New Database Watertown, MA: Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery Burials, 1854-1980

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View of the Priests Lot at Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery. Picture by William A. McEvoy, 2020.

The database Watertown, MA: Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery Burials, 1854-1980 provides two volumes with over 3,300 pages of information about the burials in Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery between 1854 and 1980 and includes over 46,000 searchable records and names.

In 2011, William A. McEvoy met with representatives of the Historical Society of Watertown at the Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Watertown, Massachusetts. Starting with a map of the cemetery and a 310-page notebook of burials, Mr. McEvoy then started a project to record burials in this historic cemetery. The initial goal was simply to post information on By September of 2012, he discovered that the number of burials greatly exceeded initial estimates, and the available sources were incomplete. The project was expanded to include lot sales information and vital records.

The detailed results of this project are captured in the two volumes of this online database. The first volume, titled “Burials” contains all discovered information for each person buried in the cemetery, including birth years and birth places, parent’s names, street addresses at their death, cause of death and the location of the burial plot. The second volume “Civil War and Military” identifies burials for soldiers who served in the Civil War and others. It includes information on their military units and service dates.

Mr. McEvoy has also written a book entitled “Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery: East Watertown, MA”. The full text of the book is available online in the Digital Library and Archive. Additionally, Mr. McEvoy has created a recording of his book and you can see it as a YouTube Video. The book can be found in the library catalog as F74.W33 M348 2020.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.