How the information was compiled:
A survey form was mailed
to every courthouse and genealogical or historical society in the State
of Minnesota. Each volunteer personally contacted local societies in
the county for assistance, and then checked a variety of sources known
to contain information on Minnesota cemeteries. These included: maps;
the U.S. Geological Survey; Wiley Pope's "Cemeteries in Print"; the old
MGS Cemetery Notebooks; WPA Survey of Minnesota cemeteries; the "Dalby
Burial Files"; the "Kirchner Burial Files"; the 2001 Mortuary Science
survey, compiled by the State of MN; cemetery transcriptions published
in the Minnesota Genealogist; a search of the Internet; church,
county and town histories; and local directories, if available.
Volunteers checked card catalogs at MGS, the Family History Library;
and the Minnesota Historical Society. Many volunteers also visited
their county, and the cemeteries in their county, and contacted area
churches, funeral homes, local societies and the county courthouse.
Each volunteer used unique methods to communicate with others, and they
encountered various responses. Accordingly, the results
county-to-county may vary. The date of completion for each county also
varies. Some were completed as early as 2001, but most have been
completed in 2005 and 2006.