California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Colma, San Mateo County, California, United States
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Location of Colma, San Mateo County, California
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1899-2011
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
  • BillionGraves page for this cemetery.  Has Google map showing this cemetery and possibly adjoining cemeteries in the same satellite view.  As of 10 December 2012 no images of headstones in this cemetery have been uploaded to the BillionGraves site.  


What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes cemetery records from 1899 to 2011.

The daily burial log begins in 1934 and continues to the present. Cemeteries began keeping records as soon as they were opened. The purchase of a burial plot was considered a land transaction and was recorded as a deed. The information in these records are typically reliable.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records usually contain:

  • Name of deceased
  • Where buried
  • Age of deceased
  • Gender of deceased
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Relationship to owner of grave
  • Name of undertaker

Collection Content

Image Visibility

This collection is only available to registered users of FamilySearch and is comprised of index cards and the daily burial log book of the Italian Cemetery in Colma.

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How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The death date of your ancestor.
  • The age of your ancestor.
  • The names of any relatives listed on the cemetery record.


There are indexes available in these collections. The indexes are located in individual folders. Find your ancestors name in the index and look for the locator information (page, entry, certificate number, or book number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

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What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record. (Only keep this sentence if the collection is obituaries or cemetery records/funeral homes)
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
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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:

"California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Italian Cemetery, Colma.

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 California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011.

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