(a)  Removal of Graves Certificate.  A Removal of Graves Certificate provided by the State Registrar shall be used to permanently record the facts pertaining to the relocation of graves.

(b)  Preparation and Filing.  The party effecting the removal shall:

(1)           complete the certificate form by typing or writing plainly with black ink;

(2)           list the name of each decedent if known; otherwise, enter as much identifying information as may be reasonably determined;

(3)           use continuation sheets of the same format as the list on the certificate to list additional names as necessary;

(4)           file the certificate with maps and continuation sheets attached with the register of deeds in the county of disinterment and also in the counties of reinterment within 30 days after completion of the reinterment; and

(5)           pay the register of deeds a fee of one dollar ($1.00) for each page or portion of a page recorded.

(c)  Maps.  The party effecting removal shall prepare a map of both the disinterment and reinterment sites.  The map must precisely describe the disinterment and reinterment sites in such a manner that a layman can easily identify the location of each site.  The maps shall include county, nearest city or town, public road or intersection of roads in the vicinity, and any other information which would be helpful in locating the sites.  The graves must be noted and numbered.  The names must be listed on the certificate by number, which corresponds with the numbers on the map.  The map shall be prepared on the same size paper as the certificate whenever possible.

(d)  Filing and Indexing.  The register of deeds shall:

(1)           place the certificate with attachments in a loose leaf binder or other appropriate medium;

(2)           cross index the certificates by name of cemetery of disinterment and reinterment;  This requirement does not preclude additional cross indexing of the Removal of Graves Certificates by name of decedent when known; provided, that such cross indexing shall be an option of the register of deeds and imposes no extra charge to the party effecting removal; and

(3)           retain the certificates and attachments permanently; In counties using microfilm for recording various documents such as deeds and deeds of trust, these certificates may be processed as the other records.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑92(7);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. November 15, 1977;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1990.