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Contact the Cemeteries and Burials Program

Thank you for visiting the Utah Cemeteries and Burials program. Please use the form below to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the cemeteries program or the database.

Please note: If you are seeking a correction to a burial record, please contact the cemetery where the individual record is located. Our records may only receive updates from the originating party.

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URL where you are experiencing the problem, if any (Search burials).

What is your question/problem/comment?*
Please include the date needed or timeframe, and the names of persons or places relevant to your request. If you are attempting to locate an individual, please include as much of the following information as possible (First, Last, Middle, Maiden names; date of birth, place of birth, date of death, place of death, religious affiliation, cemetery, cities they may have lived in)

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Cemeteries & Burials

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.

Weeping Angel Tombstone, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah

Weeping Angel Tombstone

 

Search for a person buried in Utah.

Find a cemetery in Utah, or view a list of cemeteries.

Search death certificates from 1900-1960 (outside web site)

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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 cemeteries wishing to submit data, please refer to our submission guidelines, and contact Amy Oliver, 801-245-7247, for more information.

Contact us

For information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, contact:

Amy Oliver
801-245-7247
Fax: 801-533-3503

For grant information, contact:
Debbie Dahl
801-245-7233
Fax: 801-533-3503

Cemetery Inventory Grants Available

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.


Submit Burials Data

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:

  • Obtain written permission from the cemetery.
  • Contact us about the correct format and submission of data, or if you have any questions.

Steps to submitting data

Prepare and format your data

Download and use our Microsoft Excel Template

Submit data

Correct individual records

Contact us if you have any questions.

Prepare and format data

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
FIRST_NAME TEXT (40)
BIRTH_MONTH NUMBER (2)
BIRTH_DAY NUMBER (2)
BIRTH_YEAR NUMBER (4)
BIRTH_PLACE TEXT (75)
DEATH_MONTH NUMBER (2)
DEATH_DAY NUMBER (2)
DEATH_YEAR NUMBER (4)
DEATH_PLACE TEXT (75)
BURIAL_MONTH NUMBER (2)
BURIAL_DAY NUMBER (2)
BURIAL_YEAR NUMBER (4)
SOURCE TEXT (100)
CAUSE TEXT (75)
GRAVE_LOCATION TEXT (30)
COMMENTS TEXT (100)
GENDER TEXT (1)
GRAVEMARKER_MATERIAL TEXT (15)
GRAVEMARKER_TYPE_OF_MARKER TEXT (20)
GRAVEMARKER_IMAGERY TEXT (100)
GRAVEMARKER_ARTISAN TEXT (40)
GRAVEMARKER_EPITAPH TEXT (2000)
GRAVEMARKER_COMMENTS TEXT (100)
RELATIVE1_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE1_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE2_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE2_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE3_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE3_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE4_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE4_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE5_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE5_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)

 

General instructions:

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.

Days and months:

If the day or month is unknown, put in a 0 (zero).

Otherwise, use a one-digit number:

  • 1-12 for birth, death, or burial month
  • 1-31 for birth, death, or burial day

Years

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

Gender should either be blank, F, or M.

Relatives

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:

  • Mother = 1
  • Father = 2
  • Spouse = 3
  • Children = 4
  • Sibling = 5

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.

Correct individual records

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.

Questions?

Contact Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247.

Cemetery Volunteers

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 aoliver@utah.gov

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 aoliver@utah.gov

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  We hope this helps you find a meaningful volunteer project that will help others connect with their ancestors and the past.

 

 

Find a Cemetery


Search the Utah Cemeteries Database

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.

You can also view a list of cemeteries

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.

Search for a Person Buried in Utah

Search Tips

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:

  • Try a different name spelling
  • Try just the first part of a name, or just the first letter of the first name
  • Try the maiden name
  • Use the Advanced Search. The Standard Search searches only the beginnings of a name, so if all you know is the middle or maiden name, you will need to use the Advanced Search.
  • Go to the List of Cemeteries to see if the cemetery is included in the database yet.
  • Remember, the database is not yet complete, and we are continuing to add information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Cemetery Grants Program

Grants help cemeteries digitize their records

Phase 1 – Cemetery survey

Phase 2 – Grants for digitizing cemetery records

Requirements and guidelines

Organizing and submitting data

Phase 1 – Cemetery survey

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.

Cemetery Phase I Survey Form

Return the form to Amy Oliver, Utah Cemetery Inventory Project, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Phase 2 – Grants for digitizing cemetery records

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.

Final products from Phase 2 may include:

  • A database of all the burials in the cemetery.  This database will be kept and maintained at the local level (usually by whomever is responsible for cemetery records). In addition, cemetery will upload the data to the statewide Utah Burials Database.
  • A computerized GIS map of the cemetery.  A GIS (Geographic Information Systems) map, linked to the local database, makes locating and tracking information about burials and plot ownership much easier. Many communities have found a GIS system to be well worth the expense of creating it.
  • Successful transfer of the database to the Utah Burials Database.  This statewide database is accessible to the public for research purposes.
  • Timely completion: The project must be completed 12 months after the contract start date.  No extensions will be given. Successful transfer of the data to the Utah Burials Database must take place before the grant money will be paid.

Cemetery Grant Application

Requirements and guidelines

Consultant/contractor requirements

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.

Grant requirements

      • Grant recipients must get reasonably accurate cost estimates by obtaining at least two bids from qualified consultants.
      • Grant amounts are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per cemetery.
      • Grants will be formalized through a signed contract between Utah State History and the grant recipient.  Distribution of grant funds can be made upon satisfactory completion of the project.
      • Grants require a 50-50 match. the local match may include cash expenditures (for consultant services, paid staff, software or hardware purchases, etc.) or donated goods and services (volunteers, donated software, hardware, etc.). Only expenditures and matching contributions made during the contract period are eligible.
      • Grant recipients must keep records documenting expenditures, staff hours, and donations associated with the project. Grant recipients will be reimbursed upon receipt of evidence of meeting agreed-upon program goals (or some part thereof), expenditures of local match funds and/or donated services, and upload of data to the Utah Burials Database. Forms to document donated services such as labor (professional salary rates must be verified with documentation acceptable for auditing purposes).  Copies of invoices, receipts, and canceled checks or governmental payment ledgers documenting expenditures of funds are required.

Cemetery Phase I Survey Form

Cemetery Grant Application