The project of compiling a listing of every known burial site
in New Hampshire was begun over two decades ago by one of NHOGA's co-founders,
the late Philip Wilcox of Durham, NH. Carleton Vance of Manchester, N.H. assumed
the task after Mr. Wilcox. In 1985, Louise Tallman of Rye, NH took over the
project and began the process of entering the data into a computer database.
Recently, Trina Purcell has begun the process of assuming responsibility for these records,
and Louise Tallman has been designated our Records Custodian Emeritus.
Site information was collected town-by-town, provided by knowledgeable local
individuals with an interest in their city or town's burial sites. The present
database contains only the location and other basic information on the
cemeteries and graveyards. NHOGA is in the process of designing a new database so
that we can add the names
and dates of the persons buried in each site.
How to Read the Listings
The listing are organized by town. They consist of several fields. The first
field is NHOGA's internal database code. This code is made up of a three
character prefix identifying the town, followed by a dash which is in turn
followed by a code for the graveyard. The town prefix is a letter plus a
two-digit numbers: the letter is the initial letter of the name of the town; the
number places the town in alphabetical order. Thus Acworth is A01, Albany is
A02, Alexandria is A03, Barnstead is B01, Barrington is B02 and Lee is L06. The
graveyard code depends on the town. In some towns the local authorities have
assigned codes to their graveyards. In those cases we use their codes.
Barrington is one example; they have assign code 1D5 to the Cater graveyard on
Green Hill Rd. In other towns there are no official codes, so either the person
making the listing, or the NHOGA Archivist has assigned a number to each
graveyard. Lee seems to be an example of this method. The only purpose of these
codes is to give a unique identification to each graveyard; they have no other
The site code is followed by the name of the site, the
location (street address or other location information), the name of the USGS
map on which the site can be found, the map coordinates, any additional
comments on the site and the name of the source from whom NHOGA obtained the
information. If an individual is listed as the source, it is usually the person
who collected the data. Frequently these are NHOGA members, in
other cases they are local historians or cemetery trustees. We regret that we
cannot provided more detailed contact information on these individuals due to
privacy concerns. In a few cases, the individuals listed are now
Two indexes are provided: an index by town and a
state-wide alphabetical index of all sites. The database code appears as part of
the state-wide index. Index entries which have no code are cross-reference
entries for sites that are known by more than one name.
How to Use the Listings to Locate Sites
Each burial site is keyed to one of the topographical maps produced by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). These maps may
be ordered directly from the USGS, or may be purchased at numerous commercial dealers.
See the list of maps
used in plotting these sites for the USGS order number.
listing contains the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates of its
location given in 10 meter units. These coordinates, also known as "eastings"
and "northings", are the primary coordinate system of the USGS maps. Be sure to
get recent editions of the maps. Older editions indicated UTM coordinates only
with edge ticks. Later editions are more likely to display a full coordinate
grid which is much easier to use. USGS has further background information on the
Grid. The National Park Service also provides instructions on How to Read the UTM Grid. We
also show the coordinates in latitude and longitude for the convenience of those
who have computer software that cannot accept coordinates in the UTM format. To
locate a graveyard, simply plot the coordinates on the map and follow the map to
the indicated spot.
However, be aware that the accuracy of the location coordinates varies widely from town to town and site to site. When a cemetery map symbol for the site exists on the USGS map, the coordinates are usually quite precise. If no symbol is shown by the USGS, NHOGA has plotted the location from the information given us by the person or organization that did the survey. While every effort has been made to obtain accurate information, nearly all the town surveys were made prior to the widespread availability of affordable GPS receivers, and it can be difficult to obtain precise locations for sites far from roads and other topographical landmarks. In some cases the locations were transcribed from maps that are less detailed that the USGS maps and were intended to show only approximate locations. The process of transcribing these numbers is also subject to the inevitable typographic error. In general, you should not rely on a location that has not been plotted by the USGS. Whenever possible, consult with local historical societies or other authorities to determine if more current position information is available.
Do not expect to necessarily find the symbol
for a cemetery at the coordinates indicated. Only about half of the sites in the
database are shown as topographic features on the USGS maps. In towns with many
sites, this percentage is much lower. One of the goals of NHOGA's mapping
project was to locate the numerous small sites that do not appear on any
The UTM coordinate system divides the globe into sixty zones.
The majority of the State of New Hampshire falls within zone 19, except for the
southwest portion of the state, which is in zone 18. The listings display the UTM
zone for each location. The USGS maps are drawn so that they do not overlap
UTM zone boundaries. Thus the UTM coordinates on any given map are for a single
zone. Note however, that a town or city may extend across two zones. It is
possible for two graveyards, located close together in a single town, to have
very different coordinates. Reference to the maps should clear up any
Beginning with the July 2001 edition of these listings, they are map-enabled
via links to
on the TopoZone icon next to each site to display the USGS map for that location. You may print
a copy of the map with the site marked. Be aware that the USGS maps are finely detailed and may be
slow to load over a dial-up connection.
Using the Listings with a GPS Receiver
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a system of navigational satellites
maintained by the U.S. Government. Relatively inexpensive GPS receivers are now
available, permitting anyone to accurately find their location nearly anywhere
in the world. You do not need a GPS unit to use these listings, however, if you
have one available, it provides a valuable assistance in using the maps. In
general, a stand-alone, hand-held unit, designed for outdoor use such as hiking
or fishing, will work better for this purpose than an in-car unit or one
designed to be attached to a computer. Nearly all such units feature a display
showing UTM coordinates. The important thing to remember when using a GPS unit
with the USGS maps, is to be sure that the map datum setting of the unit matches
the map you are using. Most USGS maps use the 1927 North American Datum (NAD
27), but are slowly being converted to NAD 83. The map legend will identify the
Respect Private Property Rights
Many of the sites listed here are on private property. If no public
right-of-way exists into the site, you must obtain the property owner's
permission to cross his or her land. To do otherwise is trespassing. The vast
majority of individuals will be very cooperative when approached courteously.
They may have specific knowledge of the site that is not available elsewhere.
Who knows, you may even meet a distant cousin. But above all, respect their
rights. New Hampshire law, specifically RSA 289:14, titled Right of Way to
Private Burial Ground, details the legal procedures for obtaining entry to
such sites. These procedures are cumbersome and time-consuming. Usually,
courtesy and common sense will serve you far better.
Additions and Corrections
While every effort has been made to make this listing as
accurate as possible, errors are inevitable. Also, many of the smaller sites are
known by more than one name. If you find that an entry is incorrect, if you
discover a burial site not listed here, or if you know of another name by which
one of these sites is known, please email full details to: Trina A.
This listing contains over 5,000 sites. However, we are missing data for a few
towns. If you would like to volunteer your time to collect information on any of
the following towns, please contact Louise Tallman at the address shown above.
We need information on Allenstown, Antrim, Bartlett, Danbury, Groton, Henniker
and Sandwich. Volunteers have been recruited to prepare the list for Sanbornton,
and we await the results. The list for Milton is complete as to names of sites
but better locations are needed. Canaan listings were added to the July, 2001 edition.