The city of Los Angeles has a rich, and partly missing, history of its burial sites. In a number of cases cemeteries have been closed and the remains interred elsewhere. For a few cemeteries even the exact location is not known. On the other hand, for a number of cemeteries there is a great deal of information.
Apparently the first cemetery established in the city was in the Old Plaza area, adjacent to the Plaza Church at 521 N. Main Street. But prior to its establishment in 1822 burials had taken place in the two missions in the area: San Gabriel Arcangel (1771) and Mission San Fernando Rey Espana (1797). Additional information is available on early burials in Los Angeles.
Some of the cemeteries listed here are actually in neighboring cities but are included here because of their historical significance. There are also some cemeteries which were at one time in other cities and towns but which through annexation became part of Los Angeles.
In addition, these cemeteries, although not really historic, are interesting because of the notables buried there: