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Location

Hillcrest Cemetery is located in the 2200 block of Stanton Road in the City of East Point, Georgia (Fulton County), just south of Georgia Highway 166 (Langford Parkway, formerly known as Lakewood Freeway). It is approximately 17 acres, and includes an estimated 10,000 graves dating from the 1880's to present. From Downtown Atlanta, take I-75/85 south to Langford Parkway Westbound (exit 243). Take the 4th exit to Stanton Road, turn left at the bottom of the ramp, and the cemetery is just ahead on the left (with some portions on the right farther down. MAP

Layout

Hillcrest is divided into 10-11 sections, each of which is divided into blocks and/or lots, which are then divided into spaces. Here is a brief breakdown about the numbering system.

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(The black gridlines and axis markings on this image are to help you locate a burial after we research it for you. We will give you (or you may know) the Section, Block, Lot and Space, and we can tell you which grid square is closest to the location. These black markings are NOT related directly to the location noted in your deed.)

Section 1: Also known as the Historic Section, this was the original footprint of the cemetery. It is divided into Blocks 1-14 from south to north, plus "S" and "T". Each of these is broken into Lots, but the numbering of the lots is erratic. Lots are typically 6 spaces wide and Blocks are two lots wide.

Section 2: We only have incidental evidence that this was the original name of the Circle Section. The only records we have that reference it seem to indicate an infant burial area at the south corner of that part of the cemetery.

Section 3: South of Section 1, running up the hill to the Circle Section. It is divided into Blocks A-M (plus E1 between E and F) from north to south. Lots are typically 6 spaces wide and are numbered 1-36. Block L is partly along the back of this section, and block M is at the top of the hill east of the circle drive, extending to the southern property line.

Section 4: Includes most of the area between the north-south drive through the cemetery and Stanton Road, from the Circle Section to the south, to near a large oak tree in the north. Blocks are numbered 7-25 from south to north, with the main entrance being located between 14 and 15. Lots are typically 4 spaces wide and are numbered 1-24 plus 12A and 13A in blocks 15-25.

Section 5: Continues three blocks north from the end of Section 4, labeled blocks X, Y and Z. There is no physical distinction between these two sections, and the lot numbering continues from Section 4. Block X is south of the rough uphill driveway south of the main entrance; Blocks Y and Z are north of that drive.

Section 6: Continues north of section 5 for only 2 blocks. The east half of this section is an infant burial area.

Section 7: Opened 1952. This section is between the two northernmost driveways into the cemetery. The front half is divided into blocks A-E from south to north (and into 28 lots each), and the back half is divided into blocks F-J from north to south (lot quantity varies due to topography from 9-38 lots.

Section 8: Opened 1952. The back half of the area north of the northernmost road. It is not divided into blocks, and the typically 4-space lots are numbered from 1-180 in a zig-zag pattern.

Section 9: Opened 1952. The front half of the area north of the northernmost road. It is not divided into blocks, and the typically 4-space lots are numbered from 1-140 in a zig-zag pattern.

Circle Section: This is one of the oldest sections, and as its name implies, is a circular area surrounded by a driveway at the hilltop in the southern end of the cemtery. Its layout is hard to put into words, but is divided into A-S, each of which have 2-15 lots of varying sizes.

Section M: Located across the street from most of the cemetery, this triangular area is also known as the Bronze Section and as the Garden of Memories. It is divided into blocks A–W, but these references are not needed and rarely used, since the typically 4-space lots are individually numbered from 1-544. This is the only section with monuments restricted to flat markers.

Research Requests and Directory Information

The Historic Records of Hilcrest Cemetery are not yet available directly online, but we do have some records computerized and can perform searches upon request. Here is a summary of what is available and not available:

