China Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at
Access the records: China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983 .


Title in the Language of the Record


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes cemetery records from various locations throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia from 1820-1983. The records include both Chinese nationals and foreigners. Cemetery records include interment records (some from World War II), cremation records, and ossuarium records.

Chinese grave shapes, furnishings, and their symbolic meanings have to be understood within the context of the Chinese world view and of Chinese mythical beliefs in the origin of human life.

The article, China Cemeteries, has more information on the history of the cemetery records.

These records are in Chinese. See the section titled For Help Reading These Records for translation tools.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Cemetery records may contain the following information:

  • Name of person buried
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Last place of residence
  • Place of burial
  • Section of cemetery
  • Grave number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin searching the cemetery records, it is helpful to know the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death
  • Locality of cemetery

To search by image:
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Country" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Province" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "County" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Cemetery Name" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Title and Year" category which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image and compare the information you find with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to compare several images in order to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Chinese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • In some cases descendants would have their ancestors exhumed when they moved to another place and reburied in their new location.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

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:

“China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing University of Hong Kong. Feng Ping Shan Library, Hong Kong.

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 China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983.