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Saturday, September 21, 2013

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Skylawn Memorial Park

Located at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the junction of Skyline and Highway 92, Skylawn Memorial Park is just a little different from the normal cemetery,  in that it now has a mortuary on the grounds as well.  The goal is to make things as simple as possible for the family.

Cemetery Website  Map of grounds  Resources

Find A Grave has less than 2500 burials listed, with about 37% of those having photographs. I would guess there are thousands more that are not listed.  Contact the cemetery to have them check their listings.

The staff seemed very helpful.  They gave us an escort to the grave site we were looking for, something we really appreciated.  Even with a map, the memorial park is huge and it would be easy to get lost.  One of the unique features was the scattering garden. Overlooking the mountains and our favorite Christmas tree farm, it is legal to scatter ashes from this point.  The area where the ashes fall is inaccessible to the public.  Those whose remains have been scattered are memorialized on tiles throughout the area.

Besides the Scattering gardern there are a number of columbariums, many unique in design.  There are also "gardens" designated for certain purposes such as Bai Ling YuanGan Hazikaron-Garden of Rememberance Jewish Cemetery, Jardines Del Recuerdo Hispanic CemeteryNorthern California Korean Cemetery, Santo Nino Filipino-American Cemetery and numerous veterans areas.  

There is a small list of burials available on California Genealogy and History Archives these might duplicate those on Find-A-Grave.  With the number of burials in this park, it seems it would benefit by a "project" to add memorials to FindAGrave, or BillionGraves.

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Highway 92 and Skyline (650) 349-4411

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