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Toowong Cemetery Brisbane Australia

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Finding These Records[edit | edit source]

  • Individuals were usually buried in a church, community, or private cemetery near the place where they lived or died.
  • To find tombstone inscriptions or burial records, it helps to know where an individual was buried. However, there are many indexes with wide location coverage.
  • Clues to burial places may be found in funeral notices, obituaries, church records, and death certificates.
  • Cemetery locations may be found on maps of the area. For information on maps, see the article about Maps.
  • Local genealogical periodicals may publish sexton’s records and transcripts of tombstone information. For information on periodicals, read the Periodicals article.
  • When death and burial records are difficult to find, contact a local library, historical society, or historian. They may have the records you seek or can help you locate obscure family plots or relocated cemeteries.
  • For information on archives and societies, read the Archives and Libraries and the Societies articles.

Additional Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

For online cemetery record listings in each state, see:

FamilySearch Library Collection[edit | edit source]

Often, this information has been transcribed, indexed, and published and is found in manuscripts and books in libraries and archives. The FamilySearch Library has copies of some of these books. Be aware that large cemeteries are transcribed in sections. Be sure to look to see if the transcription you are using is of the entire cemetery or just a section of it.

Sources are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog:

Searching by Locality[edit | edit source]

Or, enter the specific town in the Place Field.

Record Types[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records are especially helpful for identifying ancestors who were not recorded in other records, such as children who died young or women. They may also give clues to finding more information.

Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often give more information than church burial records and may include:

  • the deceased’s name,
  • age,
  • date of death or burial,
  • birth year or date of birth, and
  • sometimes marriage information.

They may also provide:

  • clues about an ancestor’s military service,
  • religion,
  • occupation,
  • place of residence at time of death, or
  • membership in an organization.

Burial Records[edit | edit source]

Burial records and plot books (cemetery plans) kept by cemetery officials are especially valuable when trying to find an ancestor who could not afford a gravestone or monument. The records and books are usually held in the cemetery’s administration office or by the local council or church.

Sexton’s records[edit | edit source]

Also known as register books, these records list the deceased’s name, date of death or burial, and plot number or description.

Plot Books and Cemetery Plans[edit | edit source]

These give a diagrammatic description of a cemetery. Each grave is shown by number with the name of the person buried there. These records may have been transcribed and listed in alphabetical order. By examining the original plot book or cemetery plan, rather than relying on alphabetized transcripts, you may find close relatives buried in adjoining plots.

Lone Graves[edit | edit source]

Because of the vast distances between settlements, many people who died en route to other localities were buried where they died. These types of burials are known as lone graves. Many of these lone graves have been located, and the known information has been transcribed and collected.

Station Burials[edit | edit source]

Many burials were on stations (ranches), which are small settlements on large tracts of grazing land. These burials were generally limited to family members or workers at the station. Station burials were on private ground, and seldom was burial information transcribed, except in a published family or local history.