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Friday, February 11, 2011

Online Resource: Mapped Cemeteries

From this post I had 2 comments and wanted to expand on the subject of using maps for locating cemeteries.

First, my genealogy research focuses on the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. I live in Kansas, in the small hometown of my husband. So, these are the states that I have experience in ordering and using county maps from the department of transportation.

~ County Maps by State
Do all states provide county maps for purchase? I don't know. But a quick Google search will answer that question for you.

AL DOT screen capture [with arrow added by me]
Stand alone and church cemeteries are marked with its own symbol. However, not all cemeteries may be marked on these maps, especially the rural and homestead family cemeteries. When I know of a cemetery not listed I add it to my map. I should attempt to submit that information to the county, but honestly, I just haven't found time.

From the Reno County Kansas Map

Links to order county maps for these states:

Some states will have versions available for download and no cost. For the minimal cost to purchase I like being able to get the larger paper version that is easy to read and mark.

~ Another online resource is GNIS: U. S. Board on Geographic Names.

Click on Search Domestic Names

When searching for a cemetery I would suggest entering the county and state instead of the cemetery name and then selecting cemetery as the feature class. This will generate a list of all cemeteries included in the database for that county.

For cemeteries not listed in the GNIS database I have been told that you can submit verified data to be included in a future update.

~ And, if you are lucky, you may find a big book like this one:

This book is published by the Department of Geography from the University of Alabama. You don't have to buy the whole book and can instead purchase just the counties you want.

Other online Alabama Maps [free/downloadable] from the University of Alabama.
Do you know of a good online map resource that others would benefit knowing about? If so, please share it in the comments section.

1 comment:

  1. What fantastic information is available if you know where to look. Thanks for sharing, Gale!


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