The following guides and manuals provide invaluable information pertaining to “best practices” in recording, preserving, maintaining and restoring historic burying grounds and cemeteries, which BGPG adheres to. These examples are drawn from a variety of sources, including the National Park Service (Dept. of the Interior) and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).



Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)

Terra Firma 10  Mourning Glory: Preserving Historic Cemeteries (2011)

Preservation Guidelines for Municipally Owned Historic Burial Grounds and Cemeteries (2009)


Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Historic Cemeteries Preservation Guide (2004)


National Park Service: Technical Preservation Services

Preservation Brief 48: Preserving Grave Markers in Historic Cemeteries (2016)

In addition to these online resources, many membership organizations provide guidance and support in recording and preserving historic burying grounds and cemeteries, most notably the AGS, a nationwide organization founded in 1977.

Association for Gravestone Studies

2018 Burying Ground Preservation Group, Inc.