What are burial records?
There are different types of burial records, they are held in many
different locations and there is no comprehensive index to them
The main types of burial records are records compiled by religious groups and records
kept by cemeteries and crematoria
Most burials before the 1850s were recorded in the registers of Anglican parish churches.
Further details of these are in the separate
Parish registers section
Some non-conformist chapels had their own burial grounds and
therefore their own records. Roman Catholics and Jews often had their own
burial grounds and records too
After the 1850s many burials took place in private and local
authority cemeteries in addition to parish churchyards
Burial records tell you where and when a burial took place.
Usually they give the name, age and date of burial of the deceased. They may
also give the person's profession, address and date of death
A related source of information is the recording of
inscriptions on gravestones such as the transcription projects undertaken by
local family history societies
You can read more detailed information about burial records,
including non-conformist, Roman Catholic and Jewish records, in the
National Archives Research Guide 'Burial indexes'
The Genuki site
also gives further information in its broader sections on 'Church records'
and 'Jewish records'
Page last updated: 26th October 2011