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How to find who owns a cemetery plot

Updated March 20, 2017

Locating the owner of a cemetery plot may be required in a couple of situations. First, for genealogical research. Knowing who owns the plot, when it was purchased, how much it cost, and who else is buried there all provide clues for a genealogist. The owner of a cemetery plot is also required information if you wish to be buried in the family plot. Permission may be required from the owner or descendants of the owner for burial.

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  1. Call or visit the cemetery office where you seek the plot information.

  2. Tell the clerk the grave location or plot information if known. If the grave location and plot are unknown, provide the name of the deceased buried in the grave site.

  3. Request information on the owner of the grave site or plot. Ask for a copy of the plot layout and ownership information.

  4. Tip

    Larger cemeteries keep records on site. Smaller cemeteries or old family cemeteries may have records kept in the county courthouse or the local library.


    Some cemeteries still accept burials but have no office. You may have to call local libraries and genealogy societies to locate the records.

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About the Author

Jennifer Holik, a professional genealogist, has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes for Chicago-area genealogy society publications. Holik has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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