  • Please note. As of this writing, we are severely backlogged on research requests. Unless a request is for an upcoming family visit or time or possble bereavement, we may not be able to get information to you right away.For another research option, see the UPDATE statement below this list.
  • Burial records, transcribed from the death certificates filed with the cemetery, and supplemented from hand-written ledgers, from 1926 (date of a fire in the cemetery office) and 1994 (when records were no longer kept).
  • The burial records for 1926-1994 are estimated to be 95% accurate, accounting for transcription of handwritten records and original recording errors and omissions.
  • There are an estimated 10,000 people buried in Hillcrest, of which we have approximately 8,000 names.
  • The grave purchase records (deeds) have not been transcribed, but we have limited access to them in case of emergencies, such as pending burials. The process of transcribing the deeds is slowly underway.
  • All physical records of the cemetery are on loan by the retired owner of the cemetery to a trusted friend who is working with us over time to preserve and transcribe the records.
  • We have plat maps in-house to help with locating graves from the records. Some areas are not clearly mapped, but searching nearby graves can usually help us find marked graves or pinpoint graves without markers with some accuracy.
  • Some areas have no recorded grid system, just numbers in the records themselves. We know what area most of these are in, but to date have no way of determining who is where in most cases. Only about 5-10% of the graves in these sections are marked, so there is insufficient information to determine the grid. Additionally, one of these sections is now heavily wooded.
  • Hillcrest is still an active cemetery, with about 20 burials a year. Please contact us if you have had a family burial since 1994, so that we may add them to the records. Likewise, if you have accurate records on burials prior to 1926 or for surnames not in the list below, please help us buy sending the information along.
  • We hope to update our records with an on-site transcription one day, but have only begun this process in the oldest area, section 1.
  • We are not prepared to post our database to the public due to the number of errors and the fact that we still need to go to the cemetery to verify information, to the extent possible, before giving information that may be relied on for future burials or memorials. One day we plan to include a searchable system on this site, however, we have included a list of surnames in the records on this site. For now, please direct inquiries to the association as outlined below.

    UPDATE: A copy of the basic information in our records (name, year of death, burial location) is now available for viewing at the East Point Historical Society, located near the cemetery. They also have maps, and the curator, Steven Bramlett (the original Hillcrest preservationist), knows how to read them. They are open Thursdays from 1pm-4pm and Saturdays from 11am-3pm. For directions and other resources there, visit their web site here.

Search Requests may be sent to Hillcrest via email or US mail. If your request is urgent or timely, please let us know and we hope to accommodate you. Please include all the following information, if known:

  • Full name, including maiden name and Jr./Sr./etc.
  • Dates of birth and death
  • Any dates of reinterment, if applicable
  • Name of the person who bought the plots
  • Approximate date of purchase
  • Any knowledge of the location in the cemetery (close to street, etc.)
  • Please let us know if you would like photos of the site emailed to you. We will accommodate these requests as time allows.

Contact us via:

  • Email: hillcrest@graves.org
  • US Mail: Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Association, PO Box 91377, East Point, GA 30364
  • Phone: 404-323-1813 (If urgent or timely)

Driectory of Burials

The Research Requests Section above provides important information about the state of our historical records and why they are not placed online. For the convenience of our readers, though, we have included a list of surnames on this page.

History of Hillcrest Cemetery

An extensive history of Hillcrest Cemetery was recently written by Hillcrest Historian and East Point Historical Society Curator Steven Bramlett. It is not yet in a form to put online, but here is a brief summary. Also visit our Photos page to view several historical photos of Hillcrest

Family stories tell us that Hillcrest was established as a family burial ground around 1890 for the Hudson's, who owned a home on top of the hill in what is now the southern end of the cemetery. At some point in the future, believed to be 1912, it was established as a commercial cemetery. The earliest headstones are from the late 1800's, though some of these are thought to have been reinterments from family burials on private property.

phothumbhistThe oldest section is in the center of the back area, where there are numerous large trees. Hillcrest expanded to the south after that, then toward Stanton Road. In 1952, additional sections were opened to the north and across Stanton Road.

Approximately 10,000 people representing nearly 2,400 surnames are buried and/or memorialized at Hillcrest on approximately 17 acres divided into 10 major sections and several smaller designated areas. The grounds include veterans of six wars and all branches of the US militaty.

Today, Hillcrest is privately owned by an elderly widow of a man who bought the cemetery business many years ago. She is not able to maintain it, and is no longer receiving any funds from services. There was never a perpetual care fund, nor was one required by Georgia law. When the cemetery ran out of spaces to sell, there was no longer any current income to fund maintenance. Our organization was founded in 2001 in order to seek ways to restore and maintain the grounds. We have since grown to do a lot more than that, including record-keeping, preservation, family assistance and some basic facility management.

Until a large interest-bearing trust is established through donations, grants and other sources (likely many years away), the upkeep of Hillcrest Cemetery will fall to the families and other supporters. Our organization serves as a conduit through which funds and volunteers can be brought together for this sacred ground to receive the most maintenance for the effort.

Photos

We have several photo albums online:

phothumb1Historical Photos

phothumb2Photos from 2003-2004

phothumb3Photos from 2005-2007

Veterans

Plans are being developed and funds are being raised for a new Veterans Memorial for Hillcrest Cemetery. Hillcrest is the final resting place of veterans from 6 branches and at least 6 conflicts, including:

  • US Army
  • Confederate Army
  • US Navy
  • US Air Force
  • US Marines
  • US Coast Guard
  • Merchant Marines

and

  • American Civil War
  • Spanish-American War
  • WWI
  • WWII
  • Korea
  • Vietnam
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