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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.