Interested in volunteering to collect cemetery records? Great!
- 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.