American Cemetery & Mortuary Records.

Until about the mid-20th century, most churches were constructed on 
lots large enough to provide their members with burial facilities. 
As cities and congregations grew, burial yards were established in 
outlying areas. 
These cemeteries may have index cards listing 
information about those buried on their premises. 
You also will find published abstracts of thousands 
of church, public, and family cemeteries in large archives and libraries 
with genealogy collections. 

Also search mortuary records. Morticians kept detailed 
records for accounting purposes. In some places,morticians or funeral 
directors gathered the information recorded on the death certificate, 
obtained burial permits, and arranged to ship the deceased to their 

If you know where a relative died, check, 
"The Red Book,"published by the
National Directory of Morticians for the names 
and addresses of morticians and funeral directors in that location. 
You may also find the name of the undertaker or funeral home on the 
death certificate. 
If the mortuary is no longer in business, its files may be in the custody 
of the county clerk, the local library, or the local historical society. 

In the files you may find funeral or burial registers, funeral books, 
funeral cards, and even telegrams or correspondence to the next-of-kin. 
Those records may contain the deceased's date and place of birth, date 
and place of death, parents' names and residence, spouse's name and residence, 
occupation, military service, religious affiliation, fraternal organizations, 
and survivors. 
If possible, capture an electronic image of that document. 
and then print it in your family history.

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