Australia, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, Cemetery Inscriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Cemetery inscriptions in Sydney Genealogical Branch Library, 1800-1960 .

Collection Time Period

Information included covers the approximate years of 1800-1960.

Record Description

Extraction information was originally entered into books, but individual entries were later transferred to cards. The cards are arranged alphabetically within each cemetery. The transcription accounts were sometimes inconsistent in their entries and the search in Record Search collection has not always succeeded because of this. Record Search is attempting to identify and improve search for all entries. The card entries have been found to succeed.

Record Content

Some key genealogical information found in the cemetery inscriptions are:
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  • Name of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children
  • When and where the deceased was born,
  • When and where died,
  • Source of information

How to Use the Records

Use information from tombstones to locate death certificates which may have additional information. Also date of birth and names of parents and place of birth, if available, can be used to search for additional birth information

Record History

This cemetery transcription collection was begun approximately in 1950 by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, residing primarily in New South Wales and Queensland. Most information is extracted from the monuments, but extractions from a few burial registers are included. Each cemetery was not necessarily transcribed completely. Some transcribers only did those monuments for which they had a particular interest. The majority of the cemeteries are public cemeteries with only a few churchyards transcribed. Some tombstones may not have survived. Therefore, population coverage is not comprehensive.

Why This Collection Was Created?

This collection was created to more readily to assist in locating a grave of someone buried in New South Wales.

Record Reliability

Information taken from the monuments is probably fairly reliable, although it is possible that some mistakes were made in transcription. Birth information on the monuments is only as reliable as the knowledge of the person responsible for the gravestone at the time of death.

The indexing of this collection was undertaken by volunteers in the USA. An Australian manuscript date entry of 3/5 (meaning 3 May) may therefore appear as 5 March when indexed by someone in America. Caution should therefore be exercised on the reliability of dates in the index.

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Related Wiki Articles

Australia Cemeteries

Contributions to This Article

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Sources of information for This Collection

"Cemetery Inscriptions in Sydney Branch Genealogical Library", 1800-1960, database, FamilySearch, 2009; compiled by the LDS Sydney Branch Library in Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia. Cemetery Inscriptions in Sydney Branch Library, 1800-1960. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia. FHL microfilm, 14 reels. Family History Library, Salt lake City, Utah, USA.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again.  It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information , including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records thatyou have searched is found in the Wiki Article:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

"Cemetery Inscriptions in Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, 1800-1960."  Database and images, FamilySearch  (www.familysearch,org: accessed March 18, 2011). entry for Fanny Marie Manining, died 22 Sept 1841; citing Cemetary Records, FHL film  41171117; Sydney Branch Geneological Library, Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia.