|Cemetery books are a wonderful resource for family historians. In these books, researchers can discover dates of deaths which occurred long before vital records were kept. Dates of birth and places of origin may also be found, as recorded from cemetery markers. Other information that can be gleaned from studying cemetery books includes religious affiliation, family groupings, occupation, social affiliation, and a family’s area of residence within a county. An individual’s date of death can also lead to courthouse records.
The SAGHS Library has a vast collection of cemetery books from Texas and many other states. Here are just a few examples from our extensive collection:
- Cemeteries of Bexar County, Texas, Volumes 1-8
- Cemetery Inscriptions of Harris County, Texas, Volumes 1-2
- Cemeteries of Comal County, Texas, and Surrounding Areas
- Cemeteries of Sabinal Canyon Area (Northeastern Uvalde County and Western Bandera County)
- Medina County, Texas, Cemeteries Volumes 1 and 2
- Atascosa County, Texas, Cemetery Inscriptions
- Early Records of Request for Burial in Old New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas
- Ancient Burying-Grounds of the Town Of Waterbury Connecticut
- Cemetery Directory of Polk County, Missouri
- Cast in Stone: Selected Burials in Albany, Rensselaer & Saratoga Counties, New York
- Pioneer Cemeteries of Southeastern Ohio, 1801-1980
Come visit us to see what you can discover in the many cemetery books at the SAGHS Library!