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Spotlight: Cemetery and Obituary Databases for Georgia and South Dakota

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Rome, Georgia, Cemetery Databases


Rome is a city in Floyd County, Georgia, which is located in the northwestern part of the state. The city of Rome has made two burial databases available on its website. The first database is an index to burials in Eastview and Oakland cemeteries. The second indexes burials in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Click on the cemetery link to open the search page. The indexes can be searched by last name, first name, date interred, section and lot. There is also an “AKA search”, which focuses on the name and AKA fields only. The data fields in the search results include title, first name, middle, last name, AKA (also known as), Jr/Sr, date of birth, date of death, date interred, grave location (section, block, lot, grave), funeral home and place of death. In addition to the burial listings you will find the Myrtle Hill Education Handbook, which I found to be quite interesting. The handbook was developed as part of a grant-funded project aimed at 2nd through 5th graders to, in part, help them “gain an understanding of their community’s history through the study of the cemetery.”


Sioux Valley Genealogical Society Databases


Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota. It is located in the southeastern corner of the state and is the county seat of Minnehaha County. The Sioux Valley Genealogical Society has made obituary and cemetery databases available on its website.


Click on the Obituaries link to open a new page. This alphabetical database contains more than 100,000 records for individuals whose obituaries or death notices are in the collections of the Sioux Valley Genealogical Society Library. These obituaries have been collected from a variety of sources, which include the Hills of Rest Cemetery and other cemetery records, funeral home records, pioneer certificate application files, correspondence files and other miscellaneous files found in the Society’s library. The index also includes information from obituaries extracted from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and those sent to the society to be included in its files. Because the Sioux Falls Argus Leader is a regional newspaper, obituaries of individuals in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and a large region of South Dakota may be found in the database. Click on the first letter of the surname in the index. The data fields in the index include surname, first name, middle name, maiden name, date of birth, and date of death. This is a work in progress with names being added as they are indexed. Copies of obituaries can be obtained from the library for a fee.


Click on the Cemeteries link to open a page with links to three databases. One database contains a list of Minnehaha County cemeteries. A second contains a list of Lincoln County cemeteries. The third link is to the South Dakota Gravestones website with a database that comprises more than 124,000 gravestone photographs from across the state. You can search the database by last name and first name and you can limit your searches by county or search all counties at one time. Click on the Surnames link to browse lists of surnames by county. Click on the Cemeteries link to access links to the cemeteries in each county. Click on the cemetery name to view a list of the people buried there whose photographs are in the database.

Posted by Jean Powers at 08/22/2011 08:05:00 AM | 

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