Publish Your Cemetery Records!
We publish cemetery transcriptions so that millions of genealogy
and history researchers around the world can access them for use.
If you have compiled a cemetery transcription, we're interested
in hearing from you.
What we offer to you is high visibility of your work. Between 10,000
to 15,000 people EACH DAY visit this website to find cemetery transcriptions.
We are not owned by any other commercial genealogy company, and
we will not sell your transcription to anyone.
Submitting Your Transcription
Submitting your transcriptions should be done by attaching your
transcription (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Works, MS Access, Text File,
ASCII File, or other) to an e-mail, and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(note: When submitting and re-contacting,
please do not submit a transcription more than once. Always contact
Steve first to make sure if he received it, if you question it
not being on line yet.)
Please only submit one cemetery per e-mail. If you have transcriptions
of several cemeteries, submit several e-mails.
The subject line of the e-mail must contain the name of the cemetery,
state, and county, for example, "Bethel Cemetery, Arizona,
as it constitutes your agreement in regards to submitting transcriptions.
All transcriptions MUST include the following information:
- The official name of the cemetery
- The location of the Cemetery (town, county, state, country,
- Street address of the cemetery (or driving directions from
a well known starting point)
- The date the transcription was compiled.
- How the information was compiled (tombstone inscriptions,
sexton records, previous transcriptions).
- Whether the file contains all the known or visible burials,
or if it contains a partial list of burials
- The names of the people who compiled the transcription.
Additional information that is much desired:
- History of the cemetery
- Ownership of the cemetery
- Whom persons can contact to get additional information about
the cemetery or its interred.
- Condition of the cemetery
Please also read our guidelines on File
Read our article on How
to Record a Cemetery in you've never recorded one before.
Types of Transcriptions we Publish
Interment.net publishes cemetery transcriptions compiled from
the following sources:
- Tombstone inscriptions, grave markers
- Sexton records, or other records on file with the cemetery
We prefer "complete works", that is, a complete
recording of all persons interred in a cemetery, or as complete
as possible. We are looking to publish works from authors and
transcribers who have taken the time to research the cemetery
they are recording, noting the official name of the cemetery,
a detailed location, a brief history, cemetery ownership, and
condition of the cemetery.
In order to obtain such comprehensive information, we expect
each author or transcriber to have actually visited the cemetery
We will publish "partial" recordings of cemeteries,
however priority is given to complete works.
Interment.net does not provide compensation when works
are published. This is a "library" where you (the author)
can get visibility and credibility for your work, and help other
people by providing them information that they may not otherwise
be able to find.
We prefer transcriptions to be submitted using a spreadsheet
such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Works, or Lotus 1-2-3, or using
a database such as Microsoft Access, or Microsoft Works.
We will accept word processor files, text files, rich text, and
You can also type a transcription into the body of an e-mail.
If you are using a Mac, please convert the files into an ASCII
format, such as text, rich text, or HTML.
- If you are using spreadsheet or database, please only do so
for transcriptions exceeding 10 records. For more information,
- If you are using a word processor, text file, HTML, click
Spreadsheet or Database
Use the following illustration as a template:
Capitalization: Please use standard capitalization practice.
That is, names should be capitalized, months (Jan, Feb) should
be capitalized. Please do not use all caps, or all lower case.
It'll only make it tougher on us to correct.
Surname: The surname should be that which is listed on
the grave marker. If you know the person's maiden name, we suggest
tacking it at the end of the Given Name in parentheses. For example:
Mary Rose (Carter). If the surname is unknown or unreadable, enter
it as "??".
Given Name: The Given Name should be entered as it is
listed on the grave marker or in the sexton records (cemetery's
official records). If you know that this person has a nickname
or other name, make mention of in the Notes column. If a Given
Name is unreadable or unknown enter it as "??"
Birthdate: We prefer that dates are entered as "dd
Mmm yyyy". For example: 12 Dec 1972. Months are expressed
in three-letter abbreviation. If the month or day is unreadable,
enter it as "??". If the month or day is not provided,
then do not make an entry. If a portion of the date is unreadable
enter a "?". For example "187?"
Birthplace: If the place of birth is indicated on the
tombstone, enter into this column.
Deathdate: see Birthdate
Deathplace: see Birthplace
Age: Insert age, only if indicated on the tombstone. Otherwise
leave this blank. If indicated, then add labels to the age. For
example: 24 yrs. If years, months, and days are listed, use this
form: 67y 3m 14d. Enter the age only if it is given on the grave
marker or sexton records. Do not calculate the age from the birth
and death dates.
Inscription: Enter the epitaph or other useful information
that is actually inscribed or written on the grave marker. On
veterans stones, enter the military info here. We do not suggest
recording epitaphs that have no genealogical value ("Rest
in Peace", "Asleep in Jesus"), although this is
up to you. If the symbol of a fraternal organization (Masons,
Lyons, WOW, etc.) is present, it appropriate to enter "Masons
symbol", or "Eastern Star symbol"
Note: Use the notes column to enter any notes that you
see valuable. Where two or more people are listed on the same
grave marker, it is recommended to make a notation using the "s/w"
label (see sample spreadsheet above). You might enter info on
the person's spouse, or parents.
IMPORTANT: please do not get too carried away
with the Notes. Please do not go on to list out the person's grandparents,
or children, their occupation, accomplishments, etc. This goes
beyond the scope of "burial records".
Unknown/Unreadable markers: If you find markers that
are totally unreadable, or have no markings, we suggest entering
the surname as "??" and the given name as "??".
This way, those records will get sorted to the top of the file.
Burial coordinates: It is not a requirement to record
the section, row, and marker locations. If you feel it necessary,
please make columns for them after the Notes column. Enter each
element into its own column.
Word Processor, Text File, or HTML
Use a semi-colon ";" to delineate the given name, and
commas "," to delineate the other data elements. For example,
the spreadsheet above would be entered as:
??, ??; "Our Baby"
?_inson, Dale; d. 189?
Barton, Mary; b. 24 Jun 1890, d. 13 Apr 1960, s/w Samuel A. Barton
Barton, Samuel A.; b. 14 Dec 1875, d. 4 Dec 1942, s/w Mary Barton
Clark, D. F.; b. 1854, d. 1896, Masons symbol
Clark, Rose; d. 1877, age 24 yrs, "Beloved Mother"
Clark, William E.; Husband of Rose Clark
Davis,; d. 1902, age 67y 10m 2d
Holder, Harmon T.; b. 1885, Texas, d. 1944, Missouri, "Native
Lewis, Sue A. (Young); b. Jun 1877, d. May 1955
Important Points To Remember:
- Enter each record on one continuous line. If the line gets
very long, DO NOT break the line by pressing the <ENTER>
key. Just let the line wrap automatically.
- Do not double space the lines. That is, do not enter a blank
line between lines. Enter one line after the other, just as
the example above shows.
- Please make sure line has a surname, or "??" to
denote the absence of a surname.
- Please enter a semi-colon after the Given Name only.
- Please, DO NOT USE TABS to separate each data element. Use
- The epitaph should be enclosed in quotes.
- Use labels to identify the dates and age. ("b."
= birth, "d." death, "bur." = buried, "m."
= married, "sec." = section, "plot" = plot,
"mark." = marker)
- If the given name is not provided, please enter a second comma.
(Please see above sample record for "Davis"
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