Australia, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, Cemetery Inscriptions - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, 1800-1960
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|Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
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|Location of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Record Type||Cemetery Inscriptions|
|Greenwich Library - Local History and Genealogy|
What is in This Collection?
The records includes index cards of inscriptions found in cemeteries in Australia. Most entries are actual monumental inscriptions from cemeteries, while other entries were taken from burial registers. The majority of cemeteries are public ones in New South Wales, yet other States and Territories are represented. The cemeteries included were not transcribed completely.
These records are handwritten transcriptions and do not list Cemetery locations within the content and need to be viewed on the cards. There are many errors in transcriptions and as such cannot be relied on for accuracy.
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 not in agreement in their entries and the search in this collection has not always succeeded because of this.
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 had not been 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.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of Deceased
- Age of Deceased
- Date and Place of Death
- Date and Place of Birth
- Names of Parents
- Name of Spouse
- Names of Children
- Years in Australia
- Cemetery and Manner of Burial
- Names of Witnesses
- Source of Information
Digital Folder Number ListThis collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Australia, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, Cemetery Inscriptions Digital Folder Number List.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Given name and surname
- Place of death
Search the IndexSearch by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the ImagesTo view images in this collection:
- Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
- Go to the Browse Page
- Select the Film number to view the images
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Add any new information to your records
- Search for death records
- Search for death or burial information in the BillionGraves Index or at Find A Grave
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
- Search the records of nearby areas
- Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Australia.
Citing This Collection
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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