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General Burial Info

Sheffield City Council - Cemetery Records
Until the 17th century people were usually buried in parish churchyards. After the 1689 Toleration Act Nonconformist and Jewish graveyards were opened and from 1800 separate Catholic graveyards were opened. 

Municipal Cemeteries of Sheffield
Sheffield City Council Cemetery Directory.  See also contact information and advice about cremations, cemeteries, burials and memorials and a link to Bereavement Services.

Timeline of Sheffield Burials
Sheffield & District Family History Society Time Line of Burials in Sheffield including non-conformist cemeteries. See also their list of Other Sheffield Burial Records indexed and other material available on CD.

Cemetery & Crematoria Records           
Sheffield Indexers list of where you can obtain Sheffield Cemetery and Crematoria Records.

Sheffield & Area Genealogy Sites          
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to more family history websites for villages surrounding Sheffield.

Probate Records & Family History (HMCS)
Probate is a process whereby some person or persons, usually the executor(s) of a Will if there was one, or one or more of the next-of-kin if there was no Will, are appointed in law to administer the estate of someone who has died. This is usually only necessary if the deceased person left fairly substantial assets, so don't expect to find any Probate record relating to the estate of a person who had little or no estate of their own. The Probate concept of 'estate' refers just to assets held in the sole name of the person who has died, and so Probate isn't necessary for the release of assets held jointly with another person.

Wills & Probate Records (Genuki)
The list of record offices who hold these can be found here. The National Probate indexes are available at Sheffield Archives on microfiche, if you live in the Sheffield area. You then can apply to York for the actual Will once you have ascertained whether he left one at a cost of £5 The Postal Searches & Copies Dept, York Probate Sub-Registry, 1st Floor, Castle Chambers, Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RG [thank you Angela for the instructions].

Yorkshire Wills & Probate Registers Index
The Borthwick Institute for Archives is one of the biggest archive respositories outside London. They have collected archives from all around the world, from the 12th century to the present day.  There are probate records (wills, inventories, administration bonds and other related records) at the Borthwick from the late 14th century until January 1858, when the business of granting probate was removed from the church and transferred to a new civil probate court. The series is only broken for the period of the Commonwealth (1653-60) when probate business was removed to a central court in London, but that is not to say all wills proved in the York courts survive among the records.

Cemetery Research Group FAQ's for UK
The principal aim of the CRG is to expand an understanding of current and past burial culture in the modern period in the UK, by studying the ways in which social, emotional and religious concerns have interacted with economic and political imperatives to frame burial practice. This website has been designed to provide an introduction to cemeteries in the UK, and also to point towards other useful sources for this subject.
 

Obituaries & Newspapers                                    << Back to Top >> 

Deaths in Yorkshire Newspapers
Transcription by Jeff Knaggs of selected of newspapers covering the entire county published in the first three months of 1901. Beginning with lists of people who had died just before the 1901 census. In the second phase of the project, Jeff is extending the date range forward and back, selecting the most useful newspapers first. This is an open-ended project that will continue, quite slowly, over the coming years.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Local current Sheffield newspaper online. Using the 'Contact us' link they may be able to search back issues for Obituaries or other information you need.

Obituaries - 1894
Obituaries from the The Local Register as taken from the Sheffield Independent.

Marriages & Obits (Notices)
The Sheffield Independent - July 15 1905 - courtesy of Ann Halford

Sheffield Telegraph (Announcements)
Births, Forthcoming Marriages, Marriage, Deaths, In Memoriam, Acknowledgements for Saturday March 13, 1943 - courtesy of Ann Halford

Sheffield Newspaper Collections
The titles below are available in the University of Sheffield Main Library. Please note that holdings are incomplete. Volumes and titles not included may be held elsewhere locally (e.g. sets of the Sheffield Independent and the Sheffield (Daily) Telegraph are held on microfilm in the City Library Local Studies Section). Iris (Sheffield), Sheffield Courant, Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Sheffield Mercury and Hallamshire Advertiser, Sheffield Register and Sheffield Times.

Sheffield Register (1787 - 1794)
The first edition of the Sheffield Register was published in Sheffield by Joseph Gales on 9th June 1787. Gales pioneered the idea of a newspaper which gave extensive coverage to local issues while reporting on major national stories. Unlike most provincial newspapers, the Sheffield Register did not rely on copying articles that had first appeared in London journals. Copies of the newspapers can be found at the Sheffield Local Studies Library.

Yorkshire Post
The Yorkshire Post is one of Britain's oldest and most respected newspapers, founded in 1754 as the Leedes Intelligencer.

Current Sheffield Newspapers & More
Sheffield Indexers links to current Sheffield newspapers, Websites and more.

History of British Newspapers - 18th Century
The British Library's Concise History of the British Newspaper in the Eighteenth Century.

 

Sheffield Burial Records                                    << Back to Top >> 

Burial Records          
Sheffield Indexers online searchable database for City Road, St. Michael's Roman Catholic and Wadsley Church Cemeteries - transcription and indexing ongoing.

BMD Certificate Index          
If you have a lot of Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates and are wondering what to do with them, why not index them where they can be seen by your potential Rellies.

Other Sheffield Burial Records - SDFHS
Sheffield & District Family History Society list indexed burial records and other material available on CD.  See also their Timeline list of Sheffield Burials - including non-conformist & cemeteries as well as searchable online databases by the Sheffield & District Family History Society.

Cemetery & Crematoria Records           
Sheffield Indexers list of where you can obtain Sheffield Cemetery and Crematoria Records.

Sheffield General Cemetery
History of the Cemetery and the people buried there. See also more info for Sheffield General Cemetery and
 [Photos].

