Forest Lawn Cemetery: How to Build a Loved One’s Memorial Page & Access Burial Records

I attended a free Zoom last night put on by the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. Their website is located at:

Main page for the Forest Lawn Cemetery Website.
Main page for the Forest Lawn Cemetery Website

The program demo’d a searching for a Loved One’s name on their site. If found, they have uploaded Burial Permits, images of the Death Register Books, Lot Register information, and Service Cards. Other details that come back in the search are the date of death and what section, lot, and space the person is buried in. This is very useful information and I wish every cemetery website had those details so easily accessible!

One thing that I had learned before this presentation, is that the Grosvenor Room in the Buffalo Public Library has microfilm of the Death Register Books that are earlier than the ones posted on the cemetery’s website. What’s more is that the ones that the cemetery uploaded may also have redacted information. Thank you to my friend and librarian Rhonda Hoffman for teaching me about those microfilms!

The presenters then showed how to create a memorial on their site. They did a nice job of answering questions and demoing the program and information available. I encourage others that have family buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery to follow them on Facebook to watch out for more upcoming free programs.