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Church Burial Plots

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Ken2 Report 30 May 2013 16:01

I know that churches kept burial records and some entries carry grave numbers, but most do not.

If, say, Mr & Mrs G died 5 years apart and the husband is shown in a burial register how can I be sure that an entry for Mrs G is the right one?

Municipal cemeteries keep both registers and grave records, the latter showing all the occupants of a particular grave so you know they are related [probably].

Basically my query is: Did/do churches hold similar records of plot numbers and the people in each plot? If so where would such information be found?


KathleenBell Report 30 May 2013 16:28

I think most probably do keep such records. They will be found either at the church (for more recent events) or at the relevant County Records Office.

We found the plot number from a disused church yard of my husband's young baby brother who died before hubby was born on the burial record at the county record office. It also gave us the name of a 2 year old girl who he was buried with (apparently a normal practice to put a young baby in a coffin of someone else being buried at the same time). This was in the 1940's.

Kath. x


Ken2 Report 30 May 2013 16:40


Just shows how useful these records can be, doesn't it.

I've got to phone a Records Office next week to book a visit to see some Overseers of the Poor Records, so will ask what church grave records they have there.




Reggie Report 30 May 2013 17:07

You would do better to specify which Church you are interested in...........or at least the specific town or village

.................they will be unlikely to be have time to give you a rundown of a list which may include several hundred churches


Cynthia Report 30 May 2013 17:21

Churches do indeed keep records of burials - they have burial registers and usually a note is made of the grave number .......I once mapped out a whole churchyard myself..... :-D

The records will either be held at the church or with the local archive. If you google the name of the church you are looking for, you may find the information you need.

Happy hunting!


Alemap Report 30 May 2013 17:44

Hi Ken. I note you have Lancs & Ches as places of interest.

Websites with burial information (not churches) (unavailable at the moment, but very useful site normally.)

and familysearch (parish records - churches)
Browse the parish records for the Manchester area includes parts of Cheshire and Yorkshire

Pam :-)


Ken2 Report 31 May 2013 09:28

Many thanks for all the advice.

Pam - I was aware of the very useful sites you mentioned but currently working on my wife's ancestors from Halifax, West Yorks, and hoping to visit Calderdale Archives soon.

Cynthia - Have looked at some registers but no grave numbers are given, that's why I wondered if there were also plot registers.



Cynthia Report 31 May 2013 11:11

Tuts.....very sloppy record keeping on the church's part. I would certainly contact the church in case they have kept a separate record in their safe. They need some sort of record because of graves being opened for new residents! Maybe you could email the vicar and see what he/she has to offer. Good luck.


GlasgowLass Report 31 May 2013 11:51

Found on a google search:
Calderdale Family History Society has a CD containing over 15,000 monumental inscriptions from 38 graveyards in the Halifax area.
It appears to be available at Brighouse Library?


Ken2 Report 1 Jun 2013 13:21

The monumental inscriptions on CD and book are listed on the Family History site:

but not many Halifax churches there. Will see what they have at Calderdale Archives when we visit.