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Online Burial Registry Makes Grave-finding Easier

Online Burial Registry Makes Grave-finding Easier

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Planning to visit your family's burial sites this weekend? Here in Utah, finding them is easier than some may realize.

The state's online grave registry can take most of the legwork out of the search. Already, about 541 cemeteries are linked to the statewide data system that people can access for free on the Internet. That's an estimated 70 percent of the state's graveyards.

It comes as no surprise, given the intense interest in genealogy here because of the Mormon church.

In the past, family members used to wander around burial grounds or pore over old books to find where a love one was interred. Now, much of that information is in the online database.

It contains death data from such far-flung places as Cleveland in Emery County to the largest cemetery west of the Mississippi River -- Salt Lake City's.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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