Burial (Interment) Information
Interment Records 1846 – 1979
The original Interment Records are the property of
Metropolitan Governmental Archives, Nashville. The
earliest records of burials, between 1822–1846, were lost
during the Civil War years. A project to transcribe all
the data in the Interment Records (1846-1979) of the
20,000 people buried in the cemetery was completed. Read the instructions below and then CLICK HERE to view the Interment Book records hosted by Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.
To Find a Name: Go to the Filter selection box that opens to the right of the database and click on space and type in name, either First and Last or just Last name. Hit the enter key to search. If you don't want the filter:
Click-off White X in the Filter Screen to view across the entire Interment entry.
Or use the Filter for more detailed research. You can use this PDF file for instructions on using the filter: Filter Instructions to narrow the search further.
You should be aware that there are only 4000 existing tombstones out of the 20,000 burials in City Cemetery,so your search might indicate the burial information
without any way to locate the gravesite itself.
Later Burials – 1980 to the Present
A database of those buried after the 1979 ending date of the Interment Books can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
Cemetery Lot Cards
The original lot cards are now available in the digital data developed by the Nashville Public Library. These were developed long after the actual burials in many case, and the accuracy is not guaranteed. However, this is another excellent resource in the attempts to locate all possible interments. CLICK HERE to access an alphabetic listing of these cards – the database can be reindexed, if you wish, to be in other configurations.
Alphabetical and Chronological Listings From Interment Books
If you only have an approximation of the name or of
the date of interment, you can access the complete
listing of these books indexed by date and by name. CLICK HERE for chronological date index, and CLICK HERE for index by last name.
Please visit our explanation page on
on definitions, diseases, and other historical
connections,, including a glossary of terms and
mortuary history on the Glossary and Information page to
help you understand your findings on the following
Mayors of Nashville Interred in the City Cemetery
Occupations for Individuals Buried at City Cemetery - A Sampling
African-Americans Interred in
Nashville City Cemetery
No. 8 - Masons interred at City Cemetery
Penitentiary Inmates Buried at the Cemetery
Civil War Interment Sources
A researcher combing files in the National Archives discovered these long-lost Tennessee records, and the TSLA contracted with the National Archives to create a copy on microfilm. The next step was a transcription and database project for the "burial sheets." TSLAFriends offered to seek funds. The first donation came from Nashville City Cemetery Association and later other individual donors to underwrite the project.
Text of presentation given by Fletch Coke at
Fort Negley – December 12, 2015
TOPIC – Federal and Confederate Soldiers Buried in City Cemetary
CLICK HERE to read about the launch of this intensive TSLA database. Federal Civil War Burial Sheet Project - Link to another TSLA database – 16000+ transcribed from Nashville National Cemetery.
CLICK HERE for GPS map of all military veterans interred at City Cemetery
Developed by Ron Clendening
Veterans from Revolution to Post World War II Buried at City Cemetery
Just Passing Through
Some have been buried in the Nashville City Cemetery for a short time, most notably President James K. Polk.
Read about removals from City Cemetery and relocations to City Cemetery.
Mount Olivet to City Cemetery
From City Cemetery to other cemeteries
From City Cemetery to Mt. Olivet
Another listing of removals to Mount Olivet by last name and by date removed