Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection will include records from 1836-1995. Index and images of Alpha interment index cards from the Magnolia Cemetery. Original records are in the possession of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery Inc. in Mobile.
These records usually contain the following:
- Name of deceased
- Date interred
- Name of funeral director or undertaker
- Location of grave
- Cause of death
- Book, page and jacket number of burial record
- Death date
- Birth date
- Permit and grave details
- Name of informant
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need to know the following:
- The person’s name
- The approximate burial or death date
Search the Collection
To search the collection
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.
Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.
If you do not find your ancestor in the index, 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.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:
- 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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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 these records are from 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.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Alabama, Mobile items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Alabama Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this county see the wiki article Mobile County, Alabama.|
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- “Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Magnolia Cemetery. Friends of Magnolia Cemetery Inc., Mobile, Alabama.