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This index is derived from a database created by the Bay County Genealogical Society during its surveys of 1990-1995 and from earlier readings by others. The database itself contains some additional details from the tombstones that are not included in this index. The database was microfilmed on 18 August 1995 by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as film number 1307694. The film may be borrowed from any of 4000 LDS Family History Centers worldwide, and the Bay County Public Library has two copies in its permanent collection.

If you find your ancestor in this index, we recommend that you also view the FHL microfilm, and if at all possible, visit the cemetery itself to examine the inscription personally. While those who read the inscriptions were experienced and dedicated volunteers, tombstones can be very difficult to read, and some transcription errors are simply unavoidable. Moreover, this alphabetical index does not reveal the order in which the stones were read. People interred near each other are often related, so proximity information may lead to new family discoveries.

Information you find on a tombstone can often lead to additional genealogical records including birth, baptism, marriage, death, and funeral records; obituaries, social security death index, and more.

Researchers need to be aware that Bay County was created in 1913. Prior to that time, deaths, funerals, and burials in the area that is now Bay County may have been recorded in Washington or Calhoun Counties.

Refer to the cemetery key to determine the cemetery name and location.

Abbreviations used in this index

  • ( ) parenthesis = maiden name
  • [ ] brackets = compiler's note, input, or clarification
  • aka = also known as
  • b/o = brother of
  • c/o = child of
  • d/o = daughter of
  • f/o = father of
  • h/o = husband of
  • m. = married
  • md = married
  • m/o = mother of
  • s/o = son of
  • ssw = same stone with
  • w/o = wife of

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