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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Lexington Cemetery

Lexington is a consolidated city-county, officially known as Lexington-Fayette Urban County. It is located in central Kentucky.

Lexington Cemetery was established in 1849. Click the Events and Education link in the menu bar and select Cemetery History from the drop-down list to learn about the cemetery's history. Next click the History Book link to access the full text of A History of The Lexington Cemetery by Burton Milward. Under the Cemetery History link you will find a link to a list of Notable People buried there. Click the name link to read a brief biography of the individual and find where he or she is buried. There is also a burials database on the website. Click the Genealogy link to begin your search. The database can be searched by first and last name. Select the record you would like to view and click on the name link. The data fields in the search results include name, city/state, date of birth, date of death, age at death, burial date, disposition number, funeral director, cremation date and number, and interment location.

Oak Grove Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery is located in the city of Paducah, in the western part of Kentucky. It is the county seat of McCracken County. The city of Paducah has made the Oak Grove Cemetery resources available on its website.

In 1847 the town of Paducah's trustees purchased 36 acres what became Oak Grove Cemetery. The cemetery is divided into four "additions": Old, New, Mausoleum, and Rushing. Scroll down the page to locate links to three map-related resources. There is the Oak Grove Cemetery general map, a detailed hand-drawn map, and a GIS mapping database. You will also find the link to the burial records database here.

The burial records database comprises a number of PDF documents with burials listed in alphabetical order by last name. One set covers 1800 through 1999; the other covers 2000 to the present. The earliest legible headstone bears an 1811 death date. It is believed that the individual was originally interred in the city's first burial ground. The database was last updated August 15, 2013. The data fields in the databases are addition, section, lot, grave, headstone, outer container, last name of deceased, first name, middle name, maiden name, title, age of death, date of death, last residence, cause of death, next of kin, funeral director, date of birth, place of birth, and sex.

The History section provides links to a typescript containing a cemetery history and obituaries of some prominent residents of Paducah who are buried there.

Posted by Jean Powers at 09/19/2013 10:12:48 AM | 

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