30 January 2010

El Cajon Cemetery Listings Online

The San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) published a 311 page coil-bound book of El Cajon (CA) Cemetery burials in 2007. The book contains entries for over 8800 burials dating from the late 1880s through June 2007, along with a short preface describing the location and history of the cemetery. Interested parties can purchase the book for $30 on the SDGS web site.

The book is available in PDF format on the SDGS web page - see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casdgs/leaves/data/elcajoncemetery.pdf.

The preface of the book describes the location and a short history of the property:

"El Cajon Cemetery is located on over twelve acres of rolling hills just east of El Cajon, in
San Diego County, California, at 2080 Dehesa Road (at the junction of Dehesa Road and
Vista Grande Road – GPS: 32° 47’ 18.47”N, 116° 54’ 30.84”W). Once considered the
outskirts of town, it is now surrounded by homes and urban development. In 1990, the
cemetery faced closure due to lack of space. The El Cajon Cemetery Association
purchased an additional 5.25 adjoining acres, now referred to as the ‘new section,’ and
burials began there in April 1996. Approximately 250 burials per year take place at the
cemetery. There is an onsite office and a full-time staff."

This book is extremely well-done, and is a credit to the SDGS volunteers who worked for many hours to gather the information, organize it and publish it.

The one problem with using the book online is that the cemetery entries are published in landscape view, but my browser (Internet Explorer 7) does not permit rotation of the PDF web page. If you download the book to your computer, then open it in Adobe Reader (version 8), you can go to View > Rotate View > Clockwise and make it readable in landscape view.