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
See their page for downloadable data records. Some of these files can be browsed (just click where indicated) , others have to be downloaded to your PC. Records for Sheffield, England include; The Central Synagogue - cemetery internment lists and Bowden Street Jewish Cemetery.

Stannington Roll of Honour, 1914 - 1920
In Memory of those who gave their lives in World War One.

National Burial Index - West Yorkshire
Burial records by city, town/village, and by burial ground within that municipality (available on CD). 

National Burial Index
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company.  It is conducting the transcription and computerization of Burial records mainly by members of the Federation of Family History Societies throughout
Britain. You can also contact the local Family History Societies for more details [for Sheffield see SDFHS].

National Burial Index - 2
It is not a complete index to all burials, but represents an enormous effort by Family History Societies and Groups over 10 years to make available a large amount of information easily searchable in your own home. The information provided in the National Burial Index is taken from parish, non-conformist, Roman Catholic and cemetery registers where available. A bar graph is provided showing the count of people included in the Index for each year from 1538 to 2000.
 

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Sheffield Memorial
Photos of the Sheffield Memorial and other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc from Roll of Honour.com website dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.

Sheffield Cholera Monument & Clay Wood
The Monument Grounds are the burial ground for most of the victims of the cholera outbreak of 1832, in which over 400 people died. The pleasure gardens were first laid out around the 1850ís. Clay Wood is adjacent to Cholera Monument Grounds and affords among many things fine views over the city, the Norfolk Heritage Trail and Master Cutler's Grave.

Stannington Roll of Honour, 1914 - 1920
In Memory of those who gave their lives in World War One.

Tombstones & Monumental Inscriptions
Photographic record of the various churches, churchyards, graveyards and cemeteries.

Lest We Forget
Sheffield Indexers' collection of photos from various memorials for British and Commonwealth soldiers including; Leers (France), The Menin Gate, Ypres (Belgium), Railway Chateau British Cemetery (Belgium), Thiepval (France), Tyne Cot, Ypres (Belgium) and Vimy Ridge (France).

Military Links
Sheffield Indexers' collection of Military Links including Museums and Monuments pertaining to Wars and Conflicts.
 

Parish & Cemetery Maps                                    << Back to Top >> 

Sheffield Parish Maps
Old Parish maps of Sheffield and Sheffield North.

Cemetery Maps
Local maps and photos of Sheffield Cemeteries and Churches including; Abbey Lane, Attercliffe (Hill Top, Municipal), Burncross, Burngreave, Sheffield Cathedral, Christ Church (Attercliffe), City Road, Crookes, Crookes Congregational, Darnall, Ecclesall, Ecclesfield, General, Handsworth, Intake, Loxley, St John the Baptist, St John's (Park), St Mary's (Walkley), St Michael's, St Thomas, St Timothy's, Stocksbridge, Tinsley Park Cemetery, Wadsley, Wardsend and Woodhouse.

Street Index, Maps, Boundaries
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to maps, street indexes, surveys, regional and city boundaries and more.

A Church Near You
Website with online searchable database for current Churches in England, Dioceses, Churches in Continental Europe, Services and Events, Features and Facilities. It will also draw the current boundaries of that parish on the map - in progress.

 

Sheffield Cemeteries & Photos                                    << Back to Top >>

Municipal Cemeteries of Sheffield
Sheffield City Council Cemetery Directory.  See also contact information and advice about cremations, cemeteries, burials and memorials and a link to Bereavement Services.

Cemetery & Church Photos
Local maps and photos of Sheffield Cemeteries and Churches including; Abbey Lane, Attercliffe (Hill Top, Municipal), Burncross, Burngreave, Sheffield Cathedral, Christ Church (Attercliffe), City Road, Crookes, Crookes Congregational, Darnall, Ecclesall, Ecclesfield, General, Handsworth, Loxley, St John the Baptist, St John's (Park), St Mary's (Walkley), St Michael's, St Thomas, St Timothy's, Stocksbridge, Tinsley Park Cemetery, Wadsley, Wardsend and Woodhouse.

Friends of Walkley
Environmental action around South Yorkshire in partnership with Walkley St Mary's church, to promote the practical conservation, improvement and use of Walkley Cemetery. Email Irving Smith for further information.  [Photos]

Friends of Wardsend Cemetery
Website of the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery.
 [Photos]

Attercliffe Chapel (Hill Top)
History of the Cemetery and [Photos].

Burngreave Cemetery
Established in 1860 under The Burial Act, The Brightside Bierlow Cemetery, as it was named, was built on a 27-acre package of land comprising part of the ancient woods of Burn Greave, a quarry, mines and shale pits. It became Burngreave Cemetery in 1900 when the City Council took over its responsibility.

City Road Cemetery (Sheffield City Council)
Search for City Road Cemetery for a history of the Cemetery. Search the recordsSee also more info for City Road Cemetery and
 [Photos]

Crookes Cemetery
History of the Cemetery. See also more info and
 [Photos]

General Cemetery, Sheffield
History of the Cemetery and the people buried there. See also more info for Sheffield General Cemetery and
 [Photos].

Tinsley Park Cemetery
History of the Cemetery. See also more info.

Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham
Following outbreaks of cholera in Rotherham in the early and mid 19th century, which had caused hundreds of deaths in the town, it was becoming clear that Rotherham township would soon need a new burial ground. The old church yard at Rotherham Parish Church was overflowing with half buried bodies and there was no room for expansion around the church for further burials.

Lest We Forget
Sheffield Indexers' collection of photos from various memorials for British and Commonwealth soldiers including; Leers (France), The Menin Gate, Ypres (Belgium), Railway Chateau British Cemetery (Belgium), Thiepval (France), Tyne Cot, Ypres (Belgium) and Vimy Ridge (France).
 

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