Category Archives: Cemeteries

Follow Along with Cemetery Database Updates

The TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, coordinated by Jerry Butler, is one of our primary resources for burial records from across the state.  With close to 400,000 records from more than 15,000 cemeteries, you certainly want to make sure you are familiar with using the site.  


We have now implemented two new ways to make it easier for you to know when new burial listings are added! 

  • Email Newsletter — we can send you updates directly to your email. Just sign-up for the newsletter at and you will get our Cemetery Database Update newsletter each day new information is added. 
  • RSS Feed – do you use an RSS reader? Subscribe to our Feedly or Feedburner subscriptions and add us!


Give it a try! You never know when you’ll discover a new finding! 

And remember, the Cemetery Database grows as people send us submissions, so if you are interested in adding records, please get in touch with Jerry Butler.

Meanwhile, the database is one of our great Special Project offerings, but we also have listings on many of the individual county sites – be sure to consult your specific county of interest for possibly even more records.

If you’d like to be sure to receive all future TNGenWeb Blog updates, you can also sign up for the blog newsletter at




Preservation of African American Cemeteries Conference

This weekend, May 16-17th, is the 8th annual meeting for the Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC).   This group, based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, is dedicated to the preserving, restoring, and documenting of African American cemeteries.  They promote and provide services in research, documentation, stone cleaning, education, maintenance, restoration and more – all related to cemeteries where individuals of African-descent are interred.


This year’s meeting will be held on the campus of Rhodes College  in Memphis.  During the two-day weekend, a variety of speakers will give presentations ranging from legislative efforts to archaeological preservation in Tennessee.  Additionally, our very own TNGenWeb member, Jerry Butler, will present about the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database. We are so pleased that Jerry will have the opportunity to share what the TNGenWeb is doing to aid in efforts to provide and share transcriptions of cemeteries across the state.

If you’re not familiar with PAAC, now is a good time to visit their website at learn more about them!

TNGenWeb Cemetery Database Update

Have you visited our TNGenWeb Cemetery Database lately? If so, you may have noticed that the site has been redesigned and has a few new features included.

The TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, coordinated by Jerry Butler, is a great collection of burial records from across the state.  As of this writing, the database includes more than 350,000 records from 15,000 cemeteries.   


In the database, you can

  • search for individuals across the state
  • restrict your search to specific counties
  • search on a first name, middle name, and/or surname
  • search cemeteries by name and/or by GPS coordinates – can even generate a map of your results

There is a page for each county that allows you to see, at-a-glance, which cemeteries have records available. In some instances, you’ll find these records also on our individual county sites; in other instances, the records will only be available here.  Additionally, each county has a link to a great map of cemeteries in the county and links back to each county website. 

If you’ve not used the database before, this is a good time to explore! If it’s been awhile, do some new searching – you just may find some information that was not there last time you checked!


TNGenWeb Cemetery Now Includes Maps

One of the TNGenWeb projects is our Cemetery Database, administered by Jerry Butler, with lots of great assistance from many volunteers.  The Cemetery Database provides our researchers with a way to search and browse burial listings from across the state.

Recently, Jerry has added a Maps feature that lets you see the location of cemeteries in any given county overlaid on a Google Map.  Here is an example from Henderson County:


 Selecting a cemetery name from the sidebar, or clicking on any red marker, will show you details about the cemetery.


 You can then click to see directions, more info (including list of names of those interred there, when applicable) and zoom in further on the map to see better location details.

Cemetery maps can be accessed via the top right corner of any county’s page in the Cemetery Database.


The geographic information for the cemeteries comes from the US Geographic Names Information System and is not perfect.  If you have information to share on cemeteries to include, please do let Jerry know; his contact details are available on the site.   Thank you Jerry for helping make the Cemetery Database even more useful.

Cemetery Database Has New Commenting Feature

Great news with regard to the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database.  The site now has the ability to for you to leave comments! Leaving comments can be a great way to provide additional information and details on people you may know or have researched, and may help you connect with others researching the same individual.

To leave a comment, look for the Comments icon on the top right corner of the page.  The system being used for you to leave a comment is called Disqus and is quite flexible. You can “sign in” with one of several online accounts – Disqus itself, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Yahoo or even just as guest.  However, if you “sign in” you can keep track of your comments and your replies – so it’s worth the few extra seconds.    Additionally, you can subscribe to get new comments to go directly to your email account, or see them via RSS feed for any particular record.  


Within a day of activating comments, there was already one submission! Gloria Cox provided a death notice for Mrs. Lovie Davy who is buried in Liberty-Davis Cemetery in Hardin County.  Quite encouraging!


 We invite you to check it out and sign in.  You wouldn’t want to miss an important connection with another researcher would ya?