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tombstoneAll these links lead to cemetery plot plans, tombstone transcriptions and/or photos, burial, death registers, etc.

All are free, although some sites may require you to register or allow cookies to be set. A few are contacts for tombstone transcribers who will reply with the text of a grave marker and / or photo.

Please report any broken links, or a change in status, should a site start requesting payment for access. Also, please send me the URLs for any other sources of cemetery plot plans, tombstone transcriptions, and burial registers that are available on-line at no charge.

To be useful and appropriate to this page, linked sites must have the NAMES, LOCATIONS and DATES of death or burial available online. Websites of photos of tombstones may be linked, but they must be clear enough that tombstone engravings are legible, or their inscriptions available in text format.

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The Association for Gravestone Studies
"...promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones."
Birth Date Calculator
Makes quick work of converting the birthdate from a tombstone inscription that gives the date of death and age, i.e. - 74 years, 8 months, 6 days, etc.
Alternate site
Tombstone Calculator
Perpetual Calendar
Pay close attention, as the calendar shifts the days as you enter the year. Cool!!
Cemetery Records (RootsWeb)
Over 318,000 records and 38,000 different surnames (mostly United States, although there are German records, too) and growing.
Cemetery Records Online
Cemetery Transcription Project
Search or volunteer
JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry
Past Endeavours
cemetery photos, transcriptions, etc. from various locations in Canada (mainly and Prince Edward Island) & the United States (West Virginia).
RootsWeb death Records Search
Now over 27,000 records, more than 7,300 distinct surnames, covering a date range from 1813-1951. Usually minimal information only.
RootsWeb genealogy lesson on how to utilize cemetery records
To Die For - A Celebration of Cemeteries and the Lighter Side of death
Don't screw up your face like that! As my mother used to say, the wind might change and your face will stay that way. This is a lovely site with photos of cemeteries all over the world, plus lots of tidbits and interesting facts.
Tomb With a View
All kinds of cemetery lore, superstition, factoids, etiquette, etc.
Tombstone Carvings -- symbolism of Tombstone relief designs
some meanings may be particular to Texas or to US in general
Tombstone Initials and Their Meanings
Tombstones & Monument Transcriptions
a wide-ranging mishmash of links to cemetery images and transcriptions, death humour, obits, etc., from every corner of the planet
Tomb With a View's Commemorative Motifs, Mourning Images, and Memento Mori
Tombstone imagery and symbolism explained. Charts of symbols and their meaning are linked at the bottom of the page.
Find-a-Grave

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Canada

Record of Accidental Deaths, Suicides, etc. 1886
From the Dominion Annual Register For the Twentieth Year of the Canadian Union, 1886. Name, place, date, and cause of death is given. Gruesome reading. NOTE: "do" = ditto.
Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project
a clearing house referring to various cemetery projects across Canada, providing a surname search, etc.
Canadian Gravemarker Gallery
Murray Pletsch's great website - over 350,000 photos of tombstones with their inscriptions, filed by province, community, cemetery and surname (cross-indexed with maiden names whenever these are included)
Canadian Cemetery Records Online
Canadian Headstone Photo Project
Canadian War Graves Worldwide (except Korea) : The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
Photos. Fear not -- that obnoxious black background (with blue type) will disappear as the large page downloads. NOTE: No searchable database currently exists.
Legion Magazine Last Post
Since 1928, the Canadian war veterans' magazine has published a brief death record for each of the Legion's members. Where available, also listed are age, rank, unit, service number, time of service, and branch of membership at time of death.
The Maple Leaf Legacy Project [War Graves of Canadian Armed Forces anywhere in the world]
Over 110,000 graves listed. Ongoing project to photograph Canadian war graves worldwide. Database is searchable by any single or combined aspect of the data, from name, service, unit, date of death, location, etc. Super fast search. Clear photos plus transcription for each tombstone. Amazing site!
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Graves

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Canada - Alberta

Alberta Crematorium Records 1937-1979 Link repaired!
Edmonton Municipal Cemeteries
Burials of 25 years ago or more -- nearly 60,000 are listed. Contact information provided for interments less than 25 years ago.

