Types of Cemeteries -by Rachel
Church graveyard. The facts:
- These were the first public cemeteries
- In Europe the elite were sometimes buried under the church’s
- There were 570 vaults found under New York City churches.
Family burial plots. The facts:
- Families sometimes had their neighbors and relatives buried in
- Family burial plots were most common on southern plantations.
- One genealogist’s family plot was located at the end of a major
Country cemeteries. The facts:
- When possible, these cemeteries were set on top of hills so as to
keep it from floods.
- They often contain homemade or mail order markers.
- Rarely will you find large monuments in a country cemetery.
Garden cemeteries. The facts:
- As Americans grave outlook on death changed, garden cemeteries
- The first garden cemetery was called Mount Auburn Cemetery, and
created in 1831.
- The cemeteries look like parks with trees, flowers and benches.
Urban cemeteries .The facts:
- These cemeteries look like stone yards with many rows of
straight paths and little foliage.
- They are often large.
- Urban cemeteries are often public cemeteries.
Veteran’s cemetery. The facts:
- These are for the honorably discharged and their families.
- There are 119 national veterans cemeteries.
- Arlington National Cemetery is the best known.
Memorial park or lawn park cemetery. The facts:
- These are flat grassy lawns with barely any evidence that people
- There are no grave mounds and the gravestones are flat to the
- The first of these cemeteries was built in 1917 in southern
California it is today called Forest Lawn.
Potter’s field. The facts:
- This is where counties or cities bury their poor, their unwanted,
also their criminals, suicides, and illegitimate babies.
- Sometimes there will be mass graves.
- Individual graves will either have no marker, or a temporary one
provided by the funeral home or cemetery.
Pet cemeteries. The facts:
- People cannot be buried with their pets in pet cemeteries, but
cremains can be.
- Hartsdale pet cemetery boasts being America’s first prestigious
- This is the final resting place of nearly seventy thousand pets!
I obtained my information from: "Your Guide to Cemetery
written by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.