source is currently unavailable to Family History Centers.  
*Tennessee Valley Authority (Tennessee). ''Master File Relocation Card Index for Grave and Cemetery Removal and Relocation, 1934–1954.''Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah. 1996. (54 Family History Library films beginning with 2050038 item 4.) These films include all states associated with the TVA project:
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*Tennessee Valley Authority (Tennessee). ''Master File Relocation Card Index for Grave and Cemetery Removal and Relocation, 1934–1954.''Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah. 1996.{{FHL|778971|item|disp=FHL film 2050038}} These films include all states associated with the TVA project: ''Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.'' Records include: name of deceased, birth date, death date, age, nearest living relative or informant, informant’s address and relationship to deceased, place of removal, and place of relocation.
  
''Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.'' Records include: name of deceased, birth date, death date, age, nearest living relative or informant, informant’s address and relationship to deceased, place of removal, and place of relocation.
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Periodicals often contain published inscriptions and inventories of Tennessee cemeteries.  
 
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Periodicals may publish inscriptions and inventories of Tennessee cemeteries.  
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=== Funeral Home Records  ===
 
=== Funeral Home Records  ===
  
Funeral home records may list the cemetery and may include an obituary; birth date; birthplace; names of parents, spouse, children, and siblings; addresses and biographies of surviving relatives; insurance company; church affiliation; and officiating clergyman. Funeral home staff know where the local cemeteries are. Telephone calls or personal visits are usually more effective than letters. See the “Cemeteries” section of the [[United States Cemeteries|United States Research Outline for]] a nationwide directory of funeral homes.  
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Funeral home records may list the cemetery and may include an obituary; birth date; birthplace; names of parents, spouse, children, and siblings; addresses and biographies of surviving relatives; insurance company; church affiliation; and officiating clergyman. Funeral home staff know where the local cemeteries are. Telephone calls or personal visits are usually more effective than letters. See the [[United States Cemeteries|United States Cemeteries]] article for a nationwide directory of funeral homes.  
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=== Additional Ideas  ===
  
For related records see the [[Tennessee Obituaries|Obituaries]],” and [[Tennessee Vital Records|Vital Records]]” sections of this outline. For more information on cemetery records, see the [[United States Cemeteries|United States Research Outline]]. The&nbsp;Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog lists more sources under:  
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For related records see the [[Tennessee Obituaries|Tennessee Obituaries]] and [[Tennessee Vital Records|Tennessee Vital Records]] articles. For more information on cemetery records, see the [[United States Cemeteries|United States Cemeteries]] article. See the&nbsp;[[Tennessee Archives and Libraries|Tennessee Archives and Libraries]] article for facilities with regional collections which might include cemetery records. The&nbsp;Place Search of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists more sources under:  
  
 
TENNESSEE - CEMETERIES  
 
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=== External Links  ===
 
=== External Links  ===
  
*http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/tennessee.htm
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/tennessee.htm Access Genealogy Tennessee Cemeteries]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com Find a Grave]
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*[http://www.namesinstone.com/ Names In Stone]
  
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Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, and relationship information. They sometimes have insignia or symbols that provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization, such as a lodge. Nearby markers may help identify children who died young, or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from many Tennessee cemeteries. The DAR collection is described in the Tennessee Genealogy article.

Genealogical society members often copy and publish tombstone inscriptions.

Contents

Online Resources

Bibliography

  • The Family History Library Catalog lists published records of Tennessee cemeteries.  Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns.  Some of the books referenced here may be available on Google Books and in public libraries.

Online Gravestone Transcripts

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • BillionGraves can be searched by the name of a person or by cemetery and location. The site provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
  • TNGenWeb Project includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.

Cemetery Gazetteers

  • ePodunk is a gazetteer of Tennessee cemeteries.

Published Finding Aids

A county-by-county list of cemetery record transcripts and the book and film numbers to locate them at the Family History Library as of 1988 is:

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah.) Index to United States Cemeteries. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. FHL film 1206468–94FHL films 1206489–90 These films contain a listing of the cemetery records in Tennessee.

Some compilations of inscriptions from graveyards throughout the state are:

  • Acklen, Jeannette Tillotson. Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, Historical and Biographical. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. FHL book 976.8 V3ac 1976; 1933 edition is on FHL film 1000313 item 2 Each entry gives the surname, most given names, dates of birth and death, and burial location. A surname index is included.
  • Cemetery Records of Tennessee. Two Volumes. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1951–62. FHL film 874007; book 976.8 V3c The record is arranged by cemeteries in a county. Each entry contains at least the surname, given name, date of birth, and date of death.

Burials in 65 Tennessee cemeteries along the old Wilderness Road are recorded in:

  • Johnson, Robert Foster. Wilderness Road Cemeteries in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Owensboro, Kentucky: McDowell Publications, 1981. FHL book 973 V3j

The Wilderness Road led from Virginia through northern Tennessee and into Kentucky. The source is arranged by state, county, then cemetery. Tennessee is listed on pages 225–264. Entries list the deceased’s name, birth date, and death date.

Two sources for locating the cemeteries and graves that were relocated during the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project are:

  • Complete Surname Index of TVA Grave Removals. Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 1989. FHL book 976.8 V32c This source is currently unavailable to Family History Centers.
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (Tennessee). Master File Relocation Card Index for Grave and Cemetery Removal and Relocation, 1934–1954.Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah. 1996.FHL film 2050038 These films include all states associated with the TVA project: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Records include: name of deceased, birth date, death date, age, nearest living relative or informant, informant’s address and relationship to deceased, place of removal, and place of relocation.

Periodicals often contain published inscriptions and inventories of Tennessee cemeteries.

Sexton Records

Sexton records do not have a standard format and may vary in content. They may include the birth date, birthplace, parents’ names, name of spouse, death date and place, cemetery name, if previously buried and name of the cemetery removed from, and the date the lot was purchased.

Remember that the information is secondary and is only as reliable as the person who gave the information. These records are usually in the current sexton’s charge, but they may be in the town or county clerk’s office. They may also be in the custody of private individuals.

Funeral Home Records

Funeral home records may list the cemetery and may include an obituary; birth date; birthplace; names of parents, spouse, children, and siblings; addresses and biographies of surviving relatives; insurance company; church affiliation; and officiating clergyman. Funeral home staff know where the local cemeteries are. Telephone calls or personal visits are usually more effective than letters. See the United States Cemeteries article for a nationwide directory of funeral homes.

Additional Ideas

For related records see the Tennessee Obituaries and Tennessee Vital Records articles. For more information on cemetery records, see the United States Cemeteries article. See the Tennessee Archives and Libraries article for facilities with regional collections which might include cemetery records. The Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog lists more sources under:

TENNESSEE - CEMETERIES

TENNESSEE, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES

TENNESSEE, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CEMETERIES

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