District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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District of Columbia, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1854-2013
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes images of cemetery records from 1854-2013 from the Glenwood Cemetery, a historic cemetery located on Lincoln Road NE in Washington, D.C.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following:

Card Index

  • Name of deceased
  • Date interred
  • Name of undertaker
  • Location of grave
  • Cause of death
  • Book, page and jacket number of burial record
  • Death date
  • Birth date
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Permit and grave details
  • Name of informant

Plat Book

  • Date of interment
  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Number of site
  • Owner's name

Register of Interments

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Death date and place
  • Date of burial
  • Plot location and vault number
  • Owner's name
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Name of undertaker

Deed Register

  • Date of deed
  • Deed and Lot numbers
  • To whom given
  • Location of plot
  • Price

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate burial 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 "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Cemetery" which takes you to the images.

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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial 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. For example:

  • Use the book, page and jacket number to find the actual burial record at the cemetery.
  • 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.
  • 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 who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The cemetery still exists today. Family members of those found in the records who died after the records were written may also be interred in this cemetery. Glenwood Cemetery maintains a website with additional information on those later burials.

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:

“District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. The Glenwood Cemetery, Washington D.C.

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 District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013.

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