Since CRA is committed to education and outreach, we are pleased to make our Cemetery Database available to the public. Currently, the database can be queried by state, county, and the last name of buried individuals. For example, you could query the database for all people with the last name “Smith” in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Based on your selection criteria, our database will then show all cemeteries and graves in the Cemetery Database.
Note that our database consists of only cemeteries recorded by CRA, most of which are in Kentucky and West Virginia. If you cannot find a Kentucky cemetery in our database, you may want to try the Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Database.
Frequently Asked Questions About the CRA Cemetery Database
Why does CRA collect cemetery information?
As a consultant, CRA collects and studies cemetery information on behalf of our clients (which include private companies and government agencies) to advise them if significant historic resources will be impacted by their project (such as construction of a new road). CRA evaluates the cemetery to determine if it is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. If you would like to learn more about the National Register, visit their homepage.
How does CRA collect cemetery data and what does it collect?
When CRA locates a cemetery in a project area, we photograph it and record its location with a global positioning system (GPS). We then draft a large scale map of the cemetery showing head stones, foot stones, fence lines, roads, and any other relevant topographic and cultural information. We assign each grave marker a unique identification number that can be related to our map. The inscription and marker material type (such as granite, marble, or limestone) is recorded for each grave marker. Grave markers over 50 years are photographed and sketched.
Are there any plans to expand the Cemetery Database?
CRA will periodically update the database as we record more cemeteries. In the future, CRA may add the ability to query the database based on birth and death years and cemetery name. We also may add wildcard search (using * or ?) capabilities if you are unsure of how to spell a last name. This would be useful for last names that have changed in spelling over time (such as ‘Inabnit’ and ‘Inabnitt’). If you have any suggestions regarding our database, please contact the webmaster.