How to Find Grave Site Records Online

How to find a grave, interment records, or other death information

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Part of tracking down genealogical records includes finding graves, interment records, or gravesite information.

Much of this information can be found online, as these records have been digitized for easy access. The following sites can give you a good jumping off point to find what you're looking for. 

FindaGrave

Screenshot of the Find A Grave website.
FindAGrace.com

With millions of cemetery records, FindaGrave is a great resource. You can search for famous graves, location-based searching, date search, a listing of interesting monuments, and over 160 million grave records. In addition, users can also view epitaphs of interest, add burial records, and read success stories from other searchers who were able to find what they were looking for. 

What We Like

  • Search by name, cemetery location and more.

  • People can create memorials for loved ones who were not buried in a cemetery.

  • The site includes a forum where family historians and genealogists can connect or ask for assistance.

What We Don't Like

  • Information is contributed by other users and might not all be correct.

  • There are numerous ads on the site.

Family Search: Find a Grave Index

Screenshot from the FamilySearch Find A Grave Index.
FamilySearch.org 

The Find a Grave Index by FamilySearch offers quite an expansive family history database of records and images from cemeteries around the world. This initial search gives users cursory data and is a good starting point.

What We Like

  • You can create or add to an existing family tree on this site, making it a helpful place to find and store research at no charge.

  • There are numerous ways to filter a search, such as life events or relationships.

What We Don't Like

  • You have to create a (free) account to use the search.

  • The search results direct you to the Find a Grave website for images or more details.

Interment.net

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Interment.net

Interment.net offers an extensive database of cemetery and burial records from thousands of cemeteries all over the world. The site is primarily aimed towards genealogists and local historians, with an online archive of transcriptions from thousands of cemeteries across the world sourced from government bodies, churches, historical groups, and individuals.

What We Like

  • Special collections include federal and state veterans' cemeteries, cemeteries of the California missions, and cemeteries that have been flooded.

  • You can search cemeteries around the world, not just in the United States.

What We Don't Like

  • The search feature is not intuitive. Other search boxes on the site might lead to ads or external websites.

  • You can use the browse feature to find a name alphabetically in a cemetery, but this is time consuming.

Cemetery Junction Directory

Screenshot of the Cemetery Junction Directory website.
CemeteryJunction.com

Cemetery Junction Directory is one of the oldest genealogical sites on the Web, with over 100,000 separate cemetery listings from all over the world. Includes cemetery listings and transcriptions (provided by volunteers) from the United States, Canada, and Australia.

What We Like

  • You can search for obituaries as well as cemeteries.

  • Addresses for numerous cemeteries of all sizes are provided.

What We Don't Like

  • The website has an outdated appearance.

  • The search process involves multiple steps that are not necessarily intuitive.

The National Cemetery Administration

Screenshot of the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
cem.va.gov

At The National Cemetery Administration (part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) you can browse through 131 national cemeteries in 39 different states. Click on a particular listing, and you'll see office and visitation hours, directions, historical information, historical figures buried there, and direct contact information.

What We Like

  • Helpful resource for national and state veterans cemeteries.

  • An interactive map on the home page helps the search process.

What We Don't Like

  • Only basic information is provided. There are no images or links to family members.

Other Resources

In addition to sites listed above, there are other resources where you can find information about deaths, burials, interments, and funerals:

  • Death, Burial, Cemetery, and Obituaries: There is a wealth of information available here, including birth and death information, family origins, cemetery and interment details, and obituaries (note: this site is part of Ancestry.com and requires a paid membership).
  • Cemeteries and Funeral Homes: Exhaustive list of resources to find graves or cemeteries or cemetery records. Cyndi's List is one of the best genealogical resources online.

Still Not Finding What You're Looking For?

Try the following resources to keep the search going. Remember, most of the time you're not going to find all the information you're looking for in one place; this almost never happens with detailed Web searches. However, with patience and persistence, it's definitely possible to locate your objective. Small pieces of information from many searches and sources eventually add up to a lot of information. 

  • How to Find Obituaries Online: Death notices, interment records, and obituaries can usually be tracked down online with a little bit of patience. However, sometimes the web is merely a jumping-off point for research that can only be done in person at a records office. Use this article to help you in your research for obituaries.
  • The Top Ten Sites for Finding Public Records Online: Many town, state, and federal offices put public records online. Here are ten search tools you can use right now for free to track down the information that is available to the public. Many resources here do include gravesite records, death notices, and interment information.