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Cemetery records, such as tombstones and sexton’s records, may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, and the maiden names. Sometimes they contain birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. Family members may also be buried nearby.

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Internet Tombstone Transcripts and Index

WPA Cemetery Index

As part of the Historical Records Survey, the federal government created a North Carolina Cemetery Inscription Card Index. This is commonly known as the WPA Cemetery Index. It is at the North Carolina State Archives and on microfilm at the Family History Library. The films are arranged alphabetically in two parts by the name of the person: one for burials before 1914 and another for burials after 1914.

  • Pre-1914 Cemetery Inscription Card Index. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1972. FHL film 882944–64 A list of the cemeteries included in the indexes is found on microfilms 882942–43.
  • Post-1914 Cemetery Inscription Card Index. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1972. FHL film 882965–69

Cemetery Records

  • The Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Collection also contains tombstone inscriptions arranged by county from many North Carolina cemeteries. See North Carolina Bible Records for more information about the collection.
  • Several periodicals have published inscriptions and inventories from North Carolina cemeteries. These are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), described in North Carolina Periodicals.

Family History Library Collection

The following are a few of the record collections at the family history library:

  • North Carolina Cemetery Project. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986. FHL fiche 6047785 (first of 7) These records are alphabetical by surname within each cemetery. There are some death dates as late as 1961.
  • Welborn, Mrs. John Scott. North Carolina Tombstone Records. 3 vols. Highpoint, North Carolina: Mrs. J. S. Welborn, 1938 FHL film 18068–18069
  • The 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 films 1206483–1206484 85 list cemeteries in North Carolina counties from Alamance to Yancey. This is an inventory of cemeteries, not an index to the names of individuals.

For more information on cemetery records, see United States Cemeteries. To find more sources in the Family History Library Catalog, use a Place Search under:

NORTH CAROLINA- CEMETERIES

NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY]- CEMETERIES

NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- CEMETERIES

 

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