Survey Forms

Cemetery General Survey form (DOC) (For registration with the BHP of historic cemeteries)
Instructions for General Survey form (PDF)

Historic Cemetery plot and marker survey (PDF) (Sample form for recordation of historic cemeteries)
Instructions for Historic Cemetery plot and marker survey (PDF)

Pennsylvania Resources

Friends of Midland

The Laurel Hill Cemetery

Archaeology of the Meeting House Springs Cemetery of Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Allegheny County, PAPAGenWeb Tombstone Photo Project

Westmoreland County, PAPAGenWeb Tombstone Photo Project

Somerset County, PAGenWeb Tombstone Photo Project

National/International Resources

The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) "was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. Through its publications, conferences, workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones. At every opportunity, AGS cooperates with groups that have similar interests."

The Chicora Foundation provides preservation and restoration of graveyards and works directly with marked and unmarked graves.

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC/FAIC) / The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

The Getty Conservation Institute is dedicated to preservation/conservation on larger terms, not just graves.


National Park Service NCPTT - National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

The National Trust of Australia

Save Outdoor Sculpture provides a place to gain information on conservation of outside sculptures

Out-of-State Resources

Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance (ACPA) - A good resource to contact for information and input. The organization has been emailed looking for an example of the survey they mention on this website.

Alabama Historical Commission

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

California Historic Cemetery Alliance (CHCA)

Carolina Cemetery Projects

Connecticut Gravestone Network

Indiana Historical Society

Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project

State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries

The Maine Old Cemetery Association, M.O.C.A ., was founded in 1969 for the main purposes of locating old cemeteries in the state of Maine , encouraging the care and preservation of those cemeteries, and the gathering and preservation of historical information regarding these cemeteries.

Massachusetts Historic Landscaping Preservation Initiative

The Michigan State manual lists other resources: The Association for Gravestones Studies, the National Preservation Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office. The National Trust's publication is Preservation of Historical Burial Grounds

Ohio Cemetery Preservation

Oregon Historic Cemeteries Association

Rhode Island Cemeteries Association

South Carolina Archives & History Center

Tennessee Friends of Old Mount Hermon Cemetery

Texas Historical Commission

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Washington State Cemeteries

West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc.