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This index was created by Suzanne Shay in 1 October 2008. It replaces earlier surveys by the Bay County Genealogical Society in 1994 and a more recent one (2002?) by Patti Peterson. It corrects several errors and adds many newer interments as well as some that apparently were missed in the earlier surveys. Photographs of all the stones in this cemetery may be found on Find a Grave.

If you find your ancestor in this index, we recommend that, if at all possible, you 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.

Abbreviations used in this index

  • ( ) parenthesis = Maiden Name
  • [ ] brackets = Compilers' Note/Input/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/o = mother of
  • s/o = son of
  • w/o = wife of

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