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


Record Description

This collection includes records from 1896-1983.

These records include cemetery records from various cemeteries throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Some may also have been reburied in China.

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“China, Cemetery Records, 1896-1983” Images. FamilySearch. University of Hong Kong. Feng Ping Shan Library, Hong Kong.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

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
  • Number of grave

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the cemetery records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

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

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate Country 國
⇒ Select the appropriate Province 省
⇒ Select the appropriate County 縣
⇒ Select the appropriate Cemetery Name 墓地名稱
⇒ Select the appropriate Title and Year 題名 which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one 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.

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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

China Cemeteries

Contributions to This Article

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 FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click and show on the "Show Citation" box:China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.