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# Friday, May 02, 2008
San Francisco's Historic Mission Dolores Cemetery
Posted by Diane

Last week after talking about kids’ genealogy in Sacramento, Calif., I met up with my sister in San Francisco for a couple of days (she lives 20 minutes from me here in Cincinnati, but was also out West on business).

One of my favorite sights was Mission Dolores, the popular name for the Misión San Francisco de Asís since it was founded June 29, 1776. The present mission chapel, built in 1791, is a block and a half away from the first location.



Still home to an active parish, it’s the oldest intact building in San Francisco—the thick adobe walls survived the 1906 earthquake. Next door is the Mission Dolores Basilica, first built around 1876 and rebuilt after suffering severe quake damage.

The walled Mission Cemetery, final resting place for Ohlone, Miwok and other indigenous peoples as well as notable pioneers, is the only cemetery left within city limits.






The cemetery is smaller today than it once was, but has been restored with native plantings.



You can find known Mission Dolores burials listed at FindaGrave. Read a bit more about the cemetery’s past in the transcribed historical newspaper articles on SFGenealogy.com.

Cemeteries | Historic preservation | Social History
Friday, May 02, 2008 9:03:39 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Sunday, May 04, 2008 2:01:20 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Mission Dolores is a lovely Mission! It's records are a vital source of information for nearly all descendants of the Early Californios. Transciptions of these records (including the burials) can be found at http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm

I have many ancestors buried in the (Mission Dolores) cemetery. The headstones are no longer there, but the remains of those who have gone on before are still there.
Monday, May 05, 2008 8:31:12 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Anthony! Thanks for the link!
Diane
Diane
Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:41:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
It always amazes me how peaceful and quiet that little cemetery is. Mission Dolores used to be my parish, and I always loved going to church there. I have moved out of SF, though, and miss it so much!
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