Research Tips

Obtain Vital Records - This is your best bet for accurate information.  Most, if not all, death certificates contain information as to when the person died and was buried, last known address, and the name of the formal cemetery. This information becomes scarce depending on when the town began keeping formal death records. You may have to do some digging around your own records or talk to some older relatives to see what data they can remember. Often when you talk to older relatives, you get some good old stories too! Those stories are priceless and are rarely recorded for future generations, so jot them down! Death certificates can usually be obtained from the town hall where the place of death occurred, not the town they are buried in.  In some instances the forms may have been moved from the individual town to the actual state, so call ahead if you plan to drop by a town hall in person to obtain the forms.

Call the Actual Cemetery - This is key to finding accurate location information that will be used for the search for your ancestor's gravestone. In most cases, cemetery records include plot number and location, name and date of deceased, as well as interment date. Records should also include the name of the person who purchased the plot or grave location. Some cemeteries do not have actual business offices. If that is the case, please see below.

Call the Local Town Hall or Local Historical Society - This is a great resource to take advantage of. Ask them for a listing of all cemeteries located in the town and directions to those that apply to your research.

Internet - Additional information on cemeteries may also be available on the internet.