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Over 389,000 South London (Surrey) burials for the period 1545-1905, with a handful (18) up to 1957 plus one as late as 1980, are available for searching on www.origins.net.

The South London Burials Index contains surname and forename, age where given in the register, year of burial, parish and additional info / notes, which may include information such as addresses, parents names and other personal details.

South London Burials Index is part of British Origins Greater London Burials 1545-1909 which indexes over 558,000 burials in the City of London, Middlesex and South London (metropolitan Surrey) parishes.

The indexes are covered by two searches:

  1. Middlesex & City of London Burials Index 1560-1909
  2. South London Burials Index 1545-1905

This collection can help you locate individuals who were living in Greater London at a particular time, i.e. before the date of their death. It is also likely (though you cannot be 100% sure) that they had been living in the area where they were buried. So if you suspect an ancestor might have been living in Greater London, searching these records may help confirm this.

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) transformed genealogical research, and made the tracing of ancestry much easier. However the IGI covers mainly baptisms, with a few marriages and no burials at all. English parish burial registers after 1813 almost always include the age at death. This is a vital detail in the further tracing of the family, but actually to find an entry is very difficult. There will rarely be any tradition or other evidence to guide you to a date. In most cases, the ancestor could have died aged anything between 25 and 100. Nowhere is tracing a burial more difficult than in the City of London, where there are so many registers to search. There are 98 burial registers, or series of registers in the City area for the period 1813-1857. Burials were ended by official order in most parishes in 1853 and in all by 1857. Many had ceased or virtually ceased to have burials for 10-15 years prior to that. To search all these registers for an ancestor would be a daunting and probably fruitless task, since the majority of burials took place outside the city.

Cliff Webb began work in 1978 on a general index to these burials. Because of the serious deficiencies in the pre-1866 death indexes at the Family Records Centre, the index carries right on to the end of the burial registers, rather than ending in 1837.

Records include last name, first name, age, year of burial, place name, and sometimes additional info such as parent names or addresses.

For more information about Greater London Burials click on British Origins.

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