cemetery

A cemetery or graveyard is a place in which dead bodies are buried. The term cemetery implies that the land is specifically designated as a burying ground. Cemeteries are the place where the final ceremonies of death are observed. These ceremonies or rituals differ according to cultural practice and religious belief. A potter's field is a cemetery for the poor or unknown. Cemeteries may be public or private. Private cemeteries may be dedicated to a specific religious denomination or other group such as a fraternal organization. Cemeteries may also house a mausoleum or other above ground burial chambers or tombs. Some cemeteries may even have a crematoriam garden for urn burial.

Cemeteries are of prime interest to genealogists and family researchers for the amount of family information they may contain. Graves are often marked with headstones (also known as tombstones or grave markers) or other memorials that provide information about the person buried such as the date of death, the date or year of birth, and other family information. One may find other family members buried nearby, perhaps in family plots. In addtion to headstones, most cemeteries have a sexton who maintains a record of burials. Where cemeteries are privately owned such as old family cemeteries on private land, it may be necessary to obtain permission to visit. Also, some cemeteries prohibit certain research activities such as making rubbings of headstones. Due their general isolation, cemeteries are places to exercise caution. It's best to go in the company of others and to lock your vehicle.

Related Information
Allegheny Cemetery 1873 Report ($)
Allegheny Cemetery 1889 Report ($)
Bernardsville Methodist Cemetery Inscriptions ($)
Bridgewater Old Center Cemetery 1915 Historic Souvenir ($)
Burials in the Old Cemetery at Watertown, Conn. ($)
Cedar Grove Cemetery 1937 Lot Owners and Veterans ($)
Evergreen Cemetery of Sinclairville 1890 Lot Owners ($)
Green Mount Cemetery 1843 Report ($)
Greenwood Union Cemetery Plot Owners ($)
Hebron Moravian Cemetery 1929 Plot Directory ($)
Holy Cross Cemetery Report for 1913 ($)
John Hancock Cemetery, Florham Park, NJ ($)
The 1900 Kensico Cemetery Annual Report ($)
Mendham Hill Top Cemetery 1926 Directory ($)
Michigan Cemetery Superintendents 1927 Convention ($)
Norwich Cemetery Association 1917 ($)
Norwich Cemetery Association 1919 ($)
Oak Grove Cemetery 1899 Lot Owners ($)
Old Center Cemetery Inscriptions, Palmer, Mass. ($)
Palmer Cemetery Inscriptions 1729-1901 ($)
Report of Old Tennent Church and Cemetery ($)
St. Agnes Cemetery 1896 Lot Owners ($)
St. Clair Cemetery 1913 Lot Owners ($)
Vale Cemetery 1859 Dedication Ceremonies ($)
Westfield Presbyterian Church 1740-1899 Cemetery Inscriptions ($)
Whippany Cemetery, Whippany, NJ ($)
White Oak Ridge Cemetery, Millburn, NJ ($)
Black Creek Cemetery, Butler County, Missouri
Britton Road Cemetery (1897-2009)
Brooksville Cemetery, Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida
Gallup Cemetery, Voluntown, Connecticut
Green Hill Cemetery Inscriptions (1829-1931)
Oklahoma Veterans Cemetery 1921-1944 Burials
Old Gilead Lutheran Cemetery (1813-1866)
Old Kinne Cemetery, Voluntown, Connecticut
Oliver County, North Dakota Cemetery Index
Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth, Payette County, Idaho
Pittstown Corners Cemetery (1793-1884)
Rehoboth Community Cemetery, Cave Spring, Georgia
Shiloh Cemetery, Delta County, Texas
Winslette Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Jellico Community, Alabama

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