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 has been completed.
CLICK HERE to view the Interment records hosted by the
Nashville Public Library web site.
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
Veterans from Revolution to World War II Buried at City Cemetery
Penitentiary Inmates Buried at the Cemetery
Civil War Interment Source
The Tennessee State Library and Archives has transcribed the records from W. R. Cornelius, undertaker, recording burials (primarily of Federal Soldiers) during the Civil War from 1864-65.
CLICK HERE to access these records.
Just Passing Through
Some have been buried in the Nashville City Cemetery for a short time, most notably President James K. Polk.
See the lists of those removed
to other cemeteries.
Relocated graves and tombstones to Nashville City
Cemetery. The history of these re-locations has been given
after the Inscription and the viewer is invited to visit
the web site for the 550 cemeteries surveyed in the
Davidson County Cemetery Survey Project (1999-to the