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Canada - British Columbia

British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid
Now over 344,000 burials listed
BC Penitentiary Cemetery
Photographs of
Abbotsford Area Interment Index, Abbotsford Genealogy Society
Descendants of Hudson's Bay Employees, Pioneer Settlers, Lighthouse Keepers and Their "Country" Wives of Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands of British Columbia
Lac Ste Anne County, Woodlands County (east end) Cemetery Transcriptions-- Mayerthorpe Genealogy Resource Centre
includes burial records & over 10,000 photos of tombstones
Langley BC
Tappen Cemetery
Vancouver BC - Mountainview Cemetery Burials
Vernon & District Family History Society Cemetery Listings
also covers Central Kootenay, Central Okanagan, Columia-Shuswap, North Okanagan & Thompson-Nicola areas; includes photos

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Canada - Manitoba

Manitoba Cemetery Records
Hamiota MB
Kelwood MB - Kelwood Cemetery
Rosedale MB - Rosedale Cemetery
Rosenhoff Cemetery 1907-1930
burials for Scratching River Reserve Mennonites, northwest of Morris MB
St. Francis Xavier MB - Burials 1834-1865, Roman Catholic Parish Register Index
Winnipeg MB

Canada - New Brunswick

New Brunswick Cemetery Extracts
New Brunswick Military Heritage Project -- listing of military sites, monuments, and events in the province of New Brunswick
Dieppe NB - Our Lady of Rosary / Notre Dame du Calvaire / Chartersville Road Cemetery
Gagetown NB Area Cemetery Transcriptions
Scroll down below link list. This is part of a larger website that is under development.
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Canada - Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland Canada Cemetery Records
organized by county - a work in progress
Newfoundland Grand Banks Parish Records
choose the area and then scroll down to the Burials. NOTE: a project in progress. Not all areas have burial records online yet.
Newfoundland & Labrador Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions for Newfoundland and Labrador, Listed by District
Stonepics Index: Names found on Headstones, War Memorials, Monuments in Newfoundland
includes islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon, which are part of the province of Quebec
Badger's Quay NL - GenWeb Cemetery Transcriptions
Bonavista Bay NL Cemetery Transcriptions
Alphabetical listing of fifty communities in the Bonavista Bay area of Newfoundland
Bonavista NL GenWeb Cemetery Listings
Codroy Valley NL
Conception Bay South NL
Glovertown, Bonavista NL
Perlican NL - List of Deaths in Perlican, 1950-1995
Port au Port NL
Stephenville Crossing NL
West Coast District - Lost Cemeteries
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Canada - Northwest Territories & Nunavut

Devon Island NT - "Most Northern Cemetery in the World"
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Canada - Nova Scotia

New Brunswick Cemetery Extracts
Cape Breton Cemetery Transcriptions - Cape Breton Counties GenWeb
barest information, listed by cemetery
Chester NS - Early death & Burial Records, 1775-1818
Search using Ctrl F
Digby Co. GenWeb Cemeteries Index
barest information, listed by cemetery
Guysborough Co. NS
Lunenburg County NS Cemeteries
Lunenburg & Queen's Counties NS - death Records from the 18th & 19th Centuries to early 1900s
Prisoners of War who died at the British Interment Camp at Halifax, Nova Scotia in the War of 1812
Tatamagouche (Colchester Co.) NS - Lockerbie Memorial Cemetery
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Canada - Ontario

