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Lynchburg, Virginia, Funeral Home Records

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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The independent city of Lynchburg is located in the central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an independent city it is not a part of any county.

 

Diuguid Digital Archive
A Spotlight article reader brought this website to my attention. The undertaking records of the Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory of Lynchburg were placed on permanent loan with the Southern Memorial Association in 2005 and 2007. The SMA now sponsors this website.

The site provides access to the burial records for the period from 1820 to 1950. There are nearly 54,000 entries and, according to the website, most of those “who died in the Lynchburg area before 1920 were buried by Diuguid and will be found in these records.” The database is searchable by name and/or date.

Only a portion of the material in the collection, which is comprised of 42 general burial ledgers and 14 cemetery plot books, has been made available online. The general burial ledgers contain records for every person for whom they provided mortuary services. In the earliest years these services were orders for coffins, provided by carpenters in the Diuguid family.

 

Individuals were buried in one of four cemeteries in Lynchburg. In many cases the funeral home records can help determine the location of someone’s burial. Starting in 1896, the funeral home used a pre-printed ledger form that included the residence, date of death, cause of death, age, cemetery, and plot of every person handled by the funeral home. These forms contain valuable information for family history researchers. Much of this is not found on the state level, because the Commonwealth of Virginia did not keep official death certificates until much later. This description was drawn from the Overview section under the About the Records tab. Be sure to read the About the Records page before starting your search because it contains not only an Overview but also the following sections on interpreting the records, a history of the Diuguid Funeral Home, and a bit of historical and demographic information on Lynchburg over the years. There is a link beneath each image that will take you to the Interpret the Records page, should you have difficulty in understanding what is in the record that you are viewing.

 

The database can be searched by last name, first name, and year in the simple search. You can specify an exact year or a range of years. Advanced search allows you to also search by account holder, designated race, year of burial, book and page numbers, Diuguid’s Notes, place of interment, and gravedigger’s name. The data fields in the search results include surname, prename (given and middle names), date of burial, and name of account holder. The search results are returned in alphabetical order. They can be sorted by any of these fields by clicking on the up/down arrow in the field header. Click on one of the name links to access the detailed record and a page image. The data fields in the detailed record include all of the fields found in the advanced search option. To the right of the record you will find a thumbnail of the page image. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it. Clicking on the image a second time will enlarge it further.

 

The records contain information on many Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate. In one search I conducted a page brought up with the burial records of “Yankee prisoners”. One entry reads as follows:

 

Browns Stable Yankee Prisoner Jno Lambert 1st Maryland Co B was buried No 5 in 4th line lot 171

 

J.E. Fauber Funeral Home
The second funeral home collection is part of the holdings of the Jones Memorial Library, the second oldest public library in Virginia. It opened in 1908. The Whitten Funeral Home gave the burial records of the J. E. Fauber Funeral Home to the library for the purpose of preserving them.

 

This collection includes burial records, “first call sheets” and sales records of the J. E. Fauber Funeral Home of Lynchburg, Virginia for the period from 1919 through 1952. Also included in the collection are the burial records of J. J. Hughes and Company for 1915 through 1917, and the Lynchburg Undertaking Company, Inc. for 1918. These establishments were predecessors of the Fauber Funeral home. The burial records of the Virginia Funeral Chapel, Inc., for the period from 1952 through 1985.

 

The database can be searched by last name, first name, and year. You can specify an exact year or a range of years. The data fields in the search results include surname, prename (given and middle names), race, date of death, spouse’s name, father, and mother. The search results are returned in alphabetical order. They can be sorted by any of these fields by clicking on the up/down arrow in the field header. Reproductions of both "first call records" and sales records may be purchase from the library for a fee. Click on the surname or prename link to open a new page from which you can order a copy of the record.


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