San Francisco Genealogy
Cemetery Information
for the Counties of
San Francisco and San Mateo
photo from Italian Cemtery, Colma, California
Italian Cemetery, Colma | photograph by Ron Filion, 2004

San Francisco Cemeteries

There were once quite a number of cemeteries inside San Francisco's city limits.  Since the entire San Francisco City and County consists of only forty-nine square miles, land began to become more and more scarce as the population grew in the early 1900s.  About that time, work began to move most of these cemeteries to locations south along the peninsula, primarily to Colma. By about 1940, all but two cemeteries (Mission Dolores and Presidio) and one crematorium (Columbarium) had been moved outside of San Francisco.

Here are some great web pages about their history:

For information on records and where you can find them:
CEMETERIES
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SAN FRANCISCO (current)
Grace Cathedral Columbarium
Mission Dolores
San Francisco Columbarium
San Francisco National Cemetery (Presidio)


SAN FRANCISCO (historic)
Beth Olam, Bush Street, Caledonian, Calvary, Chinese, City, First Street, French Benevolent, German Benevolent, Golden Gate, Giboth Olam, Golden Gate, Grand Army of the Republic, Greco Russian, Greek, Green Oak, Home of Peace-New, Home of Peace-Old, Hills of Eternity, Indian, Italian Protestant, Japanese, Knight's of Pythias, Laurel Hill, Lone Mountain, Master Mariners, Masonic, Masons, Colored, Navai Shalome, Nebraska Street, North Beach, Odd Fellow's, Old Friends, Peaceful Abode, Potter's Field, Powell Street, Red Men, Russian Hill, Sailor's, Salem, Sansome Street, Scandinavian, Slavonic-Illyric, St. Andrew's, St. Michael's, Telegraph Hill, Yerba Buena, Yerba Buena Island

SAN MATEO COUNTY
Bai Ling Yuan
Belmont Cemetery
Chinese Cemetery
Chinese Christian Cemetery
County Poorhouse & Farm
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Dennis Martin Cemetery
Eternal Home Cemetery
Gan Hazikaron-Garden of Rememberance
Golden Gate National-U.S. Government Cemetery
Golden Hills Chinese Cemetery
Golden Hills Memorial Park
Greek Orthodox Memorial Park
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Harrington Cemetery
Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Menlo Park
Home of Peace Cemetery & Emanu-El Mausoleum
Hoy Sun Memorial Chinese Cemetery
Hoy Sun Ning Yung Cemetery
Independent Order of Oddfellows (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery
Italian Cemetery
Japanese Benevolent Society-Jikeikai
Jardines Del Recuerdo Hispanic Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Ning Yung Cemetery
Northern California Korean Cemetery
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Old Half Moon Bay
Old Sailor & Seaman's Cemetery
Olivet Memorial Park
Orange Cemetery
Orthodox Memorial Park
Our Lady of Pillar
Pilarcitos (Catholic) Cemetery
Presidio Cemetery
Purissima Cemetery
Redwood City Cemetery
Russian Sectarian Cemetery
Saint Anthony’s Cemetery
Saint Denis Cemetery
Saint John's Cemetery
Salem Memorial Park & Garden Mausoleum
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Mateo Memorial Park
Santo Nino Filipino-American Cemetery
Sunset View Cemetery
Tung Sen Cemetery
Union Cemetery
West Union Cemetery
Woodlawn Memorial Park
 
NAME
NOTES
Bai Ling Yuan (see Skylawn Memorial Park)
Belmont City Cemetery
(see Harrington Cemetery)
Chinese Cemetery
(aka Chinese Six Companies)
4650 Callan Blvd.
Daly City, CA  94015
650.992.4581

Latitude: 37.4004, Longitude: -122.2819

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Chinese Christian Cemetery
between Serramonte Blvd. and Hickey Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94015
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County Poorhouse & Farm
Belmont, CA 94002
San Mateo County Poorhouse & Farm includes maps, photographs, history, and interment list.
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
1370 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.0580

Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 397
Colma, CA  94014

Latitude: 37.4014, Longitude: -122.2723

cypresslawn.com
cypresslawnheritagefoundation.com

Established 1892.

Received 35,000 interments from Laurel Hill, San Francisco. TOC

Online database (107,386 Burials)

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Mausoleum photographs.

