Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records, 1885-1960 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
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Location of Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona
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Location of Arizona
Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1885-1960
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images of cemetery and other records from the Mesa City Cemetery, and covers the years 1885 through 1960. The collection includes:

  • Permits for graves
  • Tax roll
  • Block book
  • Sexton ledgers
  • Burial records
  • Funeral records

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records.

Collection Content

Sample Images

The Mesa city cemetery began keeping records when it was established in 1891. It is currently operated by the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Commercial Facilities Department. The records were created to keep track of who had purchased the lots and who was buried there. The records are generally reliable, but the information depends upon the reliablitiy and memory of the informant or purchaser of the burial plot.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Burial dates and places

In addition, they may also list the following:

  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Residence
  • Birth year
  • Names of children
  • Mortuary or undertaker
  • Name of purchaser of the plot
  • Location of the plot

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate burial or death date.
  • The names of other relatives or associates.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Arizona, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Arizona Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.


Collection Citation:

"Arizona, Mesa City Cemetery Records,1885-1960." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Mesa City Cemetery.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records, 1885-1960.


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