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.
CLICK HERE to view the Interment Book records hosted by Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.
Some instructions that may be of use:
To Find a Name: Go to the search feature in the upper right of the screen (magnifying glass-find in this dataset) Click on space and type in name, either First and Last or just Last name. Hit the enter key to search.
When you find the entries containing that name, note the first name of the record you want and then use the following link: http://thenashvillecitycemetery.org/filter_instructions.pdf to narrow the search further.
The dataset and search features have been customized for the Interment Books by
Houston Runion, CBCP,
Division Manager – Web Based Services, Nashville Government, who has also prepared these instructions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or problems you might have about this new format.
The new site uses custom filters to search for entries, rather than just a simple search box, as you may have encountered with the previous version. You can use the Filter by clicking the blue Filter graphic at the top right of the page, as you will note in the PDF referenced above. A person can set up a seemingly unlimited number of filter layers, all based on the different fields in the table. An example might be to show all Black Women Over 50 who died in 1870, or all people less than 2 years old who died from teething. The Interment Book Records become REALLY useful in terms of how it can be looked at now.
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 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