Dennis Martin Cemetery "located in the hills behind Stanford University, near Searsville Lake, probably in San Mateo County"

Family History Library: The Dennis Martin Cemetery

Eternal Home Cemetery
1051 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.5235

Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 15579
San Francisco, CA  94115

Latitude: 37.6799, Longitude: -122.4616

Established 1901.

Online Database of partial tombstone transcriptions by Dayna Chalif.

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Interment.com partial list of burials.

Gan Hazikaron-Garden of Rememberance Jewish Cemetery
Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd.
San Mateo, CA
650.341.7701
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Website

Golden Gate National-United States Government Cemetery
1300 Sneath Lane
San Bruno, CA 94066
650.761.1646

Latitude: 37.6325, Longitude: -122.4333

Nationwide Gravesite Locator by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Alphabetical List by CA Tombstone Transcription Project (12 June 2006)

Alphabetical List by Interment.net (02 July 2000)

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Golden Hills Chinese Cemetery
(see Golden Hills Memorial Park)
Golden Hills Memorial Park
(aka Golden Hills Chinese Cemetery)
2099 Hillside Blvd.
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.1133

Latitude: 37.6765, Longitude: -122.4454

Established 1994.

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Grace Cathedral Columbarium
1100 California Street
San Francisco, California 94108
Established 1985.

gracecathedral.org

Find-a-grave lists 583 interments as of July 2008.

Greek Orthodox Memorial Park
1148 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.6939

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 333
Colma, CA 94014

Latitude: 37.6785, Longitude: -122.4606

Established 1935.

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Greenlawn Memorial Park
1100 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.7622

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 314
Colma, CA 94014

Latitude: 37.4037, Longitude: -122.2745

Established 1903.

Received 26,000 interments from Odd Fellows Cemetery, San Francisco. TOC

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Harrington Cemetery (historic family cemetery)
(aka Belmont City Cemetery)
Belmont, CA

Latitude: 37.5033, Longitude: -122.3239

This cemetery is located on a hill overlooking Interstate 280 and Crystal Springs Reservoir to the west and the city of Belmont to the east.

Interment.com database of tombstone transcriptions.

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Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
Jewish Cemetery & Mausoleum
1301 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.756.3633

Office: 
2266 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415.456.9964

Latitude: 37.4036, Longitude: -122.2706

Established 1889.

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery 
1500 Old Mission Road
Colma, CA 94014
650.756.2060

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 1577
Colma, CA 94015

Latitude: 37.6697, Longitude: -122.4464

Established 1887.

Online database (1887-2001).

Received 39,307 interments from Calvary Cross, San Francisco. TOC

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
1100 Santa Cruz
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650.323.6375

Latitude: 37.4478, Longitude: -122.1876

Online database (A-J) and database (K-Z) of tombstone transcriptions by Fred Kemmerle. Includes names of the 24 moved from St. Denis Cemetery.

Information can be requested from the offices of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.

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Alphabetical List at Interment.net by Fred Kemmerle.

Home of Peace Cemetery & Emanu-El Mausoleum
Jewish Cemetery
1299 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.4700

Latitude: 37.4041, Longitude: -122.2271

Established 1889.

Received 13,000 interments from Home of Peace, San Francisco. TOC

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Hoy Sun Memorial Chinese Cemetery
2101 Hillside Blvd
Colma, CA 94014
650.757.7892

Office:
41 Waverly Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.288.0600

Latitude: 37.677, Longitude: -122.444

Established 1988.

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Hoy Sun Ning Yung Cemetery
between Serramonte Blvd. & Hickey Blvd.
Daly City, 94015

Records kept at:
Hoy Sun Ning Yung Benevolent
40 Waverly Pl. #2
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-288-0600

Latitude: 37.66670, Longitude: -122.46033
Enter on Longford Dr. from westbound Hickey Blvd.

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Independent Order of Oddfellows Cemetery (I.O.O.F.)
Highway 92 (east of Highway One)
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Latitude: 37.469, Longitude: -122.426

Online Database of tombstone transcriptions by Dayna Chalif.

Find-a-grave

Online database at Interment.net by Dayna Chalif.

