Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Birmingham Cemeteries Online

Birmingham is the UK's second most populous city, over one million inhabitants.

Warstone Lane Cemetery CatacombsThe City Council, has responsibility for cemeteries and crematoria at Brandwood End, Handsworth, Key Hill, Kings Norton, Lodge Hill, Quinton, Sutton Coldfield, Sutton New Hall, Warstone Lane, Witton and Yardley. They are listed at www.birmingham.gov.uk/cemeteries/. Don't be deceived by the statement "Browse records within Cemeteries and crematoria", it provides basic information on the facility, not those interred.

Key Hill (from 1836) and Warstone Lane (from 1848) were the first cemeteries. In October 2011 I blogged about the Jewellery Quarter Research Group (JQRG) putting online over 11,000 memorial inscriptions for Birmingham's Key Hill Cemetery. In the intervening years the group has been active. The website www.jqrt.org/ now has searchable databases of burials and memorial inscriptions for Warstone Lane in addition to Key Hill.

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry has an index to four cemeteries
Handsworth Cemetery (1909 – 2010) 73,982 names
Key Hill Cemetery (1836 – 2006) 60,069 names
Warstone Lane Cemetery (1848 – 2007) 91,707 names
Witton Cemetery (1863 – 2011) 467,659 names.

If you find someone of interest the Society offers a look-up service.

If you're looking for earlier burials try the National Burial Index, available through Findmypast, with 195,413 entries for Birmingham.

Also try the records of removal of graves and tombstones from disused and closed burial grounds and cemeteries, RG37, transcribed from TNA by Deceased Online. They are for Brandwood End Cemetery, Handsworth Cemetery, Lodge Hill Cemetery, Mayers Green Congregational Church (West Bromwich),  Sandwell Road (West Bromwich), Society of Friends Burial Ground, St Mary's Burial Ground, St Thomas Churchyard, Witton Cemetery,and Yardley Cemetery

For more recent burials try http://genealogy.birmingham.gov.uk/ wirh coverage since the mid 1990s and some earlier/

Find information on Jewish cemeteries at www.iajgs.org/cemetery/england/birmingham-west-midlands.html

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this compilation, John. I just found the cemetery one great-grandfather is buried in and will be able to visit the cemetery this spring. There were also a number of other more distant relations found.
Helen Billing