Santa Rosa Catholic Cemetery
Cambria, San Luis Obispo County, California 

Introduction and Brief History

Old Santa Rosa Catholic Cemetery is located on Main Street on a hill overlooking Cambria, California. The cemetery grounds are adjacent to the Old Santa Rosa Catholic Church on property that was purchased from Jeffrey Phelan on October 14, 1870.

The cemetery and church have been abandoned and victimized by vandals over the years. A committee was formed in 1978 to save the church and cemetery grounds. In 1982 the chapel and cemetery were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cemetery grounds are rectangular in shape, enclosed by a wire fence. There is a mixture of wooden markers and tombstones here. The wooden markers are mostly unreadable due to weather erosion over the years. Out of 333 markers and tombstones found here, only 198 were legible.

The cemetery has no formal map available, so a sketch was drawn to show how it is laid out in relation to the church. It was divided into four sections and read as NW, SW, NE, and SE.

Thank you to these volunteers - Beverly Blum, Judy Chambers, Ken Hart and Phoebe Adams for their efforts.

This cemetery was originally read on October 25, 1990.

The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society has photographed this Cemetery and updated the index. It was thought that the Cemetery was no longer active, this is not the case, there are new interments.

Headstone Images can be found here.

A fully searchable pdf file of the Index can be found here.

Information contained on the Index: Name, Date of Birth, Date of Death, Grave Location & Transcribers Notes

All of the photos and databases that are contained on this site and in linked directories are watermarked and are the property of SLOCGS [San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, POB 4, Atascadero,  San Luis Obispo, California]. The headstone photos may be used for personal genealogical purposes and none other.

 Site Updated: 31 October 2015

This Site belongs to the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society