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Monday, March 25, 2013

San Mateo County Cemeteries:Italian

Cath Madden Trindle

I love this cemetery.  Elegant tombstones crowd each other throughout.  

The Italian Cemetery was established in 1899 by La Società Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza.  The Società was founded in 1858 to provide medical care and death benefits to its members.  Membership was comprised mainly of Italian immigrants who came to San Francisco during the Gold Rush era.

Burials in the cemetery include more than 8000 reburials from the Italian section of Golden Gate (City) Cemetery.  This is not a mass grave, each reburial was moved by the Società to the new cemetery when the San Francisco cemetery was close.

Today the cemetery is a non-profit, public benefit corporation and burial is open to all nationalities and faiths.   

Family Search has digitized the daily logs and card catalog for the entire cemetery  .Images are available on the website [California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011].  The first three volumes are indexes covering the years 1899-1997.  

Use the index to find entries in the daily logs and card files.  The card file gives information on all the burials in a plot.  Often you can find family members this way. You might also find the burial date, an age the amount paid for the burial, and information on the mortuary. 

Italian Cemetery has also uploaded their entire burial data base to Find-A-Grave.  There are over 46 thousand burials listed.  

You can find directions to the cemetery, which is located at 540 F Street in Colma, on Google MapsBefore visiting the cemetery familiarize yourself with the layout by using the cemetery map that is available on Find A Grave  

Italian Cemetery on You Tube Cemetarian Digs the 'City of Souls' NBC Bay Area 
Italian Cemetery on FindAGrave
Italian Cemetery on Facebook

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