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Spotlight: Virginia and West Virginia Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Chincoteague Cemeteries Online, Virginia 

Chincoteague Island is located in Accomack County, Virginia. The Chincoteague Cemeteries Online website began as an individual effort to document family gravesites. It was expanded to document twenty-one cemeteries on the island. Enter the website from the welcome page to view the list of cemeteries recorded here. To access the burial databases and photographs of gravestones, click on the image above the cemetery’s name. This will open a new page with information on where the cemetery is located and a notation on whether or not the cemetery has been completely documented. In addition to the images, there is a caption giving the deceased’s name and birth and death dates.


Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia

Blandford Cemetery is located in Petersburg, an independent city in Virginia. Located on the Appomattox River, it is about 25 miles south of the state capital of Richmond. This large cemetery has been used as a burying ground since the early eighteenth century. The cemetery records database may be searched by name only—last name, first name and middle name. The data fields in the search results include last, first, and middle name; date of death; parents names, if known; and a link to additional information. Click on the link to view a detailed record. The additional data fields in the detailed record include birth date, interment date, race, sex, age, birthplace, place of death, residence at the time of grave purchase, doctor, funeral home, and grave information such as location details, grave number, old or new grounds, and type of vault.


Cemeteries in Parkersburg, West Virginia

Parkersburg, the seat of Wood County, is located in northwestern West Virginia, at the point where the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers converge. In my search for cemetery records online, I found Christy and Jeff Little’s Parkersburg, West Virginia, Nostalgic Gazette website, which contains records and images for six cemeteries, in addition to historic images and maps of Parkersburg. The cemetery information provided on this site includes historical background on the cemeteries, an alphabetical list of the known burials in each cemetery, and, in some cases, photographs of the gravestones. Where a gravestone has been photographed, the deceased’s name is a link to that image. Click on the link to view the photograph. The burial lists are well documented. Information about the individuals buried in these cemeteries has been compiled from headstone readings, newspaper obituaries, and veterans’ lists, to name a few sources.

Pilgrims in the Family Tree

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Descendants of the Mayflower's passengers may be legion, but proving the lineage is no easy task. Boston Globe correspondent Christine Legere reports on the increased interest in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Pilgrims in the Family Tree.

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