Davidson County Cemetery Survey

In the fall of 1999, a comprehensive survey of Davidson County cemeteries was launched.

This survey, being conducted by volunteers, is locating and recording the tombstones in family and church graveyards throughout the county.

The Davidson County Cemetery Survey was originally initiated with 12 Colonial Dames. Since then, over 375 community volunteers have been involved in visiting cemeteries and recording tombstone inscriptions.

Another 250 volunteers have provided local history, family history, cemetery directions and archaeological assistance. Fletch Coke and Bertie Shriver have served as the Volunteer Coordinators for the project. Ken Fieth, Director of Metropolitan Government Archives, set up a database for the cemetery findings. Nashville Town Committee of Colonial Dames (NSCDA-TN) contributed funds to engage data entry personnel to enter the tombstone inscriptions and cemetery information on the database. The project is ongoing.

Access the Davidson County Cemetery Survey data online.


A Community Volunteer Project

In November of 1999, twelve Colonial Dames volunteers launched the Davidson County Cemetery Survey Project.

Since that date 375 community volunteers have been involved in visiting cemeteries, photographing tombstones and recording inscriptions. Another 250 volunteers have provided local history, family data, cemetery directions or archaeological assistance.

To date, 605 cemeteries are listed in the Survey project. Categories of cemeteries include family graveyards, benevolent society burial grounds and churchyards. Some cemeteries have been "Lost" or "Destroyed" or "Removed" from their original locations

Copies of the inscriptions, sketches of graveyard layouts and directions to surveyed cemeteries have been placed in the Metro Archives collection. For those cemeteries, characterized as "Lost", "Destroyed" or "Removed", research reports including the names of those once buried in the Metro Planning Commission, have been pinpointed on county survey maps and thus are better protected from encroachment.

Many cemeteries are located on private property. To protect privacy, the exact locations of cemeteries are not given on the web site. If you are a descendant and wish to visit your family cemetery, please contact Metro Archives for directions.

Report a Cemetery

Every year, "new" cemeteries are reported to the Cemetery Survey project. These cemeteries are reported by descendants, neighbors or survey volunteers. If you have information about a "new" cemetery or additional names of persons buried in the family graveyards, please contact Metro Archives with your name, contact information, and location of the cemetery in order to report the cemetery to us.

Caring for Davidson County's Cemeteries

For information and tips on basic cemetery care, please see the Metro Historical Commission's Caring for Davidson County's Cemeteries Brochure.