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PLEASE NOTE: If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery, so that the official record can be corrected. To ensure that our database matches the official record, we do not correct records in the database unless the update comes from a cemetery. Thank you! -AO, 09/25/2013
The Utah State Cemeteries and Burials database is used by cemeteries, researchers, genealogists, and individuals to locate the sites of burials and cemeteries throughout the state. We work with all cemeteries throughout the state to make this information available to the public in one comprehensive location.
Search for a person buried in Utah.
Search death certificates from 1900-1960 (outside web site)
The Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database is recognized by Family Tree Magazine as one of the Best State Web Sites for family history research.
About the data collection
This state database contains names and other information about people who are buried in Utah cemeteries. Data is collected in three ways:
1. We give small grants to cemeteries to help them digitize sexton records. (Cemeteries do not computerize the information on grave markers). The cemeteries then submit the data to the database.
2. We encourage cemeteries that already have their records in digital format to donate their data to the database.
3. Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers. You must have permission from the cemetery and contact us about format requirements and the submission process. We will not accept data unless they are in the proper format.
4. Access to the database is free to the public through our online search. We do not offer back-end access or data files. If you would like a cemetery’s complete database record, please contact the cemetery directly.
5. Data is provided by cemeteries. If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery to verify the information and ask them to send us an update. We are unable to correct individual records without the cemetery’s updated file.
For information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, contact:
For grant information, contact:
Grant funds are now for municipal, private, and local cemeteries. These grants help cemeteries digitize their sexton records and make them available online. Using these grants, cemeteries can create a database and map of their cemetery and burials. The data will be available online on the Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database. This database is one of the state’s most popular online services, receiving 100,000+ hits per month. See our grants page or call Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247 for more information.
Note: Only authorized representatives of cemeteries may submit burial data for inclusion in the Utah Cemeteries and Burials database.
Do you have a correction to the database?
Would you like to survey a public or private cemetery? Follow these steps:
Cemeteries my export to the Utah Burials Database all or part of their records, including updates (usually new burials since the last update).
Data must be submitted in comma-separated value (CSV) format or in a Microsoft Excel file. The data must be submitted in the following order:
|Column Header||Type and (Maximum number of characters)|
|BURIAL_ID||NUMBER (7) REQUIRED|
|LAST_NAME||TEXT (25) REQUIRED|
Make sure the required fields contain data.
Make sure you keep text fields within the required maximum number of characters.
If you don’t have any data for any field, do not delete that column on your Excel spreadsheet! Leave that field blank. Exception: for dates, put in a 0 (zero).
Please don’t add any additional categories or columns. Our database won’t accept them.
If the day or month is unknown, put in a 0 (zero).
Otherwise, use a one-digit number:
If the year is unknown, put in a 0 (zero)
For a known year, use four digits (any year between 1700 and the current year).
Gender should either be blank, F, or M.
You can include up to five relatives in the database.
Either fill in both the name and relationship, or leave both empty.
To fill in the relationship field, use these numbers:
Note that these numbers do not have to correspond with the Column Headers. For instance, RELATIVE1_RELATIONSHIP does not have to be Mother. Or, for instance, RELATIVE3, RELATIVE4, AND RELATIVE5 could all be children.
This is fine, but again, you cannot include more than five relatives at this time.
Corrections of individual burial records must be coordinated through the local cemetery records keeper, where the master record is kept.
If you see an error, please contact the records keeper at the cemetery. That person will make the change in the master record, who will then notify our office. At that point, we will make the change in the statewide burials database.
Contact Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247.
Interested in volunteering to collect cemetery records? Great!
Cemetery volunteers don’t work with us directly, but they often work with local cemeteries. Here are some tips to get you started finding volunteer work:
1. Identify a cemetery or cemeteries for which you would like to volunteer.
2. Find out who owns the cemetery, and who is in charge of the records—usually a sexton. For most cemeteries, you can find this info on the Utah Funeral Directors Association cemeteries directory athttp://www.ufda.org/cemeteries.php.
3. Check to see if the cemetery’s records are already on the Utah Cemeteries Database at http://cemeteries.utah.gov/burials/execute/cemeterylist
4. If so, see #7.
5. If not, you may be able to help the cemetery digitize its records. This means recording the information in the sexton’s records into a database. This database provides information to family and other historians worldwide.
To learn more about the database and possible grants to organizations for digitizing records, contact Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247.
6. The cemetery should then submit the burial records you have digitized to the statewide Utah Burials Database Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. The cemetery may be interested in having you document the headstones in the cemetery by photographing and/or recording the information on the stones. This is a great service. However, the Utah Burials Database does not normally accept information from headstones, because the sexton records are the official burial records. However, in a few limited cases, we may accept burial records when sexton records do not exist.
If you’re interested in volunteering in a cemetery, but don’t know how to get started, email Amy Oliver at email@example.com
Allows the user to search for cemeteries throughout Utah and indicates whether or not a particular cemetery’s burial information is included in the database.
The cemeteries listed are part of the burials database. The list provides location, contact information and a website link, as well as the number of burials and when the burial information was last updated for each cemetery.
Find the names of people buried in these cemeteries
by searching the burials database.
Quick Search Hint: Enter Last Name and first letter of First Name only. Add more search criteria, such as birth year or burial place, only if your search yields too many responses.
To search quickly
Use the Standard Search and search by name without specifying a location or date. This is the fastest search available.
To see a list of all burials in a cemetery
Using the Standard Search, select the radio button next to Cemetery under Burial Place and select the cemetery from the drop down list. Leave all other fields blank. This will provide an alphabetical list of all names for that cemetery, 20 names at a time. If you see no names, it means that we don’t yet have the records for the cemetery in our database.
If you can’t find a name
If you can’t find a name of a person whom you know is in a given cemetery, try these ideas:
Before applying for a grant, you must complete and submit a Cemetery Survey Form.
We are collecting information about all the cemeteries in Utah–old and new, small and large, active and inactive, public and private. This information is made available to the public in the Utah Cemeteries Database.
Return the form to Amy Oliver, Utah Cemetery Inventory Project, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
After you have completed the Cemetery Survey Form, you may apply for a grant to digitize the sexton burial records, including names, dates of death, etc. Cities, counties, cemetery districts, private cemeteries, and others with a vested interest in cemeteries may apply for matching grants to conduct this phase. The maximum grant per project is $5,000. See the requirements for contractors or consultants who may be hired to assist with the project.
Computer consultants must have full-time, professional experience with GIS applications, preferably on cemetery projects.
Before selecting a consultant, obtain at least two bids to help ensure the grant funds are well spent.
The local database application must be capable of exporting data in a format that can be easily imported into the statewide database. We will provide further details with the grant contract.
Database fields in the file sent to State History must conform to the standards of the statewide database (name, length, and type of fields) to facilitate transfer of data and to maintain a necessary degree of consistency. See information on how to organize and submit your data.