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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Glenwood Cemetery, Texas


Houston is the largest city in Texas. The city is also the seat of Harris County. The Houston Cemetery Company established Glenwood Cemetery in 1871, and it opened for business in the summer of 1872. The Glenwood Cemetery has made a burial records database available on its website. Click on the Burial Records link in the banner below the photograph at the top of the homepage. This will open a new page from which you can access the database. Click on one of the two Search Burial Records links to open the search page.

The burial records database can be searched by first name and / or last name and limited by selecting a date range to search. The search results include full name of the deceased and the burial date. The results returned are arranged by date, from the most recent to the earliest records. The fields in the detailed search results include name, burial date, section, lot number, and marker.


In 1999, Glenwood assumed ownership and responsibility for the adjacent Washington Cemetery. The German Society of Houston established Washington Cemetery in 1887. It was known as the German Society Cemetery until its name was changed to Washington Cemetery during the summer of 1918. It is an active cemetery with over 7,500 burials. To access the cemetery’s website you can click on the Washington Cemetery link toward the bottom of the History section in the About Glenwood webpage. The Washington Cemetery website is under construction. It will eventually contain a searchable burial records database.


Genealogical researchers may request from Glenwood Cemetery the complete information available in the records of both Glenwood and Washington cemeteries. However, due to the condition of the burial records, photocopies are not provided. Up to three burial locations or records searches will be provided free of charge. The non-refundable fee for each additional location or search is $5. The information contained in burial records includes the name of the deceased, burial date, burial location, and sometimes age at death, cause of death, and place of nativity. The burial records do not include birth or death dates, or parents’ names. There are short biographies of notable individuals interred in Glenwood Cemetery on the About Glenwood page.


Houston Public Library / Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research


The Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research, was founded in 1921 as a special collection for genealogical research at Houston Public Library. The library has made a death records database available on its website. This database is an index to the records of two Houston funeral homes: the Fogle-West Funeral Home and the Boulevard Funeral Home. The records for the Fogle-West Funeral Home housed at the Clayton Library cover the time period 1921 through 1975. The records for the Boulevard Funeral Home owned by the Clayton Library cover from December 12, 1961, through December 1, 1967. Information in the funeral home records include last name, first name, middle name, nicknames, sex, age, death date, parents, place interred, copy of a death certificate, an obituary, information on an autopsy, last residence, insurance records, military service information, and many other miscellaneous bits of information about the deceased. Learn more about these records.


The search fields are last name, first and middle names, and a death date range. The results returned include the death date, last name, first and middle names, and the funeral home name. The death date field is a link to a form you can use to request the full record.


The last field contains an abbreviation for the types of papers found in the individual’s file. For the Fogle-West Funeral Home these include the following: ‘B’ for an entry in the bound record book; ‘C’ for a death certificate; ‘I’ for a family information sheet, a preprinted form with space for information about pall-bearers, surviving relatives, songs played at the funeral, and so on; ‘L’ for a ledger sheet containing payment information on one side and, in some cases, family data on the other; ‘M’ for miscellaneous papers, such as military papers, letters to the funeral home about payments, and more; and ‘O’ for a copy of an obituary. For the Boulevard Funeral Home the list does not include ‘B’ for bound volumes, which they did not have, but does include ‘F’ for a pre-printed folder with spaces for information on pall-bearers, surviving relatives, songs played at the funeral, etc.

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