Italian Cemetery 
(Societa' Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza)
540 F Street
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.1511

Records

  • Burial Records Index, 1899 to present
    • Name, year of burial and location of all persons interred at the Italian Cemetery. Available by telephone, e-mail or personal visit to the cemetery office.
  • Location Cards, 1899 to present
    • Dates of birth, death, burial, place of death, name of funeral director, and name of purchaser/owner of property
  • Burial Record Index, 1899 to present (fully computerized)
    • Name of deceased, year of burial, and location
  • Burial Record Ledgers. 1933-1999
Latitude: 37.4053, Longitude: -122.2273
Established 1899.

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FamilySearch: daily log books, Index cards to names.

Received 8,000 interments from City Cemetery, San Francisco. TOC
A representative from this cemetery notes that the information about the City Cemetery is incorrect.

 

Japanese Benevolent Society-Jikeikai
1300 Hillside Blvd
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.3747

Office: 
179 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 95115
415.921.1782

 Latitude: 37.4103, Longitude: -122.2272

Established 1901.

Received interments from Laurel Hill and Masonic Cemeteries, San Francisco. TOC

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Jardines Del Recuerdo Hispanic Cemetery
(see Skylawn Memorial Park)
 
Mission Dolores
3321 16th Street (at Dolores Street)
San Francisco, CA 94114
415.621.8203
Established 1776.

Find-a-grave lists 293 interments as of July 2008.

Please note:  Mission Dolores cannot answer research questions regarding their original records.  All such requests will be referred to the Archdiocesan Archives or the Oakland Family History Center.

Mount Hope Cemetery
Stage Road (near North Street)
Pescadero, CA 94060
650.879.1831

Latitude: 37.2589, Longitude: -122.3819

next to St. Anthony's Cemetery

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Mount Olivet
(see Olivet Memorial Park)
Ning Yung Cemetery
Sutton Ave. and Junipero Serra Blvd
Daly City, CA 94015
650.982.6060
Northern California Korean Cemetery
(see Skylawn Memorial Park)
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Associated with Greenlawn Memorial Park
Colma Blvd (south side, between Home Depot and UA Theater)
Colma, CA 94014
This is a mass burial site for many who were removed from Odd Fellows Cemetery in San Francisco.  There are no individual headstones or markers.  A list of  interred can be viewed at the Greenlawn Memorial Park office.
Old Half Moon Bay
(Hwy. 92)
P.O. Box 1142
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650.321.2109
Old Sailor & Seaman's Cemetery
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Presidio, San Francisco, CA
Alphabetical list by Gary Barnes
Olivet Memorial Park
(aka Mount Olivet)
1601 Hillside Blvd.
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.0322

Latitude: 37.4104, Longitude: -122.2715

Established 1896. 
San Francisco Call newspaper article, 30 July 1896.

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Orange Cemetery (historic)
West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA

Latitude: 37.6542, Longitude: -122.4258

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Orthodox Memorial Park
1148 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.6939
Our Lady of Pillar
(aka Nuestra Señora del Pillar Cemetery)
980 Miramonte
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650.726.4674

Latitude: 37.4605, Longitude: -122.4236

Online Database of tombstone transcriptions by Dayna Chalif.

Online Database of tombstone transcriptions by the CA Tombstone Project

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Online database at Interment.net by Dayna Chalif.

Pilarcitos (Catholic) Cemetery
Main St. & Rt. 92
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650.726.4674

Latitude: 37.2807, Longitude: -122.2541

Established 1820, Closed to burials 1923.

Online Database of tombstone transcriptions by Dayna Chalif.

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Photograph by Ron Filion

History by National Park Service

Online database at Interment.net by Dayna Chalif.

Presidio Cemetery
see San Francisco National Cemetery
Purissima Cemetery
San Mateo County, CA

Latitude: 37 24 15N  -122 24 45W

Online Database of tombstone transcriptions by Dayna Chalif.

Pictures by Dayna Chalif.

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Online database at Interment.net by Dayna Chalif.

Redwood City Cemetery Family History Library: Redwood City Cemetery records
Russian Sectarian Cemetery
Hickey and Langford
Colma, CA

Latitude: 37.668, Longitude: -122.462

Established in 1932.

