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The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Databases: California, Iowa, and Pennsylvania

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Valerie Beaudrault
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St. Mary's Cemetery, California
The city of Ventura, founded as San Buenaventura, is located in southern California. The city is the county seat of Ventura County. The owners of the Restore St. Mary's Cemetery website have made an alphabetical burial database available on their website. The database was compiled from burial record books and cards on file in the office of the Ventura city clerk. The records are in PDF format. Click the range of letters in the alphabetical list to open a new page containing the index. Scroll down to view the records. The data fields in the database are burial date, religion, sex, name of the deceased, age (year, month, day), place of death, block, lot, and section.

Oakland Cemetery, Iowa  
Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa. It is the county seat of Johnson County. Iowa City has made a burials database for Oakland Cemetery available on its website. Click on the Map and Database link to access it. The database may be searched by the last name of the deceased or plot owner. Click "Create Report for Printing" to open a new page containing a list with all of relevant data fields displayed. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, owner's last name and first name, section, block, lot, space, sex, birth date, death date, burial date, and age.

Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pennsylvania
Mt. Vernon Cemetery is in McKeesport in southwestern Pennsylvania. McKeesport is located in Allegheny County. Click the "search cemetery data" link in the center of the homepage. The database can be searched by last name, first name, date interred, and section/lot. You can also run an AKA (also known as) search, which searches the first, middle, last name, and AKA fields. The data fields in the search results are title, first name, middle, last name, AKA, Jr/Sr, date of birth, date of death, date interred, section/block/lot/grave, funeral home, and place of death.

Posted by Jean Powers at 02/11/2014 09:43:43 AM | 

Valerie, do you know of databases by county/state listing all public cemeteries? Are counties required to keep lists/locations? If not, what is the best way to track down cemeteries in a certain area besides calling funeral homes?
Posted by: Deb Blackman ( Email ) at 2/12/2014 4:09 PM

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