Delaware Cemetery Records

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This entry was originally written by Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG, in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The largest central file of gravemarker transcriptions and abstracts is in the Walter G. Tatnall Tombstone Collection at the Delaware Public Archives, compiled in the 1920s by the Historical Records Survey; these are supplemented and to some extent duplicated by transcriptions made by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Historic Records Survey in the 1930s. Also at the archives is the Hudson Collection of Sussex County tombstones, which is more thorough than the Tatnall. For Kent County, see also Raymond Walter Dill and others, Souls in Heaven, Names in Stone: Kent County, Delaware Cemetery Records, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1989). Some cemetery records are at the Historical Society of Delaware (see Archives, Libraries, and Societies), and some have been printed in the Delaware Genealogical Society Journal and in other publications. Julian H. Priesler covered Jewish Cemeteries of the Delmarva Peninsula: A Burial Index for Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995).

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