Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990 .
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|Location of Maine|
What is in the Collection?
These records include transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries for the years 1780 to 1990. There are some additional family members listed on some cards whose names are not indexed.
Cemeteries begin keeping records as soon as they are opened. The purchase of a burial plot is a land transaction and is recorded with a deed. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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The information varies between records may include the following:
- Name of cemetery
- Name of deceased
- Date of death
- Last residence of the deceased
- Names of family members
- Birth and death information for others named on the card
- Location of grave(s) including Section and Lot number
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- Name of the deceased
- Identifying information such as the death date
To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
To browse by image:
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 "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by 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 burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what is information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.
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 birth date or year to search for birth records.
- Use the birth date along with your relative’s names to find the family in census records.
- Use the locality and relative's name to locate church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful for rural areas or unusual surnames.
- 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, Now What?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
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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.
- “Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Main State Library, Augusta.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
|The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990.|
|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 Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990.|