Florida Cemetery Records Research Guide

You can use Florida cemetery records for a myriad of different reasons. For the most part, people tend to use them to get a lot of the information they need to create accurate and detailed family trees.

This is a project that can be loads of fun to do, and when you have Florida cemetery records and other documents, it is a project that is not overly difficult.

Yes, it is time consuming, but you won't mind because you will find the information contained in Florida cemetery records and other documents so interesting.

Florida Cemetery and gravestone inscriptions are a rich source of information for family historians. For Definitions of all Cemetery Terms See Symbols on Gravestones and Their Interpretations

If you have never taken on a project such as this before, using Florida cemetery records is a great place to start. You can begin by searching for Florida cemetery records for your grandparents and other relatives that you may have known.

Then, you can use those records to start working back farther and farther, as far back as the cemetery records will go.

It may that you have several generations of ancestors buried in one place, and you can learn this from cemetery records.

Learn about Even More Ancestors

When you are using Florida cemetery records for your family tree research, you can learn many things about your ancestors, including the names of other ancestors.

This is because Florida cemetery records usually include the names of the next of kin of the deceased. They may even have the names of the deceased's parents and/or siblings.

These are all names that you are going to add to your research, and you can use Florida cemetery records to learn more about them too.

Using Florida cemetery records is one of the best ways to get the information you need for your research. If you do not know how to get started, these records are an excellent jumping-off point.

You can get plenty of information about the ancestor you are currently researching, as well as get names of other ancestors to research later on.

It is a good idea to keep a lot of notes and organize everything, because after a while, the information you get from Florida cemetery records could seem overwhelming.

Research In Florida Cemetery Records

In 1998, Florida House Bill 3763 created a "Task Force on Abandoned and Neglected Cemeteries."

The Task Force was given the job of reporting on the status of abandoned and neglected cemeteries in the state. It was also told to propose ways to fix up the cemeteries, if necessary.

Many cemetery records, both unpublished and published, can be found in historical societies and libraries across the state of Florida.

Many cemetery records have also been abstracted by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The FHL holds copies of those records. A 9-volume collection called "E. H. Hayes and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published Cemetery Records of Florida in 1946" is available on microfilm.

The WPA Register of Deceased Veterans Buried in Florida includes information from 51 of Florida's 67 counties. It was part of St. Augustine, Fla.: Veterans' Graves Registration Project, 1940-41.

The collection is on microfilm and a complete index of it is being published in The Florida Genealogist, which is a journal released by the Florida State Genealogical Society. The first part of the index was published in volume 22, issue 3, Fall 1999 (86).

Information in those listings includes:

  • Name of Veteran
  • Service Record
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Death
  • Location of Burial
  • Next of Kin
  • Personal Information

Funeral homes each hold Florida funeral records. Certain records cannot be accessed unless the person inquiring can prove their relationship to the deceased person. The Florida State Archives and the FHL each have some copies of Florida funeral home records on file.

Famous People Buried in Florida Cemeteries

County Name / Date / Cemetery Description
Brevard The Space Mirror Memorial
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation
Memorial erected to honor all United States Astronauts who have lost their lives while on missions or in training.
Broward Marciano (Marchegiano), Rocky (Rocco)
9/1/1923 - 8/31/1969
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Central
Professional Boxer.
Heavyweight Champion of the World 1952-1956.
Broward Nielsen, Leslie
2/11/1926 - 11/28/2010
Evergreen Cemetery
Born Leslie William Nielsen, he was a World War II-era Royal Canadian Air Force veteran.
Clay Van Zant, Ronnie
1/15/1948 - 10/20/1977
Jacksonville Memory Gardens
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the lead singer and a founding member of the 1970s Southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd".
Duval Van Zant, Ronnie
1/15/1948 - 10/20/1977
Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the lead singer and a founding member of the 1970s Southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd".
Levy Diddley (Bates), Bo (Elias)
12/30/1928 - 6/2/2008
Bronson Cemetery
Legendary guitarist and vocalist, he is best known for such hits as "I'm a Man", "Who Do You Love?" and "Pretty Thing".
Martin Como, Perry
5/18/1912 - 5/12/2001
Riverside Memorial Park
Singer, Actor.
Helped pioneer variety shows on the new medium of television in the 1950s.
Martin Douglas, Mike
8/11/1925 - 8/11/2006
Riverside Memorial Park
He was the host of "The Mike Douglas Show," a popular daytime TV talk show which ran from 1961 to 1981.
Miami-Dade Gleason, Jackie (John Herbert)
2/26/1916 - 6/24/1987
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Actor, Comedian.
Best known for his classic television series "The Honeymooners" and his character of bus driver 'Ralph Kramden.
Monroe Mitzi the Dolphin
5/11/1905 - 5/25/1905
Dolphin Research Institute And Center
Animal Actor.
Mitzi was the original 'Flipper.
Okaloosa Whitfield, Jessie Gilbert  "J.G.

9/8/1915 - 4/9/2006
Old Holt Cemetery
Gospel Singer.
A native of Bagdad, Florida, he is best remembered as a member of the gospel musical quartet, The Dixie Echoes.
Orange Ross, Bob
10/29/1942 - 7/4/1995
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Artist who hosted "Joy of Painting" on public television, starting in 1983.
He was known for his soothing voice and encouraging tone.

Florida Cemeteries

Cemetery Name Cemetery City
Oak Hill Cemetery Bartow
Limona Cemetery Brandon
Old St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Cemetery Courteney
Houston Pioneer Cemetery Eau Gallie
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and Cemetery Hibernia
Falling Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery Lake City
Melbourne Cemetery Melbourne
Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum Miami
City of Miami Cemetery Miami
Ocoee Cemetery Ocoee
Orange Springs Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery Orange Springs
Barrancas National Cemetery Pensacola
St. Michael's Cemetery Pensacola
Westview Cemetery Pompano Beach
Rosemary Cemetery Sarasota
Blackwood-Harwood Plantations Cemetery Tallahassee
Greenwood Cemetery Tallahassee
La Grange Church and Cemetery Titusville

Florida Cemeteries & Graveyards Links

Suggested Reading

  • Florida’s Historic Cemeteries: A Preservation Handbook. 1989 by Thompson, Sharyn.
  • Florida Cemetery Records Directory. Compiled by volunteers of the Genealogical Society of Utah from sources in the FHL.
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