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Electronic cemetery map and database now available

The City of Iowa City is in the process of entering its cemetery records to an online system that allows the public to view gravesite information. While great care was taken in preparing and loading the information, the City assumes no responsibility for any errors in this presentation as it continues to be a work in progress.

The following areas in the cemetery are not for sale at this time:

  • Outlots 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Welfare/Block 1

Important notes 

  1. This link may take several minutes to open, depending upon your connection speed. 
  2. Click on the binoculars to enter a name to search for a specific person. 
  3. The scroll wheel on your mouse allows you to zoom in and out. 
  4. Click on the gravesite to get owner/burial information. 

View the cemetery map and database

Send your feedback, corrections and ideas to cemetery@iowa-city.org; and put the word “Cemetery” in the subject line. This correspondence may become public record. (Please note: if the email link does not automatically generate a new message, copy and paste or type the address into a new email message.) 

Lot sales

Call the office at 319-356-5105 to schedule an appointment to discuss the purchase of a lot. Staff will have available suitable plats showing size, price and location of lots. After lot purchase, a deed will be mailed to the lot owner by the City Clerk's office.

Other deed transactions

A deed transaction form should be filled out to request any of the following transactions: request for duplicate deed copies; transfers of ownership; and re-issuance of revised deeds. Follow the instructions on each form for completion and mailing.

Columbarium

The Forestview Columbarium is a gleaming black granite wall located in the east end of Oakland Cemetery. It is lined with 352 niches for the interment of cremains, and the maximum size a cinerary urn may be is 9 inches high by 9 inches wide by 9.5 inches deep. To obtain fee information refer to the "rates and charges" section above or click here.

The Cherish Columbarium is the second columbarium at Oakland Cemetery, located in the far East side of the cemetery. This black granite structure has 64 niches - 32 (12"x12"x12") and 32 (12"x12"x16") for interment of cremains. The pricing will vary depending on size, height on wall and the side the niche is facing. Single niches are located on the North and South ends of the structure and accomodate a slightly larger cinerary urn than the Forestview Columbarium. The double or dual niches can accommodate 2 cinerary urns and are located on the West and East sides of the structure. To obtain fee information refer to the "rates and charges" section above or click here.  

Grave decorations

Artificial wreaths, artificial flowers and holiday decorations are welcome any time between November 15 to the end of February and for four days before and five days following Memorial Day. After that period, if not claimed, they will be removed from the site. Flags and emblems will be removed and stored, without responsibility for preservation, if still in place on the sixth day following Memorial Day.

Live flowers in plastic or papier mâché​ containers are welcome, and may be used at all times. All wired flowers, glass jars and bottles, toys, metal containers and other objects that might create a mowing hazard will not be permitted during the mowing season and will be removed and discarded.

Annuals or perennials may be planted adjacent to the stone if tended by the lot owner. Permission for permanent plantings, such as evergreen or shrub plantings, must be obtained from the Cemetery staff.

Regulations

It is the desire of the City of Iowa City to make Oakland Cemetery a quiet, beautiful place for the deceased and visitors. Peace and good order must prevail for the sacredness of the place to be maintained at all times. It is to this end that the following rules and regulations have been established. Contact the cemetery office at 319-356-5105 to obtain information on the regulations regarding monuments, interments and individual lot restrictions.

  • Look and enjoy, but please don't touch the monuments.
  • Rubbings or tracings of stones are not allowed due to the fragile nature of many of the stones.
  • All dogs must be confined inside a vehicle (except for service animals).

Application for Oakland Cemetery controlled uses

If you and/or your organization wishes to hold an event in Oakland Cemetery other than funeral services, fill out the form below and submit two weeks before the date of the proposed event.