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Cemetery records

Cemeteries

Cemeteries came into common use from the mid-19th Century, when church graveyards were overcrowded. The Burial Acts of 1852 and 1853 enabled local authorities to administer their own cemeteries, mostly located on the outskirts of towns or cities where land was cheap. Usually district, town or parish councils own, manage and administer cemeteries. Church law applies to churchyards, but not to cemeteries, although cemeteries may be partially or wholly consecrated.

Finding and using cemetery records at Shropshire Archives?

Records for Shrewsbury General Cemetery, Longden Road 1856-1997, are on microfiche so please book in advance.

Many records are part of district authority (DA) collections. These are kept off-site so please order these at least one week in advance.  You need a Reader’s Ticket to view these items.

Shropshire burial indexes, available on CD rom in the Reading Room, include some cemetery records.

The Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society has published memorial inscriptions for the following parish cemeteries:

  • Churchstoke (MR/MI/34)
  • Buttington (MR/MI/51)
  • Guilsfield (MR/MI/39)
  • Tregynon new cemetery (MR/MI/13)

These are all available in the Reading Room.

Information in other places

Oswestry Town Council holds the Oswestry Cemetery records, and a burials database is now available online.

The Billion graves project covers many cemeteries and you can search for images of gravestones on FindMyPast.

Check out our short guide to cemetery records on our printable source guides page. This gives contact details for records held elsewhere as well as more about the records held at here.

Crematoria

Information in other places

For cremation records in Shrewsbury, visit our Bereavement Service pages.

There is also a crematorium in Telford.

Church graveyards

Finding and using graveyard records at Shropshire Archives?

Churchyards are traditional places of burial which are generally located next to churches and owned by the Church of England.

We have a series of monumental inscriptions (MIs) to gravestones, mostly compiled by the Shropshire Family History Society on the open shelves in our Reading Room.  Other MIs can be found by searching our online catalogue.

We hold burial registers for most Anglican churches in Shropshire.  You can search most of the Shropshire parish and some non-conformist registers up to 1900 on the Find My Past website. Sometimes plans of churchyards are in the parish records. Again, search our online catalogue.