Online Database of tombstone transcriptions by Nancy Poppin Posey

California Tombstone Project tombstone transcriptions by Nancy Poppin Posey

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Saint Anthony’s Cemetery
Stage Road (near North Street)
Pescadero, CA 94060
650.879.1831

Latitude: 37.2589, Longitude: -122.3819

next to Mount Hope Cemetery

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Saint Denis Cemetery
Near Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA

Larry Witham has determined the coordinates of this cemetery was at Latitude: 37.4136, Longitude: -122.2204

 

"St. Denis Church and Cemetery. One half mile south of this site [a bronze marker standing off of Sand Hill Road, accessible from the entrance to 3000 Sand Hill Road] stood the first church in San Mateo County dedicated in 1855...On a hill about 300 feet from the church, the St. Denis cemetery was laid out.  The first burial was that of Patrick Martin, 86, father of Dennis."-How We Got Here

"In operation from 1853 to 1890. In 1953, 24 out of an alleged 174 graves from Saint Denis Cemetery were moved to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park."-Find A Grave.com

Saint John's Cemetery
910 Oregon Ave
San Mateo, CA 94402
650.375.0587

Latitude: 37.5483, Longitude: -122.3358

Online Database (A-K) and Database (L-Z)  of tombstone transcriptions by Tim Conroy.

California Tombstone Project tombstone transcriptions by Tim Conroy.

Family History Library: St. John's Cemetery records

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Online database at Interment.net by Tim Conroy.

Salem Memorial Park & Garden Mausoleum
(Jewish)
1711 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.5296

Office: 
625 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132
415.586.8833

Latitude: 37.6792, Longitude: -122.4558

Established 1891.

Received 696 interments from City Cemetery, San Francisco. TOC

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San Francisco Columbarium Research Tips
1 Loraine Court
San Francisco, CA 94118
415.752.7891
Cremated Remains only.
San Francisco National Cemetery
(aka Presidio Cemetery, Post Cemetery)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lincoln Blvd. and Funston Avenue
Presidio, San Francisco, CA
415.561.2008

37.7941, Longitude: -122.4653

Established 1884.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Alphabetical List at CA Tombstone Transcription Project (15 June 2006)
Alphabetical List at USGenWeb Archives (June 2006)

Alphabetical List by Interment.net (02 July 2000)

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San Mateo Memorial Park
9500 Pescadero Creek Road
Loma Mar, CA 94021
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Santo Nino Filipino-American Cemetery
(see Skylawn Memorial Park)
 
Serbian Cemetery
1801 Hillside Blvd.
Colma, CA 94014
650.755.2453

Latitude: 37.4048, Longitude: -122.27

Established 1901.

Received interments from Laurel Hill Cemetery, San Francisco. TOC

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Skylawn Memorial Park 
(includes: Bai Ling Yuan, Jardines Del Recuerdo Hispanic Cemetery, Northern California Korean, and Santo Nino Filipino-American Cemetery)
Skyline Blvd. & Highway 92
San Mateo, CA 94401 
650.349.4411

Latitude: 37.4914, Longitude: -122.3719

Pictures from Gan Hazikeron portion by Dana Chalif.

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Sunset View Cemetery
Colma, CA

Records kept at the Colma Historical Association

Established 1907.

"Closed in 1951. This was the potter's field where indigents, amputations, used cadavers, and still-born from San Francisco were buried. The headstones have been removed and the site is covered over by the Cypress Hills Golf Course."-Find A Grave.com

Tung Sen Cemetery
Sutton Ave. and Junipero Serra Bl.
Daly City, CA 94015
650.397.2834
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Union Cemetery
316 Woodside Rd. (at El Camino Real)
Redwood City, CA 94061

Latitude: 37.2826, Longitude: -122.132

Includes burials from 1859 to 1963.

California State Historical Landmark No.816
National Register of Historic Places No. 83001237

Historic Union Cemetery

Family History Library: Union Cemetery records

Union Cemetery-Partial list of Headstone Transcriptions by Kay King

Historic Union Cemetery Association

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West Union Cemetery
"some 5 miles north of Woodside"
"Years ago a little cemetery was located at West Union some fives miles north of Woodside...Only one body has been removed from the cemetery...Alexander MacDonald...The land has come into possession of some Italians who desire to use the property as part of a vineyard."-San Mateo County Times Gazette, 11 December 1886 [see also San Mateo County Times Gazette, 8 March 1885].
Woodlawn Memorial Park
1000 El Camino Real
Daly City, CA 94014
650.755.1727

Latitude: 37.6794, Longitude: -122.4661

Established 1904.

Received interments from Masonic Cemetery, San Francisco. TOC

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