A guide to family history research using the major Victorian resources
Cemetery records can refer to either monumental inscriptions or burial registers. Monumental inscriptions include memorial plaques, grave markers or monuments to the deceased, whilst burial registers or records are listing of burials for individual cemeteries. Cemetery records can be particulary useful for helping you identify full names, birthplace, dates and relationships. They may also provide a significant historical detail i.e. a soldier's rank and regiment.
A list of the cemeteries for which burial registers and monumental inscriptions are available can be found in the publication Family and local history sources in Victoria.
Many cemeteries have indexed their burial records or records of monumental inscriptions. Further down this page you will find a list on online indexes to such records. The following PDF document lists many of the cemeteries in Victoria and indicates whether their indexes are available online or can be accessed here in the library. For more comprehensive and current information please check the library catalogue.
The DHHS Cemetery Search can help you to find the names of cemeteries in a particular area, Searching by suburb or postcode will retrieve a map of the area, with known cemeteries listed. Click on each cemetery to display contact details.
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Burial registers and monumental inscriptions for individual Victorian cemeteries are also available in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Rooms on a range of formats - print, microfilm, microfiche and CD-ROM. Many registers are also available online. Open the attached document to display a comprehensive list of Victorian cemetery records.
A cumulative index to the monumental inscriptions in approximately 90 Victorian cemeteries is available on selected PCs in Newspapers and Family History Reading Rooms. It is also available on microfiche. Cemeteries include: