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I welcome comments and questions from visitors to the website and have enjoyed corresponding with many people from around the world. Most questions asked are genealogical; please note that this is not a genealogical site, and my main interest is in the topography and history of London. For the most part I am interested in the sites, not the people who are buried in them.
   Having said that, it is often possible to offer a few ideas and suggestions to at least get people started on the trail.  These notes may help in a general way.

  Virtually all of the churchyards and small burial grounds in London were shut in 1850s because of gross overcrowding. The first cemeteries were opened on the outskirts of the city from the 1830s onwards. Anyone buried in London after the 1850s will have been buried in a cemetery. For information of cemeteries click here.

  Registers of birth, marriage and death were kept in parish records until 1837; civil registration began after this date. Place of burial is not included in these records.
  Up until the closure of the church grounds, the parish  will have kept burial records. These are far from complete, and some were lost during wartime bombing. Those that remain are kept at the London Metropolitan Archive: go to the links page to link directly to the LMA. They publish on line an invaluable resource about researching ancestors in London.

  Cemetery records are generally kept by the administrating local authority. There is a very useful and inexpensive booklet,
Greater London Cemeteries and Crematoria, by Patricia Wolfston, revised by Cliff Webb, (Reference #1050z) published by the Society of Genealogists, ( www.sog.org.uk) That explains where the various cemetery records are kept.
Until the cemeteries came along burials will have taken place within the parish, with the exception of Jewish, Catholic and some dissenting burials, which had their own grounds. (Catholic after around 1810.) Families could choose any cemetery, though by and large they would have gone for the nearest to the family home, which gives a starting point. Someone dying in Islington in the 1880s would almost certainly have been buried in the Islington Cemetery, for example.
  Gravestones are rarely of any assistance in locating a grave in a churchyard or church burial ground. Most have been cleared to make grass-cutting possible, or so that the ground can be used for another purpose. Those that remain, usually stacked around the walls, are nearly always unreadable after 150 years of air pollution. Remember too that that only some would be rich enough to have a gravestone, and that the bulk of the population will have ended up in a common, unmarked grave. In many cases the same ground will have been used over and over again.

I hope you have found these notes helpful.

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