If you want burial information looked up you should
check with the Palm Beach County Genealogical Society. I do not have
these books myself, but the society should have them. This below
information was provided by a prior coordinator and is included here for
your use as far as it currently extends. I would be thrilled if
someone who has access to this information would be interested in
becoming a lookup volunteer for this information. Please contact me at PalmBeachCoGenWeb and let me know what books you have in which to do lookups. Thanks!
The following books are available through the Palm Beach County Genealogical Society:
See also the Palm Beach County Genealogical Society's Cemetery Records page. They have a huge volume of records available.
- The Municipal Cemeteries of Lake Worth, Florida - Index of Burials 1923 - 1997
- Delray Beach Memorial Gardens - Index of Burials September 1903 - September 1987
- Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach - Index of Burials January 1905 through December 1994
- Boynton Beach Memorial Park and Mausoleum - Index of Burials August 1903 through April 2005
Not sure where to start? Try the Master Burial Database. It has over 1,750 burials listed.
Boca Raton Cemetery (Boca Raton)
Boynton Beach Memorial Park (Boynton Beach)
Delray Beach Memorial Gardens (aka Pine Ridge Cemetery) (Delray Beach)
Eternal Light Memorial Gardens (Boynton Beach)
Evergreen Cemetery (Lantana)
Foreverglades Mausoleum Garden (Belle Glade)
Glenwood Memorial Cemetery (Riviera Beach)
Hillcrest Memorial Park (West Palm Beach)
I.A. Banks Memorial Park (aka Osborne Municipal Cemetery) (Lake Worth)
Jupiter Cemetery (aka Riverside Memorial Park) (Jupiter)
Lake Worth Memory Gardens (Lake Worth)
Lincoln Memorial Gardens (aka Palm Beach Memorial Park) (Lake Worth/Lantana)
Menorah Gardens (aka Palm Beach Gardens) (West Palm Beach)
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery (Royal Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Memorial Park (aka Lincoln Memorial Gardens) (Lake Worth/Lantana)
Pine Crest Municipal Cemetery (Lake Worth/West Palm Beach)
Pine Ridge Cemetery (aka Delray Beach Memorial Gardens) (Delray Beach)
Port Mayaca Cemetery (Port Mayaca)
Riverside Memorial Park (aka Jupiter Pioneer Cemetery) (Jupiter/Tequesta)
Royal Palms Memorial Gardens (West Palm Beach)
Shalow Memorial Park (abandoned) (West Palm Beach)
South Florida National (VA) Cemetery (Boynton Beach)
The Gardens of Boca Raton (aka Heritage Manor Memorial Park) (Boca Raton)
Woodlawn Cemetery (Palm Beach)
Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Burial Site - located at the Junction of 25th Street and Tamarind Avenue in West Palm Beach
If you didn't find the information you were looking for on this site, here's some advice on how to conduct your own search.
Thanks to thousands of volunteers that transcribe and submit cemetery information for posting on the internet your odds of finding that ancestors final resting place increase each day. The majority of U.S. cemetery transcriptions will be found in one of the following places
To begin your search you'll need a few pieces of information. The most critical piece of information you need is to know where they died. Most people, particularly before long distance travel became practical, were buried near the place they died. If they died at a location that wasn't considered "home" but was fairly close (such as a hospital in another county), they were probably taken home for burial. Once railroad travel became widely available families with the funds may have transported thier loved ones long distances to lay them to rest in the cemetery where other family members were buried - particularly their parents and siblings.
Having the date of birth and death will help to narrow your search, although a good estimate will normally do the job (unless you need to order a death certificate).
The best resources for finding clues on where an ancestor is buried are:
Death certificates are issued by the county or state of where the death was recorded. Requesting certificates from the state will always require both the date and place of death. Requesting certificates from the county, will only require the date of death. Small, rural counties, will often require only the decedent's name, as there are fewer names to sort through.
A good website for getting instructions on how to obtain death certificates from state and county offices is the RecordsRoom
Funeral.com has a directory of active cemeteries in the United States with addresses and phone numbers.
Websites for cemetery districts can usually be found by running a search for "cemetery district" on any popular Internet Search Engine.
Only a handful of societies have its own website. Most, if not all, societies are operated out of someone's home. Local genealogical societies are usually aware of these societies and know how to contact them.
Another way to look up funeral homes on the Internet is by using an Internet yellow-pages. You can select a state, and search on "funeral".
The National Cemetery Administration is responsible for operating the cemeteries in the national cemetery system. Their website provides a list of the cemeteries with addresses and phone numbers, as well as information on how to obtain military records.
Conversely, wealthy families tend to bury their dead in privately owned and operated cemeteries, where they can purchase enough land to buffer themselves from other graves, build mausoleums, and erect monuments. These cemeteries usually have picturesque names such as "Shady Oaks Glen", or "Lilac Hills".