Most all of the data and information presented in this section is taken from a book compiled  by Members of the Manasota (now Manatee) Genealogical Society in accordance with our objective  to encourage the research, publishing, and preservation of genealogical and historical material. The Book is titled: TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS IN CEMETERIES OF MANATEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 1850  — 1980;   Copyright 1982, by Manasota Genealogical Society, Inc., Second Edition, 811 pages.  All Rights Reserved.
This publication, which is now out of print, has been prepared for electronic publication and made available to MGS members investigating ancestors in Manatee County, Florida. Summary data is provided via this webpage for public viewing and identification of possible ancestors' tombstone inscriptions documented in the MGS publication. READ the BOOK PREFACE HERE.
  • Cemeteries Surveyed by MGSThis link presents data on location and background details for each cemetery or burial ground surveyed. A total of 35 cemeteries or burial areas in Manatee County (representing burials from 1850 to 1980) were surveyed. Thirty White and five Black Cemeteries are represented in the compilation.
  • Cemetery InformationFor more details like, location, address, photos and general background information on each cemetery, visit this page. The page is under development and data are being added regularly.
  • Surname Index  This surmane index link to the recorded tombstone inscriptions can help a researcher determine if possible ancestors or parties of interest are included in the total book compilation. The book index totals 89 pages and represents well over 8,000 surnames.   The index provides the surname and the page numbers for locating the individual(s) and any related information (inscription, etc.).