Register Database Searches

a cemetery memorial

Our records provide a valuable resource for family historians and other researchers.

Every burial since the cemetery opened on 21 January 1837 is recorded on a fully searchable computer database. The Database records over 10,200 different surnames in the cemetery Burial Registers including several variations of the now accepted spelling of a surname.

There is no public access to the database but the Genealogy Team will be pleased to carry out searches in response to enquiries.

Enquiries can be made by letter, telephone, email or personal visit to the cemetery on Fridays. It is helpful if you contact us before your visit so we can carry out research and any moderate grave clearing before your visit:

The more detail you can provide about the subject of enquiry the better. 

There is no charge for the initial Database Search and response (See ‘Charges’ Page).

small grave art: Our ‘Standard’ searches are:

      • Surnames. All people buried in York Cemetery with that Surname.
      • Individuals. Details of an individual person.
      • Grave Occupancy. Brief details of all people buried within a single grave.
      • We are also able to carry out, on request, Specialist Searches eg Occupation, Causes of Death, etc, etc. Please refer, also, to Facts and Figures.

        Following a search we can provide you with a Printout (See Charges Page) of the information held on the Register database.

    The following information is provided with each Printout:

    small grave art: a hand Surname Search Printout

  • Cemetery Register Number
  • Grave Number & Type
  • Death Date
  • Names & Ages of Individuals
  • Availability of Memorial Inscription and Person Photograph

small grave art: a rose Individual Printout

  • Name & Gender
  • Job/Status
  • Calculated Birth Year, Age at Death, Death and Burial Dates
  • Cause of Death (Up to 21 December 1927 only)
  • Details of Informant
  • Minister
  • Grave Number and Type
  • Grave Purchase details (Up to 1987 only and not available for Public, Second Class and Children’s Graves)
  • Cemetery Co-ordinates

small grave art: Grave Occupancy Printout

  • Cemetery Register Number
  • Grave Number and Type
  • Names of Individuals with Death Dates and Calculated Age
  • Grave Purchase details (Up to 1987 only and not available for Public, Second Class and Children’s Graves) 
  • Availability of Memorial Inscription and Person Photograph

small grave art : a crown Memorial Inscription Printout

Where a Memorial Inscription exists this will be provided with either an Individual or a Grave Occupancy Printout