Searching for Burial Places

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By Amanda Forson,

While the Social Security death index available on is extremely useful, it does not give the place where a relative is buried. Why is this? Burial places are not reported as part of the Social Security Master List, from which the Social Security Death Index is created. In light of this statement, what is a person to do? How is one to find the place where a relative has been laid to rest?

The following places may aid in this search:

FindAGrave- User-generated, this site often has pictures to accompany a given person’s information, at the very least of the cemetery site, and at the best, of the grave, and possibly even the person in question. FindAGrave is part of WorldVitalRecords, and easy to search as part of the Quick Search searching option. This site offers cemetery searches by location, in the US and abroad. –

Cemetery Junction-

Cemeteries of the United States-

The Tombstone Transcription Project-

The Political Graveyard-
Resting places of politicians, large and small.

Hollywood Underground-
Final resting places for Hollywood celebrities.

Cyndi’s List-
Motherload of links for cemetery listings, history, and just about anything you can think of for cemeteries and funerals.

There is no site that is all-inclusive of every cemetery in existence, or previously in existence. Many old cemeteries have been lost to underbrush or simply due to neglect. Others have been moved as the price of land became greater than the need for the cemetery to be in that exact spot. Such is the case with many older cemeteries that were previously located in Manhattan and currently located in Queens, New York.

In the age of computer information, volunteering to do transcription projects for what is local to you aids everyone. If you cannot find the exact burial by a quick Google search, or by searching these sites, then use the Social Security Death Index on and call the cemeteries listed that are close to the burial place of the deceased. Further, try contacting the newspapers located near the area where a person died to see whether or not there was an obituary. Either of these options may yield good results.

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