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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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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

Children's Angel Monument SLC CemeteryThe Utah State Cemeteries and Burials database is available to the public. The information found within this searchable database is voluntarily given by the individual cemeteries. We work with all cemeteries throughout the state to centralize burial information and make it available to the public.

**Please note: If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery to make the correction in the official record. We do not maintain their files and each cemetery sexton has different policies related to updates.

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Search for a person buried in Utah.

 

 

 

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Find a cemetery in Utah, or view a list of cemeteries.  Please note not all cemeteries listed have provided burial data.

 

 

 

 

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Search death certificates from 1904-1964 (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 Websites for family history research.

General Information

  • We give small grants to cemeteries to help them digitize sexton records.
  • Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers.
  • We do not offer copies of files submitted by the cemeteries. For official records please contact the individual cemeteries.

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

For information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, contact:

Amy Barry
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 Barry 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. Amy Barry at 801-245-7247

Steps to submitting data

Prepare and format your data

Download and use our Microsoft Excel Template

Correct individual records

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 can be submitted in any format. However, the preferred format is a comma-separated value (CSV) spreadsheet or in a Microsoft Excel file. Download and use our Microsoft Excel Template below. The submitted data should include the following fields:

COLUMN HEADER EXAMPLE
LAST_NAME Burt
FIRST_NAME John
BIRTH_MONTH 7
BIRTH_DAY 24
BIRTH_YEAR 1853
PLACE_OF_BIRTH Dunfermline, Scotland
DEATH_MONTH 12
DEATH_DAY 12
DEATH_YEAR 1926
PLACE_OF_DEATH Pocatello, Idaho
BURIAL_MONTH 12
BURIAL_DAY 15
BURIAL_YEAR 1926
CAUSE_OF_DEATH Old Age
GRAVE_LOCATION R_40_20_1W
GENDER M
FATHER_NAME John Burt Sr
MOTHER_NAME Margaret Burt
SPOUSE_NAME Mary Etta Seddon
VETERAN N

 

Special instructions:

These tips will help ensure the data is correctly transferred into the Utah Burial Database.

  • Make sure the fields contain data
  • If you have no data for a field do not delete the column
    • Any dates that are unknown please enter a 0 (zero)
    • Other fields can be left blank if you have no data
  • Please do not add any additional categories or columns

Correct individual records

Coorections must be coordinated through the local cemetery records keeper or sexton.

If you see an error, please contact the cemetery directly. Once we are notified or receive an updated submission from the cemetery, the change will be reflected in our Utah Burials Database.

Questions?

Contact Amy Barry at 801-245-7247.

Cemetery Volunteers

Interested in volunteering to collect cemetery records? Great!

volunteerbarCemetery 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:

  •  Identify a cemetery or cemeteries for which you would like to volunteer.
  • Find out who owns the cemetery, and who is in charge of the records—usually a sexton. You can view the details for cemeteries in our Utah Cemeteries Database or the Utah Funeral Directors Association has a cemeteries directory.
  • If the Utah Cemeteries Database does not have any records 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.
  • 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 Barry .

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

We offer small grants to cemeteries to help digitize their records. Grants are limited to $5,000 maximum and require a 50/50 match, which may include a monetary match or donated goods and services. Find out more below.

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Below you can download the grant application to 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.

Cemetery Grant Application

 

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Final products from the grant 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.

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Grant requirements

Grant recipients will be reimbursed upon receipt of evidence that they have met agreed-upon program goals (or some part thereof) and have spent local match funds and/or donated services.

Grant Reimbursement Guidelines – What you need to know to comply with grant requirements.

  • Purchasing items or services
  • Reimbursement documentation
  • Personnel costs
  • Travel expenditures
  • Tips for filing out forms
  • Retention period

Grant Reimbursement Forms

  • Bid Sheet – Used only when making a purchase of a single item or service costing more than $1,000
  • Time Expense Sheet  – Each person involved in the program should complete this form by itemizing all donations and cash expenditures. Only expenses outlined in Scope of Work are eligible.
  • Reimbursement Request Summary – All of the Time and Expense sheets should be summarized on this form. The totals of expenditures and donations are shown here. This form, along with the individual Time and Expense sheets, must be submitted at the time the request for reimbursement is made.

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 burial data.