Wales Cemeteries

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Jewish Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • JewishGen has a database to check for Jewish Cemeteries.

Military Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Individual Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • Wrexham gov Wrexham Cemetery. A computerized record of all interments from 1876 to the present day is maintained in the cemetery office.
  • Cathays Cemetery
  • Genealogy Cardiff's bereavement services includes an extensive Genealogy area.
  • Oystermouth Cemetery Oystermouth cemetery covers approximately 28 acres in the Mumbles area of the city and was opened for burials in 1883.
  • Danygraig Cemetery Danygraig cemetery covers around 20 acres in the east of Swansea and was opened for burials in 1856.
  • Cwmgelli Cemetery Cwmgelli cemetery covers around 8 acres in the Treboeth area of Swansea and it was opened for burials in 1896.
  • Coedgwilym Cemetery Coedgwilym cemetery is located in Clydach. Burial records for the cemetery are available from 8th April 1920.
  • Rhydgoch Cemetery Rhydgoch cemetery is located south of Pontarddulais in a semi rural area. Burial records are available for the cemetery from 1907.
  • Kingsbridge Cemetery Kingsbridge cemetery is located on the edge of Gorseinon. Burial records for the cemetery are available from 2nd April 1935.
  • Cardiff Natural Burials Cardiff and the Vale.
  • Newport Gov Newport City Council is responsible for three public cemeteries situated at: Caerleon, Christchurch, and St Woolos.
  • Bridgend Gov Bridgend County Borough Council is the burial authority for eleven cemeteries and three churchyards. They are listed on the website.

Additional Resources at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

To find cemetery records for Northern Ireland in the FamilySearch Catalog follow these steps:

  1. Go to the FamilySearch Catalog
  2. Enter: Wales in the Place box
  3. Click on: Search
  4. Click on: Places within Wales
  5. Click on: Cemeteries

If you don't find an entry for Cemeteries, you may need to go to a smaller jurisdiction by using Places within Wales a second time.

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Monumental Inscriptions[edit | edit source]

Why use this source: Monumental inscriptions often name more than one family member and their relationships. Sometimes the information may be difficult or impossible to find in other sources.[1]

Online resources:

  1. (search for the word "monumental" or the county where the deceased was buried then browse the list of options to search)
  2. (start with the name search then add filters for United Kingdom & Wales)

Onsite resources:

  1. Search WorldCat for the burial location, subject of cemeteries or monumental inscriptions. This website will show the library closest to you with a selected publication.
  2. sells transcripts & indexes for some family history societies
  3. Welsh family history societies have recorded monumental inscriptions and sell the details for a small fee through their websites.

Dates covered for this record: Most date from the late 1700s to the present.

Content: The information varies but as a minimum expect to find names and dates. It is not unusual to find three or four people named and often a farm or house name.[2]

Welsh language: Monumental inscriptions in Welsh may be interpreted with Google Translate and the Wales Gravestones page.

Tips and strategies[edit | edit source]

  • Find the death and/or burial details first.
  • Start with published information if possible unless you live near the graveyard.
  • No complete collection of monumental inscriptions exists online or in print. You may need to try several options, even visiting the graveyard yourself.
  • Visit the cemetery personally to verify what was published or record information not available in other ways.
  • Reading monumental inscriptions early in the morning or late afternoon may help highlight inscriptions making them easier to read.
  • Look at all the graves near the specific one you are interested in. Relatives are often buried near other family members although the surnames may be different due to marriage.
  • If a burial is not found, consider that it may have happened further from where a person lived than you expect.
  • In some cases inscriptions were recorded many years ago, before erosion had damaged the stones. These early transcripts may be available at a local library or archive.

More Details About Cemeteries and Monumental Inscriptions[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records (including burial records, monumental or memorial inscriptions), sometimes provide birth, marriage, death, and occupational information. They sometimes give clues to military service, residence, and cause of death.

To find cemetery records, you need to know where an individual was buried. The person may have been buried in a church, city, or public cemetery—usually near the place where he or she lived or died. You can find clues to burial places in church records, death certificates, or family histories.

Before the Burial Acts of 1852 and 1853, most people were buried in church cemeteries. If the person was buried in a church cemetery, you may need to use church burial records.

Welsh family history societies are transcribing the cemetery inscriptions from their local areas. Some societies have also compiled the indexes from several cemeteries. Check with the society in your area of interest to learn more about their work.

It is also possible to gain access to cemetery inscriptions through the Internet. There are lists of people on the Internet who volunteer to search various types of records for certain areas free of charge. You can locate these lists through the GENUKI website at:

From the above site:

  • Click [County of your choice]
  • Click Genealogy
  • Click Look-up Exchange

The Family History Library has copies of many transcriptions of cemetery inscriptions including many from Glamorgan, Gwynedd, Dyfed, Clwyd and Gwent. Look in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


The following inventory will identify cemetery records which may not be found in the FamilySearch Catalog:

  • Smith, Frank. Smith’s Inventory of Genealogical Sources: Wales. 14 vols. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1994. (Family History Librarybook 942.9 D23s; fiche 6110529;). This is a subject and surname index to items within selected periodicals, books, and films.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

  1. Awbery, G. M. Tracing family history in Wales: how to read the inscriptions on Welsh gravestones. Llwyndyrys: Llygad Gwalch. 2010.
  2. Greenwood, Val D. The researcher's guide to American genealogy. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co. 1990.
  3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Research Outline: Wales (Salt Lake City: Corporation of the President, 2000), 13.