This page provides an overview of how to use the database and other information available at this website to quickly find a cemetery or headstone in Newfoundland, Canada.
Using the search utility DIG.EXE you can search for parts of names and up to three different search strings simultaneously, or you can build lists of people buried in a given cemetery, town, or region. If explored thoroughly this web site should generate may new ideas for your research. Have fun!
- From the download page (found under DOWNLOADS on the left) download the self-extracting PC-compatible zipped database and follow the instructions to extract the files.
- Double-click on BIGNAMES.TXT to view the database directly, or double-click on DIG.EXE to use the search utility. (Both of these files plus two help-files were extracted from the download.)
- When you find a name of interest, write down the CD number and cemetery ID for it. This is found to the left of the name. For example: NF014 : LEW02 represents the CD volume NF014, and LEW02 is the code for the 2nd cemetery photographed in the town of Lewisporte. (There is a key to the town codes at the bottom of the BIGNAMES.TXT file, but if you are using the DIG.EXE utility, you only need to input LEW and the utility will tell you the full name of the town which corresponds to that code!)
- Now that you have the town name, go to the web page for "Towns and Cemeteries Completed" and look up the town name in the index on the left. Below each town name is one or more CD numbers representing that town. Click on the CD number to see a complete list of the cemeteries on that CD. Click on one of the cemeteries in the list for additional information including location. You can help support the cost and completion of this important project by ordering CD's containing the photographs used to build the downloadable database.