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The Daily Genealogist: Arizona and Colorado Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Evergreen Cemetery, Bisbee, Arizona

The city of Bisbee is the county seat of Cochise County, Arizona. It is located in the southeastern part of the state, about eighty miles southeast of Tucson. The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum has made a cemetery database available on its website.

Established in 1892, Evergreen Cemetery replaced the Old City Park Cemetery. Old City Park Cemetery was located upslope from the drinking water wells in Brewery Gulch and it was felt that this posed a health risk to Bisbee residents. Beginning in 1914, the people buried in the old cemetery were moved to Evergreen Cemetery.

There are just over 15,000 records in the database. The information in the Evergreen Cemetery database comes from the following sources: City of Bisbee ledgers recording sale of graves (1912–1999), Mrs. Lillian Bilyeu Banchi & Mr. John Banchi’s compilation of "mortuary, church, and sexton" records (originals not available, 1927–1964), and Southern Arizona Genealogical Society & Arizona Pioneer's Historical Society records (1884–1926).

The cemetery database project is in its first phase. The second phase will include a physical inventory of the gravesites and information on the gravestones. Click on the link in the last paragraph to open the search page.

The cemetery index is organized alphabetically by surname. The data fields are # (number sign), last name, first name, alternate spelling, burial date, death date, grave number, section, and plot location. You can sort the records by any of the column headers (data fields) by clicking on the header. First click the check box in the ‘#’ field; then click ‘View’ to access an individual’s detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record include surname, first name, middle name, alternate spelling, spouse name, burial date, death date, age at death, infant child of, gender, burial permit number, grave number, section, plot, receipt number, map page, original comments, moved, date moved, new grave number, new section, new plot, cause of death, and tombstone comments. Click the ‘Back’ button to return to the database. If you find an error in the database you may provide the correct information by clicking on the Request Change button.

The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum also has placed an extensive collection of photographs on its website. These include historical and contemporary photographs of Bisbee, including some of the museum’s exhibits. Click on the Photo Archives link in the site’s contents list to view the captioned photographs.

Lakeview Cemetery, Broomfield, Colorado

The City and County of Broomfield own Lakeview Cemetery, an active cemetery incorporated in 1890. The City and County of Broomfield are located in central Colorado. The website contains an alphabetical listing of burials to 1955, a plat map of the cemetery, and a list of lot owners. The sources of the information for this index are copies of the original burial books housed at the Broomfield Depot Museum and a cemetery survey done in 1997. The data fields in the cemetery index are name, age, date of death, block, lot, and comments. The data fields in the list of plot owners, which is likely incomplete, are name, block, and lot.

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