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Access the records: Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007 .
This Collection will include records from 1800 to 2007.
The collection consists of images of records from several cemeteries in Knox County, Maine. The collection currently includes cemeteries from the Town of Thomaston.
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.
For an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
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.
Citation for This Collection
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- Thomaston Village Cemetery. Maine, Knox County cemetery records. Joan Linscott, Thomaston, Maine.
The key genealogical facts of these Cemetery Records may include the following:
- Name of Cemetery
- Location of grave(s) including Section and Lot number
- Names of all individuals in burial plot
- Date of death
- Designation if grave is a veteran's grave
- Designation whether plot is full or half
How to Use the Record
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the County ⇒ Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Main, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca 1800-2007," digital images, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org: accessed 23 March 2012), Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca 1800-2007 > Knox > Thomaston Village Cemetery index cards, 1700s-2007, Aageson, Peter-Creighton, Eben > Image 1 of 657, Asa C. Fuller, died 16 December 1874; citing Thomaston Town Clerk, Thomaston Maine, United States.