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Searching our Website


There are two ways to search this site:

1) Search through our databases.

    This website contains over 7,000 historic gravestone inscriptions that were recorded and compiled during multiple surveys made by several different groups. The earliest records are published in W.W. Munsell's History of Suffolk County (1882). The latest survey of town-owned cemeteries was conducted in 2006-7 by the University of Pennsylvania. Additional gravestone information is being continually added. 

   You can Search Databases by:   

a) Name - Unless the person's full name is known, start your search with a few characters of that name. For example, typing "sam" in the name box will return all matches that include "sam" within it... Samuel would be one. The search of name will locate matches if they exist as first or last name. Capitalization is not required. If you use the person's full name, enter the last name first followed by a comma, space and then the first name. 

b) Date of death - Searches can be made by exact date or before or after a date. Choosing the "Date Unknown" option will return matches without full or valid dates. 

c) Inscription on a gravestone - Try typing in the words "at sea." The returns will show those gravestones inscribed with "lost at sea."

d) Gravesite locator number - Locator numbers were assigned by the University of Pennsylvania during their 2006-7 survey. Only the ten town-owned cemeteries were surveyed by UPenn. For each of these cemeteries, four condition or age maps were produced. They can be found in the "Cemetery" section of this site. Each gravestone is marked on these maps with only a locator number; you can find the full information about the gravestone by using it's locator number in this search option. 

Note: Click any of the gravestones recorded by the UPenn survey; they are linked to the complete survey report for that grave. The DAR records (both survey years) are not linked. Any record from the New Survey database is linked to its survey. Linked records almost always have images associated with them.

2) Search the text of this website

This feature looks through the entire website for matches to the search query and is particularly useful for searching historical documents on this site. It returns the location within this website of the query and highlights that match within the specific page on which it is found. Hint: Once you are looking at text, use Crtl F or Command F (for Apple) to fine tune your search.