Locating the last resting places of our family and forebears can be an important aspect of our genealogical research. For many, it will eventually lead to a journey to those places and to the exact spot to to pay their respects, often to kin we may have never met but with whom we have a forever bond. Sometimes the search for these places can be easy but often it may lead just to the cemetery gates. It may all depend on the availability and access to the appropriate documentation. For this reason, this guide provides some hints and suggestions to facilitate your research into finding the last resting places of those important to you.

Types of records

Information on burials can be found in a variety of sources, including:

  • burial certificates
  • church registers
  • civil death certificates
  • council and private cemetery registers/records
  • funeral director or undertaker records
  • monumental inscriptions (listings of gravemarkers, memorial plaques and monuments)
  • newspaper funeral notices

The Library may provide access to information from some of these sources in various forms, including:

  • websites
  • online subscription databases
  • cd-roms
  • microforms
  • print publications