Records from cemeteries and religious organizations are often used in connection with, or in place of, vital records to obtain information about major life events: birth, marriage, and death, as well as to connect one generation of an individual's family with another.
Some cemeteries, both large and small, make burial indexes or listings freely available on their websites (if they have one). Extent of information available (if at all), may vary tremendously. Other times, partner organizations will make a cemeteries burial listings available. Some regional examples:
Registers of baptisms, burials, and marriages can provide information on life events on an individual or family - especially before vital record registration became standardized in New York State. Online availability of indexes to church records and registers, and any corresponding digital images, varies tremendously.