Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Queensland,  Australia
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Location of Queensland, Australia
Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1802-1990
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Private collection of Jim and Alison Rogers, Bargara

What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from 1802 to 1990.

The records include an index which combines several other indexes, cemetery transcriptions, burial and other records from cemeteries in Queensland. In addition other cemeteries are included from outside Queensland. The cemetery records are not complete.

Cemetery records often give more information than church burial records. 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 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. In Australia, the first cemetery is reported to have been in Sydney in 1788.

This information has been transcribed, indexed, and published and is found in manuscripts and books in libraries and archives.

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 a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1989.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Cemetery records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Age of deceased
  • Birth date of deceased
  • Gender
  • May include names of father and mother
  • May include name of spouse
  • Name of cemetery
  • Date and place of burial

How Do I Search This Collection?

This section provides information on how to search the collection, what to do with information once found, some tips on how to find records, and what to do if no record is found.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "State"
⇒Select the appropriate "City, Record Category"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Year Range, Volume Number" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

  • Use the estimated age at burial to calculate a birth date
  • Pay attention to those buried near your ancestor, especially individuals sharing a surname, as they are sometimes relatives
  • Use the date of burial to locate other records such as a death certificate or obituary

Tips to Keep in Mind

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.

Individuals were usually buried in a church, community, or private cemetery near the place where they lived or died.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Try looking for a nickname for that ancestor, the nickname could be a shorter name for the deceased. Such as Joe for Joseph or Geo for George etc
  • Search for a death certificate. Sometimes death certificates list the cemetery, undertaker, or location of burial
  • Obituaries may also provide information on burial, such as burial location, cemetery, or date

Known Issues With This Collection

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a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Private collection of Jim and Alison Rogers, Bargara.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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