Death & Burial Records
Death Indexes (BMD Indexes)
The Death indexes are lists of people, arranged by surname, in the quarter in which the event occurred (Jan - Mar, Apr - Jun, Jul - Sep, Oct - Dec), from 1837 to the current day. Different amounts of information are available depending on the type of index and the date it was recorded.
E.g. If Mabel Smith died on February 2nd 1892 her entry would be found in the first quarter of the year 1892, under Smith. What must be remembered when using these registers, however is that you have 6 weeks to register an event and so someone who died in December 1892 might also be found in the first quarter of 1893. Different events have different amounts of information available to view, as do different dates.
Mabel Smith, who died in 1837, would have a Surname, Forenames (or initials), District of Registration, Volume and Folio Number.
Smith, Mabel S Sittingbourne 2b 356
The letters and numbers at the end of the entry tell you the volume the event is registered in, and the page number. This is important to note if you wish to send off for the birth certificate. from 1866 onwards the records also contain the age of the person.
Smith, Mabel S 82 Sittingbourne 2b 356
It is also worth mentioning that there are two versions of these indexes, from the General Register Office and the Local Register Office. The original lists are held by the Local Register Offices and were then transcribed into a central index at the General Register Office. As with all human transcriptions mistakes were made and omissions occurred. If you can't find your ancestor in the GRO index it is always worth consulting a LRO index!
Burial records have been kept by English churches since the Sixteenth Century and while some have been lost or damaged over time many are available for researchers to view. These can be availble from your local archive centre, the National Archives at Kew, online, or can be purchased on CD.
Burial records can include:
County, Place, Church, Register entry number, Date of burial, Forename, Relationship (e.g. wife of, son of, daughter of, widow of), Surname, Age at death, Abode, Notes (other notes may include additional information such as occupation, if stated).
Please see our Local Churches and Parishes Page for help on locating where your ancestors may be buried.
Local Churchyards, Cemeteries and Monument Inscription Transcriptions
These are the inscriptions found on local tombstones and memorials. Please see our Local Churches and Parishes Page for help on locating where your ancestors may be buried.
Borden Churchyard (St Peter & St Paul's) Monument and Tombstone Inscriptions Part of Sittingbourne Heritage Museum Website. Contains the following surnames:
ABBOTT, AKHURST, ALEXANDER, APPS, ATTWOOD, AUSTIN, BAKER, BARBER, BARNARD, BARNES, BARRETT, BARROW, BASSETT, BATCHELOR, BEANE, BEAUMONT, BELTON, BIGG, BOURN, BOURNE, BRETT, BRISSENDEN, BROUMFIELD, BROWN, BRYANT, BURBRIDGE, BURR, CAMBER, CAPELING, CARUTHERS, CAUDELL, CHAPMAN, CHEESEMAN, CHITTENDEN, CLINCH, CLOUT, COKER, COLCHIN, COLLINS, CORE, COVENEY, CRAYDEN, CRESTED, CROUCHER, CULMER, DAVIS, DAY, DENNEHY, DICKINGS, DURTNALL, DUTNALL, EALDON, EARLL, ELLIS, EPPS, EVENS, EWELL, FERRELL, FERRETT, FITZGERALD, FITZWATER, FLACK, FOORD, FORSTER, FRIAR, GATLAND, GEORGE, GOODHEW, GOUGE, GRANT, GRAY, GREENSTED, HALES, HALL, HALSON, HANDFORD, HARMAN, HARRIS, HART, HENHAM, HICKLING, HILLS, HODGES, HOLLANDS, HOLLIS, HOMEWOOD, HONEY, HONEYBORNE, HOPPER, HORTON, HOVENDEN, HUGHES, HUMPHRIES, INGRAM, JARRETT, JEFFREYS, JESSOP, JONES, JUDGES, KEALE, KEMSLEY, KINGSNORTH, KITCHINGHAM, KITNEY, KNIGHT, KNOWLES, LARKIN, LACEY, LEDGER, LEGG, LEVY, LOFT, LONG, LORD, LUCKHURST, MACCULLOCH, MACKELDEN, MANKTELOW, MARSH, MARTIN, MASON, MATSON, MAXTED, MEDHURST, MEERS, MERTON, MILLEN, MILLER, MILLINER, MILLS, MILSTED, MOON, MOORE, MUSGRAVE, NEALE, NORRINGTON, NUNN, PACK, PACKMAN, PANKHURST, PANTON, PARKER, PAYNE, PENNEY, PHIPPS, POPE, PRATT, PRENTIS, PRESCOTT, PRESTON, PRINGLE, PUTWAIN, RAYFIELD, REYNOLDS, RIDDLE, ROCKEELL, RUSSELL, SAVAGE, SAYWELL, SCOONES, SEAGER, SELLEN, SHARP, SHERBON, SHERLOCK, SIMMONS, SKINNER, SMITH, SNOARD, SOUTHON, SPITTLE, STEELE, STEERS, TASSELL, THOMAS, THORPE, TIDY, TONGE, TOWN, TRESS, TUKE, TYLER, USHER, VALLANCE, VALLENS, VERRALL, VINCENT, VINSON, WALKER TAYLOR, WATERS, WATSON, WHATFORD, WHITEHEAD, WHITNALL, WILSON, WISE, WOODFINE, YOUNG, BENTLEY, FLACK, FUGGLE, HONEYSETT, JORDAN, MAY, NORRINGTON, PERCIVAL, SELLEN, SMITH, STEERS, TYMAN, WINCH, BRADLEY, DE LA BILLIERE, IGGULDSON, THOMPSON, WESZELLI
Bredgar Churchyard (St John The Baptist)
Isle of Sheppey
Halfway Cemetery, Sheerness - An index of the burials at Halfway Cemetery, Sheerness. (or can be viewed at Sheerness Library).
Sheerness War Memorial (Army)
Sheerness War Memorial (Royal Navy)
Milton Burial Records (Old and New Grounds - Holy Trinity) - transcription available to purchase from our shop. Or view the microfilm records in our research room. The following surnames feature in the transcription. Abrahams, Ackhurst, Acrist, Adams, Adsley, Akhurst, Alchin, Aldridge, Alexander, Alford, Allchin, Allen, Anchor, Anderson, Andrews, Ashby, Ashdown, Atkinson, Attwood, Atwater, Badcock, Badelle, Badop?, Bailey, Baker, Baldock, Baldwin, Ballard, Banks, Barkaway, Barkway, Barnard, Barnes, Barnett, Barns, Barranger, Barrett, Barrott, Bartholomew, Bartlett, Bass, Bassant, Bassett, Batchelor, Bates, Batt, Batty, Bayfield , Beach, Beal, Beale, Beamont, Bean, Beard, Beaumont, Beeney, Beer, Bell, Benge, Bennett, Benney, Bensted, Bentley, Berry, Bessant, Bigg, Bills, Bingham , Bingham, Bishop, Black, Blagg, Blaxland, Blow, Blyth, Bnrown, Bolton, Bonner, Bottle, Boughton, Bourne, Bowes, Box, Boyce, Boys, Bradley, Bran, Brand, Brandford, Brazier, Brenchley, Brett, Bridge, Bridgen, Brisenden, Brisley, Britcher, Broad, Broch, Bromley, Brooks, Brown, Brummage, Bryan, Budds, Burden, Burgess, Burley, Burns, Burton, Busbridge, Bush, Butcher, Butler, Butter, Cannon, Capalin (?), Capeland, Capelin, Capell, Caraway, Carnes, Carpenter, Carter, Caryer, Cassam, Cassingham, Castle, Caulfield, Ch?, Chambers, Champ , Chandler, Chapel, Chapell, Chapman, Chappell, Chase, Chatworthy, Cheel, Cheeseman, Cheesman, Chely, Cherison, Child, Chilman, Chittenden, Chockrell, Chopping, Chrisfield, Church, Churchill, Clark , Clark, Clarke, Clatworthy, Cle?????, Clements, Cleveland, Cliffiord, Clifford, Clinch, Clough , Clough, Clung, Coatsworth, Cockel, Cockell, Coe, Cogger, Cole, Coleman, Collecton, Collinson, Collis, Collison, Collisson, Colman, Comber, Cook , Cook, Coomber, Coombes, Cooper, Copeland, Coppin, Coppins, Cork, Cornford, Cossey, Couchman, Coultrip, Court, Coveney, Coward, Cox, Crafts, Crayden, Cripps, Crisfield, Cross, Crouch, Croucher, Curling, Curtis, Dabbs, Dale, Dane (Lockyer), Dane, Danes, Dantford, Davies, Davis, Dawson, De?wett, Deacon, Dean, Deane, Debelle, Delaney, Dench, Dennis, Derrydown, Deverson, Deveson, Devoy, Digby, Dives ?, Dives, Dobbs, Dobson, Dodd, Dorrell, Dorrine, Dot, Douch, Down, Dryland, Duley, Duly, Dunk, Ealden, Ealdon, Eames, Earl, Earle, Eason, Edis, Edward, Edwards, Ekins, Elfick, Elliott, Ellis, Elliss, Elson, Elvy, Enson, Epps, Essell, Fagg, Falkner, Faulkner, Featherstone, Featherton, Fenner, Feren, Feriner, Fernes, Fewtrell, Fidge, Field, Filmer, Finnis, Firman, Fisher, Fletcher, Flood, Foord, Ford, Forman, Forster, Fosbray, Foster, Fowtrell, Fraisier, Franshaw, Freeman, Friday, Friend, Fryer, Fuller, Funnell, Furley, Furney, Gable, Galihawk, Gallian, Gallion, Gallyhawke, Gambell, Gamble, Gambull, Gane, Gardler, Garratty, George, Gibbs, Gibson, Glimer, Glover, Goatham, Goble, Goldfinch, Golding, Goodger, Goodhew, Goodhue, Gooding, Goodwin, Goodyear, Goodyer, Gordan, Gore, Goring, Gosley, Gouge, Gowar, Gower, Grace, Grandson, Gransted, Grant, Gray, Grayling, Greensted, Greenstreet / Greensted, Greenstreet, Gregory, Grensted, Griggs, Grisley, Groves, Gurling, H?yle, Hadlow, Hadlum, Haines, Hains, Hales, Hall, Hallow, Hambrook, Hamilton, Hammond, Hardy, Harnden, Harrington, Harris, Harrison, Harriss, Hart, Hartridge, Harvey, Harvey (otherwise Anderson), Harvey, Hawbrook, Hawker, Hawkins, Hayes, Hayward, Haywood, Hayzelden, Hazelden, Head, Healey, Hearn, Hearndon, Heath, Hedgeman, Hemp, Hewett, Hewitt, Hewson, Heywood, Hicks, Higgins, Highwood, Hill, Hills, Hind, Hinde, Hinds, Hinge, Hoad, Hobbes, Hoder, Hodge , Hodge, Hodges, Hogben, Holdstock, Hole, Holland, Hollatt, Hollis, Holmes, Homewood, Hone, Hope, Hopkins, Hornsley, Horton, Hovenden, Howard, Howlett, Hubbard, Huchingson, Hudson, Huggins, Hughes, Hulbard, Hull, Humphrey, Humpreys, Humprys, Hunt, Hurst, Hutchens, Hutchinson , Huxted, Igfulden, Image, Innman, Ives, Ivory, Jackman, Jackson , Jackson, Jacobs, Jagg, James, Jane, Jarrett, Jarvis, Jefferies, Jeffery, Jeffrey, Jenkins, Jenner, Johncock, Johnson, Jones, Jordan , Jordan, Joy, Jury, Kant, Karrey, Keating, Keepin, Kemp, Kemsley, Kennard, Kenneth, Kennett, Kiddle, Killam, King, Kingsnorth, Kisby, Kite, Knight, Knott, Knowles, Lane, Lardin, Laslett, Lawrence, Lee, Lemmey, Lemmon, Lenton, Lester, Levett, Lewis, Leyton, Lighton, Ligstin, Little, Living, Loader, Lockyer, Londy, Long, Lough, Love, Lucas, Luck, Luckhurst, Luke, Lurclick, Lurcuck, Lynstead, Lyons, Mackelden, Mackenzy, Man, Mancer, Mantell, Mantle, Marden, Maria, Marriott, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Maryott, Maskford, Matson, Matthews, Mawby, May, May , May, McLauchlan, McMally, McRitchie, Mead, Meads, Meppen, Mewett, Middleton, Miles, Millener, Milliner, Millner, Mills, Millway, Milner, Milton, Milway, Minnooch, mitchell, Monk, Monke, Montague, Moon, Moor, Moorcroft, Moore, Mortar, Moses, Moss, Mount, Mudge, Murr, Murray, Murton, Nason, Nelson, Newin, Newman, Newton, Nice, Nicholas, Nicholls, Nichols, Norman, Norridge, Norris, Norriss, Norton, Nowland, Nye, Oggulden, Oliff, Oliver, Orslett, Ost, O'Sullivan, Outen, Packenham, Packer, Packham, Page, Pain, Paine, Pane, Pankhurst, Pantin, Panton, Park, Parker, Parkes, Parks, Parry, Parsons, Pashly, pauper, Paxley, Paxton, Payne, Pearcey, Pearle, Pearson, Peck, Peel, Pelvin, Pennele, Pepper, Pettit, Pewlle , Phepps, Phillips, Philpot, Philpott, Pilcher, Pile, Pincott, Platts, Pollard, Polly, Poor, Pope, Pretty, Price, Prick, Pritty, Ptetty, Pue, Puxley , Quaife, Quested, Rack, Raite, Ralph, Randall, Ransley, Rayfield, Rayner, Read, Reakwater, Reason, Redman, Redshaw, Richards, Riddle, Roase, Roberts, Robins, Robinson, Rochester, Rockliff , Rockliff, Rogers, Rolls, Roper, Rose, Rositer, Ross, Rossiter, Rough, Rouse, Ruck, Russell, Ryden, Saddleton, Sage, Samson, Savin, Sawyer, Saxby, Sayer, Scholes, Scones, Scutter, Sea , Sea, Sear, Seater, Seattergood, Sells, Sharp, Sharpe, Shepperd, Sherlock, Shilling, Shore, Shrubb, Shrubsall, Shrubsell, Shrubsole, Simmonds, Simmons, Simpson, Sivyer, Skinner, Smison, Smisson, Smith, Snelling, Son, Spence, Spencer, Spendiff, Spice, Spicer, Spillett, Spittle, Spooner, Spratt, Springate, Stagg, Stainer, Staines, Stains, Standing, Stanley, Stephenson, Sterling, Stevens, Stickings, Stirling, Stone, Streatfield, Street, Strouts, Stubberfield, Such, Sullivan, Sums, Sutton, Swinyard, Tabrett, Tamber, Tappenden, Tarpe, Taylor, Taylro, Terry, Tester, Thacker, Thomas , Thomas, Thompson, Thomsett, Thornton, Thropshall , Thurley, Tie, Tilbe, Tippen, Toes, Tomlin, Tomsett, Toul, Town, Transham, Troughton, Trowell, Tuchner, Tucker, Tudor, Turner, Twoork, Tye, Tyler, Ugler, Underdown, Underhill, Unknown, Vickett, Voakes, Voaks, Vokes, Wakefield, Walker, Wallen, Waller, Walter, Ward, Ware, Warren, Warrener, Warrington, Washer, Waterman, Waters, Watson, Webb, Weedon, Welch, Weller, Wells, West, Westley, Weston, Whibley, White , White, Whitehead, Whithead, Whitnall, Whitnell, Wickens, Wicks, Wiggins, Wildash, Wildish, Wiles, Wilkinson, Willcox, Williams, Williamson, Willkinson, Wills, Willson, Wilson, Wimble, Winch, Windy, Winters, Witnell, Wolling, Wood , Wood, Woodhurst, Wooley, Woolley, Wraight, Wright, Wyles, Yelland, Young , Young.
Milton New Ground Churchyard (Holy Trinity)
Milton Old Ground Churchyard (Holy Trinity)
Murston Churchyard Old Ground (All Saints'). See here for inscription found inside the church - Plummer / Leigh.
Murston Churchyard New Ground (All Saints')
Sittingbourne Churchyard (St Michael's) Monumental Inscriptions (part of Kent Archaeological Society website)
Cemeteries and Crematoria in Kent - Part of the Kent Online Parish Clerks Site
Information available on Death Certificates:
District, Location, Date & Place of Death,
Forename & Surname, Sex, Maiden Name,
Date & Place of Birth, Occupation, Usual Address,
Informant's Forename & Surname,
Informant's Qualification, Informant's Address,
Cause of Death, Signature of Informant,
Registration Date, Registrar's Signature.
Local newspapers have contained obituaries for the deceased for hundreds of years, in the form of articles written about prominent members of society or unusual death circumstances, to paid for advertisement-style memorials, written by the deceased's family.
|Useful Death Record Websites|
Belfast Burial Records (1869 onwards)
Freebmd (Death Registers)
Haverhill Cemetery (1867 - 1950)
Manchester Death Records (where to find them)
Wrexham Cemetery (1876 - 1989)