Australia Cemetery Inscriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery Inscriptions
Collection years 1802-2005
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
National Library of Australia

What Is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 1802-2005.

This collection 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.

Collection Contents

Sample Images

Cemetery inscriptions may contain the following information:

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

How Do I Search the Collection?

This section provides information on how to search the collection and some tips on how to find records.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname and some identifying information such as estimated death year.

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 "Letter" category
⇒ Select the "Name range" category 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

There may be more than one person in the records with the same name. You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

“Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Cemetery offices, Australia.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005.