Ontario Cemeteries Resources
request lookups and/or photos of tombstones from volunteers. Be nice!!
Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid
"A database consisting of the surnames, cemetery name and location of over 2 Million interments from several thousand cemeteries, cairns, memorials, and cenotaphs in Ontario, Canada." Searchable by surname. The files can be downloaded using FTP.
Cemeteries of Ontario
Ontario Genealogical Society Cemetery Transcriptions on Microfilm
While not available on line, these microfilms can be ordered and viewed via your local library. The reference numbers are listed by District or County, with the cemeteries transcribed listed. An excellent reference not to be missed.
Find-a-Grave Ontario Burials of Famous and Somewhat Famous People
Field of Stones
Photos of tombstones in abandoned or pioneer cemeteries in Ontario. Site constantly growing.
Northern Ontario Gravemaker Gallery
1,000s of photos of tombstones from cemeteries across the northern portion of Ontario
Algoma Area of Ontario - Gravemarker Gallery
includes hamlets, villages and towns of Algoma Mills, Bruce Mines, Carlyle, Maple Ridge, and various others now amalgamated into Municipality of Huron Shores
Alton Cemetery, Alton ON
NOTE: there are two places to look for surnames, resulting in different results. Use the letter chart, but also the SURNAMES link.
Bruce Co. - Southern Bruce County Cemeteries
includes communities of Paisley, Rusk & Walkerton so far. Some inscriptions in photos are not clear enough to read, but some of these have transcriptions accompanying images. Webmaster offers assistance via e-mail. A work in progress.
Cochrane district Cemeteries - Gravemarker Gallery
Includes Matheson, Porcupine, South Porcupine, Timmins, etc.
Cornwall ON - Woodlawn Cemetery (mostly)
47 tombstone photos with transcriptions. Follow the arrow links immediately below the photos through the 4 pages. NOTE: DO NOT use the search box at the top of the page, as it searches the whole picture website, and you'll end up with photos of drunk students, etc., completely unrelated to cemetery photos and nothing to do with your search.
Deseronto ON - St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church Cemetery
Includes linked pages to war graves and Protestant graves of Deseronto Cemetery
Elgin Co. Cemetery Transcriptions of Tombstones - Elgin Co. OGS
Frontenac Co.
Hastings Co. (Centre) Cemeteries -- Elzivir, Madoc & Tudor Twp
Currently includes townships of Elzevir, Huntingdon, Limerick, Madoc & Tudor.
Huron Co. - Wingham ON - Wingham Cemetery
nice, tidy & well-organized website; maps, cemetery layout, etc.
Lanark Co. Cemeteries
Currently 127 cemeteries and over 41,000 names plus free lookups and offer of headstone photos for expenses
Lanark Co. Cemeteries with Pictures of Grave Markers
Lennox & Addington Co.
Manitoulin Island District ON - death Register
Records going back 120 years
Manitoulin Island - Gravemarker Gallery
photos
Mattice-Val Côté ON - Old Autochtone Native Burial
Burials probably date back to the early 1900s when there was a Hudson Bay Post here. The available transcriptions start later and extend to the 1950s. Website is in French only.
Mount Forest ON - Mount Forest Cemetery Transcriptions
A work in progress
Muskoka District
Niagara Falls ON -- Cemetery and Columbarium Search
A simple, fast search utility -- by name or plot location. Includes a good photo or 2 of the tombstone and a map locating the burial plot. Lovely job, webmaster!
Nipissing Area of Ontario - Gravemarker Gallery
Includes cit of North Bay and surrounding communities of Astorville, Bear Island, Bonfield Twp., Cache Bay, Callendar, Calvin Twp., Chisholm Twp., Corbeil, Feronia, Field, Garden Village, Holmes, Kipling, Lavigne, Mattawa, Nipissing Junction, Nipissing Village, plus Nipissing First Nation, Powassan, Restoule, Rutherglen, Trout Creek, Verner, Whitney, etc.
Ottawa ON - Grave Markers in Western Section of Ottawa ON
Parry Sound District:
  • Parry Sound ON
    includes hamlets, villages and towns of Ahmic Harbour, Arnstein, Burks Falls, Carling, Commanda, Dunchurch, Emsdale, Golden Valley, Loring, Machar, Magnetawan, Maple Island, Midlothian, Nipissing Village, Nobel, Novar, Powassan, Restoule, Rosseau, Seguin Falls, Shawanaga First Nation, South River, Spence, Sprucedale, Sundridge, Trout Creek, Wasauksing First Nation, Waubamik, Whitestone, etc.
  • Small Cemeteries of the Districts of Muskoka & Parry Sound
    individual cemeteries links via dropdown menu bar under the page title - photos with transcriptions
Penetanguishene ON - Cemetery Search
Includes Christian Island, Victoria Harbour, Waubushene, etc. Tombstone photos & transcriptions.
Whatever you do, you always have to click that long Click here for Further Information button.
Peterborough ON - Lakefield Cemetery Search
strange order to name search utility -- surname is 2nd box, between first and middle names?! At first, I wondered why my smith test turned up nothing.
Pickering-Ajax ON - Cemetery Index
Prince Edward Co. - North Marysburgh Twp. ON
Rainy River ON - Gravemarker Gallery
Renfrew Co. ON - Gravemarker Gallery
Communities of Chalk River, Deep River, Deux Rivieres, Eganville, Killaloe, Mackey, Madawaska, Pembroke, Petawawa, Point Alexander, Stonecliffe, Westmeath, and assorted townships & unorganized & reorganized areas now amalgamated under new names, etc.
Simcoe Co. Cemeteries - "Tombstone Territory"
tombstone photos -- includes communities of Adjala-Tosorontio, Barrie, Brentwood, Clearview Twp., Dunkeroon, Oro-Medonte, Shanty Bay, Springwater, Vespra, etc.
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry United Counties
Sudbury district ON - Gravemarker Gallery
includes adjacent communities and those now amalgamated into Greater Sudbury -- Alban, Espanola, Markstay, Nairn, St. Charles, Spanish, Warren, etc.
Sudbury ON - Finn burials in Parklawn Cemetery
Thunder Bay ON:
Thunder Bay & District Cemeteries
Timiskaming district Cemeteries - Gravemarker Gallery
Includes Earlton, Englehart, Kirkland Lake, Thorneloe, etc.
Toronto ON - Don Jail
Ongoing project to identify and expand information for prisoners buried at this historic jail. Graves are being moved as the property has been sold for development.
Wilton Cemetery
Wolfe Island & the Nearby Islands of Amherst, Garden and Howe Death Registry Transcriptions

