Philippines Cemeteries

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=== Individual Cemeteries With Data  ===
 
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158462 Manila North Cemetery, Manila, Metro Manila] BillionGraves. This will provide examples of headstones found in Philippines cemeteries and those photos will also be useful in working with inscriptions found on headtones in other cemeteries. This is also a very large cemetery, so as further data is gathered by users of the website this is on, it will be useful to many searching for ancestors in the Manila area and nearby.
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158462 Manila North Cemetery, Manila, Metro Manila] BillionGraves. This will provide examples of headstones found in Philippines cemeteries and those photos will also be useful in working with inscriptions found on headstones in other cemeteries. This is also a very large cemetery, so as further data is gathered by users of the website this is on, it will be useful to many searching for ancestors in the Manila area and nearby.  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147802 Holy Cross Cemetery, Quezon City, Metro Manila] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147802 Holy Cross Cemetery, Quezon City, Metro Manila] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158463 La Loma Catholic Cemetery, Caloocan City, Metro Manila] BillionGraves
  
 
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Philippines Gotoarrow.png Cemeteries

Several types of cemetery records exist. Sextons, priests, or caretakers of cemeteries generally keep records of the names and dates of those buried and exhumed, and they may also have maps of the burial plots. There may be tombstones in the cemetery, and the information on them may have been transcribed.

Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service or religion. These records are helpful for identifying children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents. Because relatives may be buried in adjoining plots, you may want to best to visit the cemetery and examine the records and tombstones personally, if possible.

There is, however, a good chance your ancestor’s remains are not in their original burial place. Exhumations are very common in the Philippines. Plots may be exhumed because of prolonged flooding of the cemetery, foreclosure on an unpaid plot, urban development of graveyards, or severe crowding in existing cemeteries. Poverty and war in the Philippines have left many buried in pauper’s graves or in hastily dug mass graves.

Locating Cemeteries and Cemetery Records

To find tombstone or sexton records, you need to know where a person was buried. There are community, church, private, military, and family cemeteries. Most burials are near the place where the person lived or died or where other family members were buried. You can find clues to burial places in funeral notices, obituaries, church records, and death certificates.

Most recorded pre-twentieth century burials and exhumations were sanctioned and performed by the Catholic Church. The Family History Library has a modest collection of cemetery and exhumation records (cementerios, exhumaciones) from the Spanish colonization. These records are in the Locality section of the Family History Library Catalog. Look for exhumation records under “Church Records” and cemetery records under “Cemeteries”:

PHILIPPINES - CEMETERIES

PHILIPPINES, METROPOLITAN MANILA - CEMETERIES

PHILIPPINES - CHURCH RECORDS

PHILIPPINES, METROPOLITAN MANILA - CHURCH RECORDS

Individual Cemeteries With Data

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