|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
BEFORE GOING TO TAKE A PHOTO IN THIS CEMETERY, you need to get the plot number from the Find a Grave memorial. This cemetery does not have names on the grave markers, just a number. Also note that there are TWO sections to the cemetery: one is at the gate where you enter; the other is to the right down the hill.
Please DO NOT ADD ENTRIES TO THIS CEMETERY unless they were buried after 2012. All of the burials prior to and including 2012 have been researched and entries have been made on Find a Grave. Just because someone died at the Weimar Sanatorium does not mean they were buried in the Weimar Cemetery. Only about 30% of those who died at the Sanatorium were buried in the cemetery.
The Weimar Cemetery is located at Latitude 39° 02"N Longitude 120°58"W.
Click here to view a transcription of the cemetery (by name or grave number), a map, and a history of the Weimar Sanatorium and Cemetery.
The Weimar Cemetery was originally a part of the Weimar Joint Sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, which operated under various names from 1919-1972. Patients who died at the Sanatorium and who had no other means of burial were interred on the Sanatorium property AKA the Weimar Cemetery.*
Since this was essentially a Potter's Field, instead of traditional tombstones each grave was assigned a number which was engraved onto a brass disc. The graves were marked by a piece of 2x6 wood with the corresponding brass disc attached. Records in the Sanatorium office translated names to numbers and vice-versa. The records also had information on where the person lived before being admitted to the Sanatorium and other data.
Over time, records disappeared and errors crept into the remaining information during various data transfers, so there was uncertainty about exact who is buried in the Weimar Cemetery and where they were buried.
In 2012, a massive research effort was implemented, which included examining every death certificate in Placer County for the 50+ years the Weimar Cemetery was in operation and reconciling that data with the remaining Weimar Sanatorium records as well as information available on Ancestry.com. As a result of this work, all of the people buried in the cemetery have been identified, and are listed in the transcription described above and on Find a Grave. Specific grave numbers were also identified, except for burials 1-107 because those records no longer exist.
The Weimar Cemetery is now part of the Colfax Cemetery District.
* The Weimar Institute, the owner of the former Sanatorium property [as of 2012], has added burials to the cemetery during recent years. These graves have regular headstones.