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Collection Number RG0702.AM
Collection Name RG0702 Forest Lawn Cemetery (Omaha, Neb.)
Identifier Organizational records
Size and Materials 12 reels of microfilm
Title Burial records of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska, 1886-1978.
Date or Date Span 1886-1978
Year Range from 1886
Year Range to 1978
Admin/Biographical History In 1885, an act was passed by the Nebraska Legislature increasing the amount of land that could be owned by cemetery associations. In response to this act, the Forest Lawn Cemetery Association was formed August 13, 1885. Its first purchase, made by John H. Bracken, was for 320 acres of land. The cost of this land, which at that time was seven miles northwest of Omaha’s business district, was $32,000. Ironically, the first burial on September 1, 1886, was that of John H. Bracken who died soon after the initial purchase. His body was transferred from Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The G.A.R., the Freemasons, and the Omaha Typographical Union owned parts of Forest Lawn Cemetery. Part of its land was made into a national soldiers’ cemetery. Income from the land, as it is sold, continues to be used for protecting, preserving, and embellishing the cemetery.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of 12 rolls of microfilm containing burial cards dating from 1886-1978.

This material provides information on individuals buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

The burial cards, ca.1886-1978, are arranged alphabetically on the first ten rolls. The last two rolls are chronologically arranged, September 1966-August 1978. The burial cards show the individual’s name, interment number, grave location, residence, marital status, race, age, cause and date of death, cremation date (if applicable), and nearest relative. Not all of this information appears for each individual, but these are the standard subject headings on each card.
Creator Forest Lawn Cemetery Association
Finding Aids Forest Lawn Cemetery (Omaha, Neb.) finding aid
Search Terms Cemeteries -- Douglas County (Neb.)
Douglas County (Neb.) -- Cemeteries
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Omaha, Neb.)
Omaha (Neb.) -- Cemeteries
Prospect Hill Cemetery (Omaha, Neb.)
Genre Form Cemeteries