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Earlier, people did not use Funeral Homes or regular cemeteries to bury their dead. Often they were simply "laid out" in the parlor, then buried on the family farm.

Funeral Homes in the area can be most helpful in finding your loved ones. 

The GSOC has published a book of records from the McLAughlin Funeral Home, 1927- 1984 and the Museum has some records from Moore's ledgers.  A book and CDs are available listing Whitehurst FH records.
See the "Items for sale" page.

You may wish to look through the records of the Evans Funeral Home in Florala, AL as many of out ancestors from the area were enterred by them. They, too are for sale at the museum.

Tell us about a cemetery you have found.

Efforts are being made to have historical cemeteries in our area marked on the State Historical Register.  The Genealogy Society of Okaloosa County has published 3 books of cemetery surveys in Okaloosa County and various people have surveyed Walton's cemeteries. We are trying to locate and survey all the cemeteries not yet surveyed. We need your help! If you know of a cemetery that has not been surveyed or has been abandoned, please write and tell us about it.

Julia Cadenhead provided info on one in a pasture in Gaskin.

Listings of known cemeteries:
Some of them are online, while others are in published sources. The Museum has Volumes II & III of the GSOC books — Vol I is out of print.

Cemeteries in the GSOC Books: http://www.rootsweb.com/~flokaloo/cem_ok.txt
This also contains all the cemeteries for Walton that I have found in various lists.

Photos of area graves may be found at Find-A-Grave.com

On Eglin AFB:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~flokaloo/eglincem.htm

Walton County ones to be found online at:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~flwalton/page2.html

Direct link to a Walton County map with cemeteries listed:
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Bluffs/3010/walt-map.htm

When visiting a graveyard, please take care. Do not clean stones with anything except water, unless you have checked with a professional. Stones will deteriorate when exposed to the wrong chemicals. Gentle brushing to remove lichens is permitted. More tips for reading and photographing stones:
  • Take a small spray bottle filled with plain water when you visit a cemetery and mist the stone to bring out the lettering.

  • Trace lettering with your fingers.

  • Stand at an angle to the stone; shadows that are formed on the letters bring them out.

  • A sheet of cardboard wrapped in foil will bounce sunlight onto a stone.

  • Use a flashlight.

  • Be sure not to stand facing the sun. If possible try to visit east facing cemeteries in the evening and west facing ones in the morning.

  • On dark stones a bit of sand sprinkled into the letters often helps. Be sure to brush it out when finished.

  • Do not use talcum powder, baking soda, or other chemical products.

  • Take a rubbing: use butchers paper and dark chalk. Be gentle.
You may wish to look at this e-mail explaining some of the symbols on tombstones. Also The Association for Gravestone Studies is an authority on gravestones.
The following is from Nathan Chesser (Cracker100@cfi.net). If you know anything about them, please let me know also.
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There is a Newell Cemetery near the Alabama Line North of Stewart Cem. There are Two in Blackman, One is at the Intersection of Morman Temple Road and Tommy Steele Road on a farm there, the other a little south of that one on the Beck Property. There is a little Sign near Travlers Rest Church and Cemetery that says there is another Cemetery in the Woods there, I don't know if that is correct or not.

The Scipio Cemetery is mentioned in the Steele book as being near the Stewart Cem. I have been trying to locate it. That is where Elizabeth [Danley] Dannelly Steele [my ancestor] is said to be. She is the Wife of Peter H. Steele and the Ancestor of all the S. Ala. and N. Fla. Steeles. Then there is one on the so called Indian Mound, [just a hill] on the Florida line Near the New Ebenezer Church, and a Black Cemetery that was plowed over by tree planting at Nathan Road and Creston Barrow Road.

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