Birmingham’s first cemeteries, Key Hill and Warstone Lane, were open by the early 1840s, followed by municipal cemeteries from the 1860s. We hold microfilm copies of the indexes to burial registers of all municipal cemeteries in Birmingham. The burial register index shows the register entry number/grave register number, the name of the deceased and the date of burial. If you locate an individual on the register, you can then contact the relevant cemetery to enquire if any further documentation has survived.

A useful database of Birmingham council-run cemetery records covering the period from mid-19th century to the 20th century is available online. You can search under the name of your ancestor to see if they are included on the list. The index can help you identify which cemetery your ancestor was buried in, but there is a fee payable for accessing additional information.

Contact details for cemeteries and crematoria in Birmingham can be found in our cemeteries directory.

Page last updated: 6 February 2024

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