In 2017, the Town of Lebanon includes eighteen cemeteries with land purchased to create a new (nineteenth) cemetery. Currently, the Hale Headstone Inscription Records provide the best town-wide information about markers in these burying grounds. New inventories are underway, using 21st century technologies, but are not yet available. The Hale report identified the cemeteries as:
1. Liberty Hill
4. Old (Trumbull)
5. New Lebanon
In addition, there are:
19. Newest town cemetery
Several important resources are available to aid anyone who is interested in Lebanon’s historic graveyards.
Charles R. Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions contains vital information from headstone inscriptions in over 2,000 Connecticut cemeteries that were recorded in a W.P.A. project directed by Charles R. Hale (State Military Necrologist) c. 1932-5. Mr. Hale hired recorders to walk through each burying ground and note every inscription with a name and date of death. In Lebanon, the recorders were T.A. Marrotte, G. F. Robinson and Ellison S. Smith.
The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800. The late Daniel Farber of Worcester, Massachusetts, and his wife, Jessie Lie Farber, were responsible for the largest portion of the collection. The collection is housed at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester which has made the images available online.
Lebanon Historical Society genealogical files and indexes researched, compiled and organized by Lindy Brunkhorst-Olewine. Combining hours of field research and careful investigation of early records Lindy has created searchable and cross-referenced Excel spreadsheets for the cemeteries, vital records, censuses and many other important resources. Most recently, her work has included collaborating with surveying students to accurately locate individual gravestones, a process that will eventually result in detailed maps of the cemeteries.
findagrave.com is a commercial website created in 1995 by Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton to support his hobby of locating celebrities’ burial sites. In 2013, Ancestry.com acquired the company greatly expanding the base of contributors who list information and photographs of 154 million graves around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county. The online database is searchable by name, date and location.