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Family History searches

We hold records of burials dating back to 1856 and cremations to 1957.


  • Information about the records we hold and how we can help you

We hold records of burials in the cemetery dating back to the opening in May 1856, and records of cremations dating back to the opening of the crematorium in 1957. These records are largely in paper registers, but some are on microfiche, CD and computer.

We are happy to help with searches of the records if we can, but, of course our work with current funerals will always take precedence. Best to email us if you can, and the more time you can give us to complete the search the easier it will be to fit into our schedule of work.

At the very least we need the full name of the deceased, plus an accurate date of death if possible, but even a decade would help. We couldn't attempt the search without some idea of the date as otherwise the search would be very time consuming for us indeed. An address is also handy. The more information you can give us the easier, quicker and more accurate the search. 

For lengthy searches, involving several records, a charge may be made, but we will tell you that at the outset.