The FHL has placed almost all Nevada cemetery records on microfilm. Those records can be found at the FHC in Las Vegas. Using Nevada cemetery records to help with genealogy and other related projects can be very helpful. The trick to being successful with Nevada cemetery records is that it helps to have an idea of which county might have the records you want. Although it is not impossible to conduct a Nevada cemetery records search without the county, this will obviously help your chances of having better success. For Definitions of all Cemetery Terms See Symbols on Gravestones and Their Interpretations
So, what can you find when you search through Nevada cemetery records? Certain records or tombstone transcriptions can help you find out:
a person’s full legal name
a maiden name in many cases
the person’s date and location of death
the names of surviving members of the family
other deceased family member names
the person’s original state or location of birth
People are often times buried in the state they were born in, not the one where they resided and died. Of course, much of this also depends when the date of the death was too. It is much more common in recent burials to move a body across state lines then in dates for burials of long ago.
Tracking Your Data
The state of Nevada is a large one, and finding Nevada cemetery records without the county may take extra work. Looking through Nevada cemetery records may be something you intend to do or hire someone else to take care of for you. Either way you may be amazed at the information this will be able to help you find.
When possible, try to find out the county the person lived in when he or she died. It may also be helpful to find out if the person was of a particular faith and, if so, which county they may have attended church in. This may be a very important clue to finding the Nevada cemetery records you need. Even if you look for Nevada cemetery records in several counties, it is easier than conducting a statewide search. The bottom line is to realize how crucial Nevada cemetery records could be to filling in gaps and completing your family tree or other genealogy project.
Research In Nevada Cemetery Records
Cemetery records for almost every county in the state of Nevada can be found on microfilm through the FHL and at the Las Vegas FHC. Volume one of Richard B. Taylor’s The Nevada Tombstone Record Book (Las Vegas: Nevada Families Project, 1986) covers most of Southern Nevada with the promise that volume 2 will cover the rest of the state when it is published.
Famous People Buried in Nevada Cemeteries
Name / Date / Cemetery
Curtis, Tony 6/3/1925 – 9/29/2010 Palm Memorial Park (Green Valley)
Actor. Born Bernard Schwartz, his father was a tailor who immigrated from Hungary; he was brought up in poverty in a tough Bronx neighborhood.
Foxx (Sanford), Redd (John Elroy) 12/9/1922 – 10/11/1991 Palm Valley View Memorial Park
Memorable comedian and television actor, best known for his role as junkman ‘Fred G. Sanford’ in the popular 1970’s comedy “Sanford and Son,” notorious for his frank, tell-it-like-it-is style and joking about everything from sex to color barriers, he brought taboo issues in the open.
James, Harry Haag 3/15/1916 – 7/5/1983 Bunkers Eden Vale Cemetery
Musician, Band Leader. The wartime era was crowded with big bands but Harry James with his colorful trumpet playing became one of the most popular swing bands in the nation.
The Nevada Tombstone Record Book by Richard B. Taylor (Las Vegas: Nevada Families Project, 1986) covers most of Southern Nevada with the promise that volume 2 will cover the rest of the state when it is published.