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Cemetery Strolling

I know it may seem a little weird, but one of my favorite pastimes is wandering around old cemeteries. They provide a wonderful park-like atmosphere and are filled with history and art. Finding small old cemeteries can be challenging but years ago the Library of Michigan published a wonderful resource, the Michigan Cemetery Atlas, for locating cemeteries all over the state. The maps are broken down by county, making both large and small cemeteries easily located and identified. Its companion volume, the Michigan Cemetery Source Book, lists tombstone transcriptions that are held at the Library of Michigan for many of these cemeteries.

Unfortunately, cemetery wandering is a seasonal activity so at this time of year I have to be content with virtual strolls. Two sites that provide images of tombstones in Kalamazoo area cemeteries are Kalamazoo County Cemeteries on the Web and the Cemeteries section of KalamazooGenealogy.org. Both sites contain burial/tombstone information for thousands of people and many are accompanied by images of the stones. These sites are wonderful resources for genealogists, as well as taphophiles, and are growing all the time. Links to these and other great sites for genealogists can be found on our Genealogy Topic Guide.


Mt. Home Cemetery
Beth T