Zimbabwe Cemeteries

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

The records available from cemeteries are headstone inscriptions and written records (burial records). Cemetery records may provide information such as the deceased’s name, date and place of birth and death, age of the deceased at death, place of origin, names of other persons related to the deceased, maiden surname, and sometimes marriage information. They may also provide clues about military service, religion, occupation, place of residence at time of death, or membership in an organization. Cemetery records are especially helpful for identifying ancestors who were not recorded in other records, such as children who died young or women.

Headstone Inscriptions[edit | edit source]

Headstone inscriptions are information recorded on headstones (also known as tombstones or gravestones). Even when burial or death records exist, headstone inscriptions might provide information that the parish or civil certificate of death does not, such as place of birth. Sometimes, multiple family members are buried in the same vault and the inscription will give information on all that are buried there. Information recorded on headstones is of primary importance. Often, this information has been transcribed, indexed, and published and is found in manuscripts and books in libraries and archives.

Written Records[edit | edit source]

Written records are information recorded by cemetery officials or caretakers, included in parish and cemetery records recorded by the civil authority. Many persons could not afford permanent purchase of the grave and gravestone or monument, so after a period of time the grave was reused. Written cemetery records can be especially helpful for identifying ancestors who were not recorded in other records, such as children who died young. Because relatives may be buried in adjoining plots, it is best to examine the original records. Written records include:

  • Cemetery sextons' records
  • Municipal cemetery records
  • Church yard records
  • Grave books
  • Plot books
  • Maps

Finding Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries are often located next to a church. If you know where your ancestor attended church check that place first. If your ancestor died in another part of the country he or she may have been brought to the home parish for burial. Your ancestor may have been buried in a church or a civil (local authority) cemetery - usually near the place where he or she lived or died. You can find clues to burial places in church records, newspaper announcements, or family histories.

Photos and inscriptions of headstones from various Zimbabwe Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

eGSSA for Zimbabwe Gravestones

Roni and Jerry's Genealogy and Family History -a few gravestones in Zimbabwe for the specific family

van Heerden Genealogy -a few gravestones for the specific family

ZimFieldGuide historical, cultural and wildlife information for Zimbabwe- includes many cemeteries

Military Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Jewish Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Additional Resources at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

To find cemetery records for COUNTRY NAME in the FamilySearch Catalog follow these steps:

  1. Go to the FamilySearch Catalog
  2. Enter: COUNTRY NAME in the Place box
  3. Select country from the list
  4. Click on: Search
  5. Click on: COUNTRY NAME - Cemeteries

To find cemetery records for lower jurisdictions:

  1. Click on: Places within COUNTRY NAME