The Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database is recognized by Family Tree Magazine as one of the Best State Websites for family history research.
We offer small grants to cemeteries to help digitize their records. Cities, counties, cemetery districts, private cemeteries, and others with a vested interest in cemeteries may apply for matching grants. Grants are limited to $10,000 maximum and require a 50/50 match, which may include a monetary match or donated goods and services. Find out more below.
A computerized database of all the burials in the cemetery. This database will be kept and maintained on a computer at the local level (usually by whoever is responsible for cemetery records). The database must be consistent with the statewide database of burials. There is a broad range of both computer software and computer “experts.” Make sure the final deliverable database allows for outputs in multiple formats.
Successful transfer of the database to Utah State History, which will add to the statewide inventory of burials.This statewide database will be accessible to the public for research purposes and can also serve as your resource.
OPTIONAL: A computerized GIS map of the cemetery. This computerized map, linked to the local database,makes locating and tracking information about burials and plot ownership much easier than with just the databasealone. Experience in a number of communities around the state has shown this type of system is well worth theexpense of setting it up. It is also easy to use and maintain when set up correctly. A map is required to comply with Utah State Code, Title 8, Chapter 3. It is strongly encouraged to add this functionality.
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.
At this time we don’t have regular volunteer opportunities. We can try to match an interested person with a cemetery that has indicated a desire to have volunteers. Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers.
The 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.
For information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, 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 Barry at 801-245-7247 for more information.
Cemeteries my export to the Utah Burials Database all or part of their records, including updates (usually new burials since the last update). Annual updates from cemeteries will help us keep the database up to date.
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:
John Burt Sr
Mary Etta Seddon
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
Corrections 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.
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.
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:
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.