MOCA volunteers have gathered burial information, directions, and other data on over 7,200 cemeteries. While work continues on gathering transcriptions, additional burial locations are discovered. Access to this valued resource begins with the convenient Cemetery Lookups database.
In our Inside the Gates series, we share histories, stories, and little-known facts about a small handful of these. So much more is yet to be discovered, and so the work of MOCA volunteers is expected to continue indefinitely.
The ever-popular Find a Grave website holds partial records for most of these distributed throughout the sixteen Maine counties. Find a Grave data is compiled by thousands of volunteers of varying abilities. As such, MOCA cautions researchers to verify dates, biographies, family links, and other information found on the site with primary documentation or other verifiable sources. Even better? If you find an error, use the Find a Grave "edit" tab on the memorial page to submit a correction/suggestion to the volunteer who maintains the memorial. S/he will review your suggestion and update the memorial accordingly, generally within a 30-day period.
Maine counties (cemetery counts are approximate):
|Androscoggin (265)||Oxford (573)|
|Aroostook (319)||Penobscot (391)|
|Cumberland (572)||Piscataquis (128)|
|Franklin (216)||Sagadahoc (324)|
|Hancock (691)||Somerset (301)|
|Kennebec (367)||Waldo (291)|
|Knox (271)||Washington (537)|
|Lincoln (472)||York (1,820)|
During the Great Depression, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) put millions of Americans to work on public works projects that ranged from building trails in National Parks to creating over 500 surveys of Maine cemeteries. These cemetery plans, transferred from the Office of the Adjutant General and now part of the holdings of the Maine State Archives, help us to identify war veterans final resting places.
The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. Through its publications, conferences, workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones. At every opportunity, AGS cooperates with groups that have similar interests.
Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
White bronze monuments, statuary, portrait medallions, busts, statues, and ornamental art work : for cemeteries, public and private grounds and buildings. Published in 1882.
Maine Cemetery records are listed by county then by name of cemetery within each county. Most - but not all - of these are complete indices of gravestones at the time of transcription. Partial transcriptions, however, have also been included.