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== What is in This Collection? ==
 
These records include transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries for the years 1780-1999. The original records are located at the Maine State Library in Augusta.
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 == Collection Content ===== Sample Image === <gallery widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">Image:Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection (13-0887) Cemetery Card DGS Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection (13-0887)_103.jpg|Cemetery Card</gallery>  == What Can This Collection These Records Tell Me? == 
The records may contain any of the following;
 
*Name of deceased
*Birth date
*Name and location of cemetery
*Names of others buried in the same lot and their relationships, birth dates, death dates and ages
== Collection Content ===== Sample Image ===<gallery widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">Image:Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection (13-0887) Cemetery Card DGS Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection (13-0887)_103.jpg|Cemetery Card</gallery>
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 To begin your search Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:*Name The name of the deceased
*Other identifying information such as birth or death dates
=== Search the Index ===
===View the Images ===
View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|CID|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
#Select the '''Surname Range''' which takes you to view the images. Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:  *There may be more than one person in the records with the same name. *You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name. *Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life. *If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. *Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. <br>
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2242146 Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery collection, ca. 1780-1999]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
== What Do I Do Next? ==
Once you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.  Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 *Use the birth date or year to search for birth records. *Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records. *Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records. *The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. *Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. *When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. 
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
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