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Canada - Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Cemetery Transcripts
Augustus PE - Sst. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Burial Extract
taken from the death registers, only information from burials lacking a tombstone. Includes some related obituaries.
Brudenell Cemetery
Charlottetown PE
Cherry Valley - Christ Anglican Church Cemetery
Georgetown
Montague
Sturgeon PE:
Various Cemeteries

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Canada - Quebec

Something to keep in mind in wandering Quebec cemeteries: In Quebec, cemetery plots are by law not purchased, but leased for 99 years. At the end of the lease, a notice is published in local newspapers, listing the surnames of the plots about to expire.

If no one comes forward to renew the lease, the deceased is dug up, reburied a few feet deeper and the plot is available for a new burial. The inscription on any tombstone is sandblasted off and will be reused in situ. I have no idea what this means in terms of burial records, but would hope these "transfers" are recorded and the early burials remain documented.

While I have seen this reported in the national news, I have received word that this is not necessarily so in all cemeteries in Quebec. Apparently, in Notre Dame des Neige Cemetery in Montreal, the right of perpetuity exists. I would appreciate comment on this topic from others in Quebec.

Cemeteries of West Quebec & Upper Gatineau
A work in progress, this is an indexed transcript of the tombstones of this area's cemeteries. Photos of tombstones are not on the website, but are offered once you determine the reference number. Nice setup, webmaster, especially the progress report listing cemeteries as they are added! A PDF reader is required, and a link to download it free has been thoughtfully included on the website.
Aylmer & Hull (Gatineau) QC Cemeteries
Gatineau Co. QC Cemeteries with Pictures of Grave Markers
Hemmingford Twp. QC Tombstone Transcriptions
Over 6,000 entries dating from 1808 - 1994.
Baie-Comeau QC - Cimeti?re St-Joseph de Manicouagan
in French only. Included are the parishes of Pointe Lebel and Les Buissons.
Montreal QC - Le repos Saint-Fran?ois d'Assise Cimeti?re [St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery]
Search utility: Nom de jeune fille = maiden name; d?funt = deceased; Pr?nom = given or first name; Nom du conjoint = spouse's surname; Ann?e de naissance = year of birth; Ann?e du d?c?s = year of death.
Montreal QC - Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mont-Royal
Search burials since 1855 for the parish of the beautiful and historical Basilica de Notre Dame. Website is in English, aussi en fran?ais.
Pontiac Co. QC Cemeteries with Pictures of Grave Markers
Sheenboro, Pontiac Co. - St. Paul the Hermit Catholic Cemetery
St. Julien QC
A tiny village east of Arthabasca and Victoriaville, about halfway between the St. Lawrence River and the American border. What is so terrific about this page is that the names are connected to family tree info and in some cases, photos! Website in French only, but well worth lumbering through with a French-English dictionary.

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Canada - Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project updated Link repaired! Thanks, R.!
Ongoing project to photograph and/or transcribe the 3,300 cemetery and burial sites (1,234 cemeteries complete to date) in the province -- Volunteers wanted!
Boulder Lake SK - Boulder Lake Cemetery Burials
Drake SK - Drake & North Star Cemeteries
Estevan SK:
Fort Qu'Appelle SK -- Lakeview Cemetery
Lockwood SK - Lockwood Cemetery
Moose Jaw SK Cemeteries
includes Moose Jaw City Cemetery, St. Aidan's Church Cemetery (Chester SK), St. John Evangelist Church Cemetery (English Village, NT), Heath Cemetery (Wesley District)
Nokomis SK (Rural Municipality of Wreford #280)
Saskatoon SK
Tate SK - Tate Cemetery Burials
Venn SK - Venn Cemetery 1903-2003

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Canada - Yukon Territory

Yukon GenWeb Cemetery Project
Obituaries for people connected to the Yukon
Whitehorse YT - Pioneer Cemetery Burial Index

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