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The database is limited to information transcribed from grave markers at cemeteries and/or obtained from burial records from cemetery offices. The data includes surname, given name, birth date, birthplace, death date, death place, age, inscription (including symbols), notes, and sometimes the location of the grave marker.[5] The coverage of data addresses the problem for scholars and genealogists who cite the way cemetery records tend to be incomplete while some transcripts are inaccurate.[6]

Many of the cemeteries transcribed on the site no longer exist, making the site one of the few sources for those inscriptions.[1][third-party source needed] Online cemetery databases with similar features include and


The site started in March 1997 as a personal web page called Cemetery Interment Lists on the Internet and was simply a list of links to websites with cemetery records. In 1998, the site started accepting cemetery transcriptions directly; to stop the personal website from being overwhelmed, the page author registered the domain name "" in December 1998 and moved to a separate web hosting service. By June 1999, the focus of the site had changed to hosting cemetery transcriptions, and the title was changed to Cemetery Records on the Internet, then later, Cemetery Records Online.[2]

The site has had at least seven-page layouts since 1997. It has been supported by advertising revenue since July 1999, and in 2005, the personal site owner incorporated Clear Digital Media, Inc. to control the site.[2] The company has since expanded, starting several other websites and weblogs.[7] is a volunteer website and is staffed by contributors and volunteers who go to cemeteries to take photographs for its digital repository and for transcription. Volunteers for these websites describe their labor as a "genealogical kindness," of particular service to those researching their ancestry.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "About". Clear Digital Media, Inc. November 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. ^ a b c "History of Cemetery Records Online". Clear Digital Media, Inc. March 1, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  3. ^ Porter, Pamela; Crow, Amy (2003). Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family's History and Heritage With the Power of the Internet. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. p. 100. ISBN 1401600212.
  4. ^ a b "Volunteers head for cemeteries to put millions of gravestones online". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  5. ^ "Publish Your Cemetery Records". Clear Digital Media, Inc. October 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  6. ^ "Irish Roots: Digging up burial records". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  7. ^ "Clear Digital Media, Inc". Clear Digital Media, Inc. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2008-11-03.

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