Washington Cemeteries

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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] collection.
 
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] collection.
**List by names of cemeteries. Search for county name and select '''Cemetery Records'''.
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**Search entire county: Click any cemetery to see the search box, select the county, and enter the name(s).
**Each cemetery is individually searchable.
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**List by names of cemeteries in a county: Put the county name in the '''Enter search term(s)''' box, click '''Search''', and select '''Cemetery Records'''.
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**Search one cemetery: after clicking a cemetery, add the cemetery name in the '''Cemetery Name''' search box. (It looks like it should fill in automatically, but it doesn't)
  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/ Linkpendium]
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Cemeteries
Gotoarrow.png See United States Cemeteries for more detail.

Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information and clues to military service, religion, membership in an organization, and more.

Contents

Online

The following have significant cemetery listings for Washington State. (Variable coverage and completeness.)

  • Interment.net
    • Lists of cemeteries in the counties.
    • Transcriptions viewable.
  • Washington State Digital Archives collection.
    • Search entire county: Click any cemetery to see the search box, select the county, and enter the name(s).
    • List by names of cemeteries in a county: Put the county name in the Enter search term(s) box, click Search, and select Cemetery Records.
    • Search one cemetery: after clicking a cemetery, add the cemetery name in the Cemetery Name search box. (It looks like it should fill in automatically, but it doesn't)
  • Linkpendium
    • Cites sources of cemeteries listed.
    • Many cemeteries individually searchable.
  • I Dream of Genealogy (Free)
    • Lists of cemeteries by county.
    • All are linked to viewable transcriptions.
  • Washington Cemetery Records (Free) at Washington Genealogy. Easy to navigate.
    • Lists of cemeteries by county.
    • Some links to viewable transcriptions.
  • BillionGraves.com
    • Searchable at state or county level, images of tombstones.
    • Lists of cemeteries by county, with # of entries in Billion Graves site.

See also Cyndi's List

Published Transcriptions

Many tombstones have been damaged over time by weathering, excavation, vandalism, and so on. As a result, earlier transcriptions may be more accurate and more complete.

Fortunately, early transcriptions may be found in periodicals. Individuals and societies also published cemetery indexes in book form.

  • Find transcripts of cemetery records for Washington in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. Most are filed at the county or state level.
    • For counties, simply add a comma to the search box and slide down to select the county.
      • Or do a Place Name search for "Washington, [county]."
    • For towns, select the county, add a comma, and select the town.
  • A valuable published collection of tombstone inscriptions covering parts of 12 counties is Cemetery Records of Washington, Six Volumes. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1957-60.) Family History Library films 824254 item 4 to 824255-56; book 979.7 V3p.
    • v. 1. Lewis and Benton counties -- v. 2. King, Klickitat, and Pierce counties -- v. 3. King, Klickitat, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish and Thurston counties -- v. 4. King, Klickitat and Pierce counties -- v. 5. Island, Kitsap, Lewis and Pierce counties -- v. 6. Cowlitz, Pierce and Thurston counties.

See United States Cemeteries for further suggestions and information.

Those Valuable Cemetery Records

Cemetery tombstones, or sexton's records, usually give death date, and age or birth date. Sometimes they give birth place. Spouse and children who died young are often buried nearby.

Use cemetery records to:

  • Identify children who died young or who were not recorded in birth or death records.
  • Establish family relationships and learn of family members.
  • Find clues that lead you to other records about the person. For example:
    • Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations.
    • There are also abbreviations that give clues when deciphered.

The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible.

References