Nebraska State Genealogical Society Tombstone Photo Project
The mission of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society Tombstone Photo Project is to “capture digital images of all the tombstones in the state of Nebraska.” Since over time many grave markers have become difficult to read, this project intends to help document and save these records for posterity. Currently there are more than 71,000 tombstone photo records from throughout the state in the database.
You can run a Quick Search for a surname from the main webpage and limit the search by county. If you click on the Search Tombstones link it will open a new page from which you can search by surname or first name and limit your search by county.
You can also browse the tombstone images by cemetery. Click on the Tombstones by Cemetery link to begin your search. Select a county to open a new page with links to that county’s cemeteries with photographs in the database. Then click on the name link to open a page containing a photograph of the tombstone and, in some cases, a transcription of the information on the stone. While most photographs are very clear and readable, others are not and the information on some of those has not been transcribed.
If you click on the Surnames link in the banner above the search boxes and then select a county, you can create lists of surnames which include every individual buried in the county represented in the collection.
The data fields in the database include the full name of the deceased, cemetery name, county, and the date on which the file was updated. When you click on the surname it opens the page with the photograph of the tombstone. If there is more than one person with the same surname buried in the cemetery or plot, a list of links to the photographs of those individuals will be listed under the heading Similar County Records.
The Nebraska State Genealogical Society Tombstone Photo Project is currently seeking volunteers to help photograph and upload tombstone images to the database.
Cemetery Database, Lincoln, Nebraska
The city of Lincoln is the capital of the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. It is located in the southeastern part of the state.
Wyuka and Fairview Cemeteries
Wyuka Cemetery was established in 1869, to provide a “Lincoln State Cemetery” for the new state’s capital city. Over the years the cemetery has grown to 140 acres. The Fairview Cemetery was established in 1894 by the city of Havelock. Havelock was annexed to the city of Lincoln in 1930. In 1996, Wyuka Cemetery assumed ownership of Fairview, which is a small fifteen acre cemetery. The website contains maps in PDF format of both cemeteries, including overview maps and section maps with lot locations marked. You will need free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
To search the database, enter the last name or the last name and first name of the person whose burial record you are seeking, and click on the Submit Query button. The data fields include full name of the deceased, lot, section and space, birth date (if known), death date and cemetery name.