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About Greater London Burials 1545-1909

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These indexes cover the City of London, Middlesex and South London (metropolitan Surrey) parishes, and include well over half a million burials. The indexes are covered by two searches:
  • Middlesex & City of London Burials Index 1560-1909
  • South London Burials Index 1545-1905
This collection can help you locate individuals who were living in Greater London at a particular time, i.e. before the date of their death. It is also likely (though you cannot be 100% sure) that they had been living in the area where they were buried. So if you suspect an ancestor might have been living in Greater London, searching these records may help confirm this.

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) transformed genealogical research, and made the tracing of ancestry much easier. However the IGI covers mainly baptisms, with a few marriages and no burials at all. English parish burial registers after 1813 almost always include the age at death. This is a vital detail in the further tracing of the family, but actually to find an entry is very difficult. There will rarely be any tradition or other evidence to guide you to a date. In most cases, the ancestor could have died aged anything between 25 and 100. Nowhere is tracing a burial more difficult than in the City of London, where there are so many registers to search. There are 98 burial registers, or series of registers in the City area for the period 1813-1857. Burials were ended by official order in most parishes in 1853 and in all by 1857. Many had ceased or virtually ceased to have burials for 10-15 years prior to that. To search all these registers for an ancestor would be a daunting and probably fruitless task, since the majority of burials took place outside the city.

Cliff Webb began work in 1978 on a general index to these burials. Because of the serious deficiencies in the pre-1866 death indexes at the Family Records Centre, the index carries right on to the end of the burial registers, rather than ending in 1837.
Middlesex & City of London Burials Index 1560-1909
Middlesex & City of London Burials Index covers over 169,000 burials for the period 1560-1909, with a handful later (9 records up to 1965); of these, 36,000 burials are for the City of London, primarily for the period 1813-1854 with a handful earlier (22 burials from 1781 to 1811) and later (29 from 1855 to 1904).

The Middlesex Burials index records contains surname and forename, age where given in the register, year of burial, parish and additional info / notes, which may include information such as addresses, parents names and other personal details.

The City of London Burials contain surname, forename, age as given in the register, year of burial (and in the case of St Sepulchre only, the month), and parish name are given. The parishes are all in the City proper, except Charterhouse Chapel (Finsbury), St Mark Myddelton Square (Clerkenwell) and St Thomas Charterhouse (Finsbury), which although just outside the City are small entities, easily missed by searchers.

Middlesex & City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts, Years & References
South London Burials Index 1545-1905
South London Burials Index lists over 389,000 burials for the period 1545-1905, with a handful (18) up to 1957 and 1 for 1980.

The index contains Surname, Forename, Relationship, Abode, Occupation, Age, Died, Where Buried, Maiden Name, Notes.

Of the total 389,530 records, 231,765 have an abode mentioned. Of these, 6,915 refer to counties other than Surrey, 5,863 refer to places in Middlesex or City of London, and 626 mention places in Kent, but these are mainly places in South London, just over the border from Surrey, e.g. Blackheath, Deptford, Greenwich.

It is almost certain than the number of London and Middlesex entries is understated, for in many records the abode is ambiguous, e.g. a street name which may well be north of the river. For this reason, we recommend also searching the Middlesex & City of London Burial Index.

South London Burials: Parishes, Periods & Counts
Cliff Webb was greatly aided by various members of West Surrey, West Middlesex and North Middlesex Family History Societies, especially by Connie Foulds of West Surrey FHS. Gordon Lickfold transcribed, typed and indexed the very large parish of St Sepulchre. Rosemary Cleaver undertook the enormous and very frustrating task of scanning the whole into a computer, and combining the two typescript parts into one alphabetical sequence. In this she was aided by June Rudman, Kate Maslen and Peter Cleaver who checked the material as she produced it. The whole index is therefore now held in electronic form. Tim Wilcock prepared the original typescript index for microfiche publication, typed the first version of the notes on this index.

© 1991, 1997 Cliff Webb, 2007, 2013 Cliff Webb and

See also:  Help searching - Greater London Burials
  Middlesex & City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and Years covered
  South London Burials: Parishes, Periods & Counts
  About the author - Cliff Webb
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