Prairie Lawn Cemetery
A Big thanks to the city
of Wellington for making the cemetery records available!
view an alphabetical listing by surname (family name) click here.
It is recommended that you take note of
the block and lot number of your ancestor. You will have the opportunity to view
the same records sorted by block/lot number. Often you can discover relatives by
noting who is buried near your kinfolk.
To view records sorted by block number,
There are usually 16 lots to the block. A
general map is below. The links also include additional information that
was listed in the register, such as residence at time of death.
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map is not to scale
Prairie Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum are
located within the city limits of Wellington, KS. The following lists were
compiled by Cindy Ball and Lora Topinka in 1999. The majority of the information
was taken from the cemetery registers located at the Wellington City Building.
It was felt that indexing the cemetery by utilizing the registers was the most
appropriate way to compile this data for public use for the following reasons:
- the overall size of the cemetery
(50+ acres) prevents "walking" the cemetery to record every
- tombstones deteriorate over the
years preventing recording of accurate information
- not everybody gets a tombstone, but
most burials are recorded in the register
- the registers occasionally list
information such as birthplace that is of interest to people seeking their
Knowing this, keep the following in
- Occasionally the date of death is
actually the date of burial.
- People weren't as literate back then
as they are now, so spelling errors do exist
- In early times (pre-1900,
especially) families were responsible for digging the grave, burial, etc. so
some early burials weren't recorded in the register. Therefore it is
possible to have a grave, but no written record of who it is, likewise it is
also possible (but unlikely) to have a tombstone and no written record
- sometimes the age of the individual
- the register included a space for
age and date of death--no date of birth. Where gaps existed in information
(for example no date death or age), we attempted--and usually succeeded--in
locating the tombstone to fill in the missing information. When the
tombstone was not found, a "not known, not given, or unknown" was
inserted into the appropriate column.
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