Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or, occasionally, a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from Arizona cemeteries. This collection is described in Arizona Genealogy. An important compilation of inscriptions from small cemeteries throughout the state is:
- Arizona Death Records: An Index Compiled from Mortuary, Cemetery, and Church Records. Three Volumes. Tucson, Arizona: Arizona State Genealogical Society, 1976-82. (Family History Library book 979.1 V3a; fiche 6019995-97.)
- Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person, family or cemetery. Usually gives birth and death dates and often comes with a picture of the tombstone. May also give obituaries, biographical information and names of family members with links to their information in Find A Grave.
Family History Library Collection
Several periodicals have published inscriptions and inventories from Arizona cemeteries. These are referenced in the "Places" portion of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), described in Arizona Periodicals.
Pioneers' Cemetery Association-- Dedicated to Preserving Historic Cemeteries in Arizona.
Arizona Gravestones Photo Project -- Browse over 75,300 gravestone
photo records from across Arizona.
The Arizona Tombstone Transcription Project -- USGenWeb project.