Georgia Cemetery Records Research Guide

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Georgia cemetery records can help you get started if you want to research your family history and you have ancestors from Georgia.

You can get a lot of information from Georgia cemetery records, and as you know, the more information you have in your family tree, the more complete and accurate it is going to be and the more interesting it is going to be for future generations to read. You can use Georgia cemetery records as a starting point for your research, and you will find that they can lead you to a lot more than you ever expected.

For Definitions of all Cemetery Terms See Symbols on Gravestones and Their Interpretations.

Facts for Getting Started

One of the things that puts most people off about doing a family tree is that it seems like a lot of work. While it is true that there is a lot of work involved, it is not hard work. In fact, when you have Georgia cemetery records and other documents, you will find that it is more interesting than anything else, and you will consider the work a labor of love. Of course, the first thing you need to do is figure out how to get started. You need to set up a plan of attack, so to speak. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Try to work out what information you already have, and what you need. You may already know about some of your ancestors, and some older relatives can also provide you with information that you may not be able to get from Georgia cemetery records.
  • Learn and understand how to get the information you need. If you need to learn about Georgia ancestors who have passed on, you can find out much of what you need to know from Georgia cemetery records.
  • Organize all of your information. You will probably end up with your own specific filing system, one that includes all of the information you get from Georgia cemetery records.

If you are working on your family tree, and you have ancestors from the Georgia area, you can use Georgia cemetery records to learn more about them. You will find such information as how and when they died, where they died, and even the names of their spouses, next of kin, and possibly even parents and siblings.

Research In Georgia Cemetery Records

Many volumes of Georgia cemetery records have been published by various agencies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). However, there is no statewide organized collection of those records. DAR records include probate records, court records, Bible records, and inscriptions from various cemeteries across the state. The FHL, DAR Library, and Georgia Archives should all be consulted for information on tombstone inscriptions and cemeteries across the state. Other collections may be found in private libraries as well.

Famous People Buried in Georgia Cemeteries

CountyName / Date / CemeteryDescription
CarrollHayward, Susan
6/30/1917 - 3/14/1975
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery
Actress.
She is best remembered for her roles in the movies "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955) and "I Want to Live!" (1958).
ChathamGreene, Nathanael
8/7/1742 - 6/19/1786
Colonial Park Cemetery
Revolutionary War Continental Army Major General.
ChathamMercer, Johnny Herndon
11/18/1909 - 6/25/1976
Bonaventure Cemetery
Composer and lyriciSt.
He wrote over 1,100 songs.
CobbRamsey, JonBenét Patricia
8/6/1990 - 12/25/1996
Saint James Episcopal Cemetery
Murder Victim.
She was a 6-year-old Little Miss beauty pageant winner who was murdered in her home on Christmas day 1996, in one of the most high-profile child homicides in recent history.
CobbWisconsin Monument
-
Marietta National Cemetery
This monument, dedicated on May 31, 1925, commemorates and honors the 405 men from 21 Wisconsin units interred in the cemetery who died in the battles in Georgia during the Civil War.
The monument is topped with a likeness of the badger, the Wisconsin state symbol
FranklinCobb, Ty
12/18/1886 - 7/17/1961
Rose Hill Cemetery
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player.
Ranks as one of Baseball's greatest players, if not the game's fiercest competitor.
FultonKing Jr. , Dr. Martin Luther
1/15/1929 - 4/4/1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
Minister, Civil Rights Activist, Author.
Recipient of the 1964  Nobel Peace Prize for his work for racial equality in the U.
FultonKing, Coretta Scott
4/27/1927 - 1/30/2006
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
Social Reformer.
Born near Marion, Alabama, she was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music for a planned singing career when she met Martin Luther King.
FultonMitchell, Margaret Munnerlyn
11/8/1900 - 8/16/1949
Oakland Cemetery
Author.
She is well known for writing the popular work "Gone with the Wind".
JonesRedding Jr. , Otis
9/9/1941 - 12/10/1967
The Big O Ranch (Family Estate)
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed soul vocalist, songwriter and musician representatives of the R&B style known as Southern soul.
Legendary musician Otis Redding (known as the "King of the Soul Singers") is generally regarded as the single most influential male soul artist of the 1960s.
SumterCarter, Eleanor Rosalynn
- 8/18/1927
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Presidential First Lady.
Born Rosalynn Smith, she married future President James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter in 1946.
She served as the United States First Lady from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981.

Georgia Cemeteries

Cemetery NameCemetery City
Jackson Street CemeteryAthens
Oconee Hill CemeteryAthens
Lincoln CemeteryAtlanta
Oakland CemeteryAtlanta
South-View CemeteryAtlanta
Westview CemeteryAtlanta
Forest Lawn CemeteryCollege Park - Whitman Mayo
Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate CemeteryJonesboro
Rose Hill CemeteryMacon
St. James Episcopal CemeteryMarietta
Ebenezer CemeteryN/A
Bonaventure CemeterySavannah

State Cemetery Guides

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