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Traditionally, ownership of the land in cemeteries is retained by the cemetery itself and they sell you or other family members the right to be buried there. Those records are retained by the cemetery and when owners pass away, the family may contact the cemetery, present a death certificate and entitlement, and ask that records be updated showing who is then entitled to use those burial lots. Thus, you would simply need death certificates for you grandfather and mother and then contact the cemetery about their deaths.
Thank you. Once they are in our names can we sell them privately or does the cemetery have the first right to purchase them at the original purchase price?
You're welcome! That would be something they control via their rules and regulations and something that you could ask them.
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