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

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

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Mateo Cou...metery Records, 1899-2011.

This collection will include records from 1899 to 2011.

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. 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.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection 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

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as age or death date

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

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.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • Burial records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given in the record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

=I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the death date or year to calculate the birth date.
  • Use the birth date 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.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

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. : accessed 2016. 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 Cou...metery Records, 1899-2011.

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