Finding Aid for the Woodlawn Cemetery Collection

This collection contains digital images of death registers, burial registers, and lot sales from the early cemetery sections of Woodlawn Cemetery known as City Cemetery and Saint Mary Cemetery in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
The register of deaths is a chronological list of deaths recorded by the city clerk from June 1897 to August 1911. Information provided on the registers is particularly helpful for genealogists because Missouri did not begin statewide registration of deaths until 1910. The register lists the name of deceased, race, nativity, place of death, age, marital status, sex, cause of death, name of physician, and burial location. Death information is recorded for those that died in Independence and are buried in City Cemetery as well as those that died in Independence and are buried in another location. Deaths of those who died in another city and are buried in City Cemetery are also recorded.
The burial register is a chronological list of those buried in City Cemetery between June 1897 and May 1918. The register records information about the deceased and the location of their burial within the cemetery. The register includes name, age (years, months, and days), race, date of burial, sex, undertaker, lot and block number, and any remarks. Additionally a few other pages of burial registers are included. The miscellaneous pages include two transcribed pages for records from 1897 and 1898, two pages from 1898, and an index (the letter D only) from 1899 to 1908.
Records included with the lot sales include various types of documents showing sale and ownership of the plots from 1865 to 1951. Although various records detail sale and payments on lots, it is not a complete list for that period. In 1900, the city compiled an alphabetical listing of lot sales using the information from the old book. At another time, a typed list of lots by deed number was also created. Many miscellaneous records provide additional information about lot ownership in the cemetery. Order of Publications from 1865 and 1866 provides estate information, correspondence during the 1930s attempts to clarify ownership of lots, and a list of lots under perpetual maintenance gives names and lot numbers.

Files

Reference

Jolene Clark, Archivist, Midwest Genealogy Center, Finding Aid for the Woodlawn Cemetery Collection, Midwest Genealogy Center, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri, 2020

Cite As

Jolene Clark, Archivist, Midwest Genealogy Center, “Finding Aid for the Woodlawn Cemetery Collection,” Genealogy Gallery, accessed August 7, 2020, https://content.mymcpl.org/items/show/15137.

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Title

Finding Aid for the Woodlawn Cemetery Collection

Subject

Genealogy
Family history

Description

This collection contains digital images of death registers, burial registers, and lot sales from the early cemetery sections of Woodlawn Cemetery known as City Cemetery and Saint Mary Cemetery in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
The register of deaths is a chronological list of deaths recorded by the city clerk from June 1897 to August 1911. Information provided on the registers is particularly helpful for genealogists because Missouri did not begin statewide registration of deaths until 1910. The register lists the name of deceased, race, nativity, place of death, age, marital status, sex, cause of death, name of physician, and burial location. Death information is recorded for those that died in Independence and are buried in City Cemetery as well as those that died in Independence and are buried in another location. Deaths of those who died in another city and are buried in City Cemetery are also recorded.
The burial register is a chronological list of those buried in City Cemetery between June 1897 and May 1918. The register records information about the deceased and the location of their burial within the cemetery. The register includes name, age (years, months, and days), race, date of burial, sex, undertaker, lot and block number, and any remarks. Additionally a few other pages of burial registers are included. The miscellaneous pages include two transcribed pages for records from 1897 and 1898, two pages from 1898, and an index (the letter D only) from 1899 to 1908.
Records included with the lot sales include various types of documents showing sale and ownership of the plots from 1865 to 1951. Although various records detail sale and payments on lots, it is not a complete list for that period. In 1900, the city compiled an alphabetical listing of lot sales using the information from the old book. At another time, a typed list of lots by deed number was also created. Many miscellaneous records provide additional information about lot ownership in the cemetery. Order of Publications from 1865 and 1866 provides estate information, correspondence during the 1930s attempts to clarify ownership of lots, and a list of lots under perpetual maintenance gives names and lot numbers.

Creator

Jolene Clark, Archivist, Midwest Genealogy Center

Publisher

Midwest Genealogy Center, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri

Date

2020

Format

Portable Document File Format; 551 KB; 3 pages.

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

woodlawn cemetery collection.pdf