District of Columbia Cemetery Records

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
The District of Columbia Family History Research series.
History of the District of Columbia
District of Columbia Vital Records
Census Records for the District of Columbia
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District of Columbia Land Records
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District of Columbia Cemetery Records
District of Columbia Church Records
District of Columbia Military Records
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District of Columbia Immigration
African Americans of the District of Columbia
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The DAR has compiled an extensive collection of tombstone inscriptions for the District of Columbia, including the original registers of burials in District of Columbia cemeteries. The six-volume work, covering burials from 1847 to 1938, can be used at the DAR Library in the District of Columbia and the microfilm collection of the FHL.

The Washingtoniana Division of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (also called the District of Columbia Public Library) has a large collection of published tombstone inscriptions published by the Columbian Harmony Society with the following representative of that collection: Paul E. Sluby, Sr., and Stanton L. Wormley, Sr., Civil War Cemeteries of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area; Register of Burials of the Joseph F. Birch Funeral Home (4 vols., covers the period 1847–1938). The Family History Library (FHL) also has an extensive collection of these and other cemetery records for the District of Columbia.

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