Pauper Burials

We all may sometimes wish that our ancestors were oil barons or mining magnates, but it’s more likely that we had one or more ancestors who died in considerably lesser circumstances. These poor souls were generally buried at city or county expense.

You can search for such burials in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) in the following record collection:

U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current

While you can certainly search for specific individuals, you can also do a general search for pauper burials:

SEARCH—CEMETERY pauper (Exact) 5,163 hits

A thorough search will also require that you perform this search:

SEARCH—CEMETERY poorhouse (Exact) 1,498 hits

And don’t forget:

SEARCH—CEMETERY almshouse (Exact) 15,128 hits

Search results generally include:

    Death Date
    Burial/Cremation Place
    Has Bio? Y or N (on Find a Grave page)
    Link (to Find a Grave page)

Search results occasionally include:

    Birth Date
    Birth Place
    Death Place

You can also search for pauper burials in a particular state or county:

SEARCH—DEATH--LOCATION Georgia, USA (Exact) CEMETERY pauper (Exact) 167 hits

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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