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Record Description

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983.

These records include cemetery records from various cemeteries throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Some may also have been reburied in China. This collection includes records from 1820-1983.

Chinese grave shapes, furnishings, and their symbolic meanings have to be understood within the context of the Chinese world view and of Chinese mythical beliefs in the origin of human life.

The article, China Cemeteries, has more information on the history of the cemetery records.

These records are in Chinese. See the section titled For Help Reading These Records for translation tools.

Record Content

Cemetery records may contain the following information:

  • Name of person buried
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Last place of residence
  • Place of burial
  • Section of cemetery
  • Number of grave

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the cemetery records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death
  • Locality of cemetery

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Country" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Province" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "County" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Cemetery Name" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Title and Year" category which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by 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.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Chinese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • In some cases descendants would have their ancestors exhumed when they moved to another place and reburied in their new location.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
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Don't overlook FHL Place China items or FHL Keyword China items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see China Archives and Libraries.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

“China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing University of Hong Kong. Feng Ping Shan Library, Hong Kong.

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 China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983.


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