Magnolia Memorial Park & Gardens
Garden Grove, Orange County, California
GPS: 33.784212, -117.976636
12241 Magnolia Avenue
Garden Grove CA 92841
Last edited: May 15, 2016
Total records: 6,896
Magnolia Memorial Park is currently owned and operated by Garden Grove Friends Church.
At a public meeting held on January 18, 1876, the colonists of Westminster (located near present-day Garden Grove) voted to purchase land and build a cemetery for early settlers.
In April 1882, the Westminster Cemetery Association purchased ten acres and sold about 4.85 acres to William Lamson. The remaining 5.15 acres became a graveyard. On 14 Sept 1926, the Westminster Cemetery Association changed its name to "Westminster Cemetery District". The name was subsequently changed in February 1967, to "Magnolia Memorial Park", to avoid confusion with a privately owned cemetery in Westminster with a similar name.
In 1985, the cemetery was taken over by the Orange County Cemetery District, a public agency which also operated cemeteries in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and El Toro. In 1994, the District downsized due to an Orange County bankruptcy, and sold the cemetery to the Omega Society. In October of 2001, the cemetery was purchased by Rose Drive Baptist Church, which operated it as their Tapestry Christian Fellowship group. In June 2014, Magnolia Memorial Park was sold to Garden Grove Friends Church, who renamed it to "Magnolia Memorial Park & Gardens".
We have two transcriptions available...
Tombstone Inscriptions, recorded by Barbara Gossett in June 2010, (3,131 records)
Orange County Cemetery District Database, downloaded May 2016 (3,765 records)
California Death Records
- California Newspapers, Full Search (1846-2007), 459 titles - GenealogyBank.com
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- California Funeral Notices - GenealogyBank.com