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US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records
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This course will explore the history of cemeteries, the symbolism used, and the types of cemeteries. We will discuss the records created, how to locate a gravesite, and a summary of records published in books and online.


Course Content

Module 1

Death Dying & The History Of Cemeteries
Early History of Burials in the World

History of Burials
British Isles
British Colonies
United States

Funeral Customs
Bibliography

Module 2
Gravestones Speak

Colonial America
New England

Ethnic Influences
18th, 19th & 20th Century

Module 3
Types of Cemeteries & Their Records

Cemetery Types
Frontier Graves
Private Family Plots
Churchyard Burial Grounds
Common or Town Burying Grounds
Corporate Public Cemeteries
Potter's Fields
State & National Cemeteries

Cemetery Records
Bibliography

Module 4
Locating A Grave

Online
Find A Grave
Interment.net
Billion Graves
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project

Research
Bibliography

Module 5
Caring For Gravestones & Abstracting Their Records

Preservation of gravestones
Cleaning Solutions
Resetting a Stone

Collecting the Data
Bibliography

Module 6
Published & Online Sources
The Published Book
Books to Electronic Files
Online Sources
Miscellaneous Sources

Sources by State
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
 
 

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