Australia Cemetery Inscriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery Inscriptions
Collection years 1802-2005
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National Library of Australia


What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1802-2005. It contains cards of cemetery inscriptions from many cemeteries throughout Australia. The majority of the cemeteries are in Queensland, but there are some in New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Tasmania, and Western Australia. Some cards include information culled from local newspapers. The file was the product of many years of work by genealogists.

These records are handwritten transcriptions, so there may be transcription errors.

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.

These records are useful in identifying children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents. They are helpful in establishing family relationships and locating family members.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Cemetery inscriptions may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date of birth and death
  • Names of relatives

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Your ancestor's estimated death year

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Australian Cemeteries Index page
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in Australia Deaths and Burials records
Probate Records
  • You may be able to use the information found in these records to estimate a date of death
  • Search for death records
  • Search for death or burial information in the BillionGraves Index or at Find A Grave
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Search the records of nearby areas

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • They might have been listed under a middle name
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 24 January 2018. From "Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005." Database and images. Jim and Alison Rogers : n.d. Citing various cemeteries, Australia.

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