Papua New Guinea Cemeteries

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Cemetery Records

Research use: Death information in other records is often meager. Used to distinguish adults and surviving children in parish registers, other family relationships. Chinese and other non-Christian cemeteries are particularly valuable due to a dearth of other records.

Record type: Lists of gravestone burial records, exhumations, sextons records, obituaries.

Time Period: 1871-present.

Content: Name, age, death and burial date and place, birth date and place, sometimes relatives.

Location: District and municipal archives, church archives, Chinese community associations, cemetery offices.

Population coverage: 10%.

Reliability: Good.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Papua New Guinea,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2000.