Tips to find out where she is buried??

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I tried calling around to some cemeteries in the area at one point but had no luck.. any other ideas??
WikiTree profile: Carrie Bartholomew
in Genealogy Help by Lindsay Tyrie G2G6 Mach 1 (18.1k points)

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Hi Lindsay Coleman,

Sounds like this has been quite a journey! Good for you. 

You asked for tips to identify where she is buried. Some tips and a pretty good clue follow.

(1) Death Certificate

Using the death reporting on her profile (thank you;  seems from Ancestry's "North Carolina, Death Collection, 1908-2007"), I checked for available records at FamilySearch. Family History Library Catalog reports they have filmed the North Carolina death certfiticates for this period. Carrie's record has been indexed; reference below suggests her death certificate can be pulled from FHL film 1991943 ("Death certificates no. 7000-9999 v. 07A-09B 1992").

"North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2014), Carrie Estelle Bartholomew, 07 Feb 1992; citing Clyde, Haywood, North Carolina, v 07B cn 7706, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1991943.

FamilySearch's indexed entry reports she was a resident of "Canton, Haywood, N.C." at the time of her death; that she died (event place) at "Clyde, Haywood, North Carolina" and was buried, "Waynesville, N.C." at "Greenhill Cemeter[y]."

(2) Obituaries - Obituaries often contain notice of a funeral and/or gravesite. Obituaries often provide other helpful information.

(3) Church Records. Services were sometimes held at the church or gravesite. The records of these events may provide helpful information. 

(4) Cemetery Records. These records ususally specify the location of the burial or memorial, but sometimes contain substantially more information. Note that, especially for women, the name on the death record may not be the same as the name on the burial/memorial plot or gravestone. 

(5) Research about other, close family members. Family members are often buried with or near other family members.

Hope this thelps.--GeneJ 

by GeneJ X G2G6 Mach 5 (50.3k points)
edited by GeneJ X
Thank you so much!!


I work wonders for newbies with my skills... and then I need people to get me through harder stuff... so it goes!


Thanks SO MUCH!!!!
I was able to confirm that she is at Greenhill. Thanks so much!!
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Do you know where any of her relatives are buried? Is it possible that she is buried in a plot belonging to someone else in her family? Have you tried searching for her by her maiden name?

If nobody made arrangements ahead of time, she may have been buried in whatever cemetery was closest to the hospital she died in.

She may not have been buried at all, but cremated, and whoever filed with the department of health made an error. Have you tried calling funeral homes and crematoriums in the area?

According to this link, in North Carolina, if you have a permit, you can bury the deceased outside cemeteries. Maybe call the zoning office in the cities where she lived and died to ask about this?

by Erin Breen G2G6 Pilot (225k points)
Lindsay,  I spent the day in Quebec tromping around properties known to have been in a family, looking for graves.  I also visited every church with a cemetery in a close distance to the property.  I stopped in local (very rural) businesses and asked if anyone knew about the cemeteries in the area.

After all this I did not find the graves I was looking for, but I did get a few good leads as to where they may be.  Can't wait for more information so I can go cemetery hunting again, in the same area!

Sometimes it takes boots on the ground with a phone in one hand and a notebook in the other.  Good luck in your search.

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Hi Lindsay,

The Vital Records for North Carolina can be researched online, for more information see the followin site

It's the official site for North Carolina records.

All the best

by Billy Wallace G2G6 Pilot (212k points)

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