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The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Databases — California and Georgia

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County — which is home to Silicon Valley — in northern California. The city of Santa Clara owns and operates Mission City Memorial Park cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the state. The first recorded burial occurred on September 13, 1864, and there were just over 1,400 burials prior to 1900. The cemetery has been known by many different names over the years: Santa Clara Burial Ground, Santa Clara Protestant Cemetery, and Santa Clara City Cemetery. It was renamed Mission City Memorial Park in 1972.

You can take a self-guided walking tour through Mission City Memorial Park by clicking on the “view the walking tour brochure online” link. The brochure contains information about the cemetery's history and many of the notable people buried there.

Browse the burial index, available on the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society website, here. The database is organized alphabetically by surname. The data fields in the index are last name; first name; middle name; birth date; death date; age (years, month, days); sex; place of death; location (cemetery section); and burial location (coordinate, tier, row, number). There is a map of the cemetery on both the city website and the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society website.

Riverside Cemetery, Macon, Georgia

The city of Macon is located in central Georgia. It is the county seat of Bibb County. Riverside Cemetery was established in 1887. More than 18,000 people have been buried there, including many Confederate and Union Civil War veterans. Click on the History link in the contents banner to learn more about the cemetery's history. To view a sectional map of the cemetery, click on the Map link in the contents banner.

Click on the Genealogy link to open the burial database search page. Records have been kept since the cemetery's establishment in 1887. The name field contains a hyperlink to a detailed record for the individual are name; date of birth; date of death; interment date; spouse or parent; and surviving relatives. In addition, a section titled Lot Information includes lot designation, names of others buried in the lot, and a map. Many obituaries are provided; click on the View Obituary link. Photographs of gravestones are also accessible.

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