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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.