California Cemetery Transcriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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The collection consists of transcriptions from cemeteries in the following counties:  
 
The collection consists of transcriptions from cemeteries in the following counties:  
  
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For a list of records by localities and cemetery currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1985807/waypoints Browse].
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For a list of records by localities and cemetery currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1985807/waypoints Browse].  
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "California, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.}}
  
 
[[California Cemetery Transcriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
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The key genealogical facts found in the Cemetery Transcriptions usually includes the following information:  
 
The key genealogical facts found in the Cemetery Transcriptions usually includes the following information:  

Revision as of 17:08, 7 March 2013

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

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of transcriptions from cemeteries in the following counties:

Amador Fresno Los Angeles
Mariposa Merced Napa
Riverside Sacramento San Joaquin
San Mateo Santa Cruz Siskiyou
Solano Stanislaus Sutter
Tulare Yolo Yuba

For a list of records by localities and cemetery currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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

"California, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

California Cemetery Transcriptions DGS 5247167 30.jpg

The key genealogical facts found in the Cemetery Transcriptions usually includes the following information:

  • Name of Cemetery
  • Location (Town, County, State)
  • Full name of deceased
  • Lot number
  • Age
  • Date of Death
  • Place of Death
  • Names of Parents, Husband or Wife
  • Other Important Facts
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate burial or death date

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County,Town" category
⇒ Select the "Cemetery" 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.

Using the Information

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 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 birth date or year 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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 who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

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

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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


“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.