Burial Research Service

For a more personal approach to researching your family history, the volunteer Burial Research Team based at the Gatehouse office will carry out a burial search for you. The team use a database of the 87,000 burials and memorial inscription records compiled from original archives by many Cemetery volunteers over 20 years.

Over many years of research and enquiries from the public the team have built up what are called “People Files” containing high quality information on some of the Cemetery’s residents which contain such items as newspaper cuttings, photographs and notes derived from previous research.

If you wish to engage the search team in research work we accept donations for their efforts and to help cover running costs. The suggested minimum donation for this service is :

  • £5 per 15 minutes of work
  • £5 per photograph of the area of interest to be sent by email
  • Clearing the area of interest of vegetation from £5, depending on the amount of work required
  • No donation expected if we are unable to find any information regarding your query

The team offer a high quality service based on many years of experience in helping enquirers with their family history research. We believe the fees we levy are very modest for the service offered – all income generated goes back into supporting the running of the Trust and the work of the volunteers.

You can make your donation payment for this service by cheque or with a credit or debit card through PayPal by visiting our donation page.

Details on how to contact the research team can be found on the Contact Us page.


We now sell an index CD containing the names, dates of death, dates of burial and ages of all 87,000 burials at the General Cemetery. The data is in Microsoft Excel format and the disc contains Microsoft Excel reader software if you don’t have Microsoft Office.

Please Note – The data does not include the burial plot locations. Our search team are more than happy to provide individual plot locations on request free of charge to customers who purchase a CD – please go to the Contact Us page.

If you’d like to purchase a copy you can do so with your debit or credit card by clicking the “Add to Cart” button below.

Price £12.00 including VAT + P+P

You can also purchase the CD by sending a cheque for £13.05 (£12.00 including VAT + £1.05 P+P) payable to Sheffield General Cemetery Trust to

Sheffield General Cemetery Trust,
The Gatehouse,
Cemetery Avenue,
Sheffield S11 8NT.


All the original documents relating to the running of the Cemetery from 1836 to its closure in 1978/80 are lodged at the Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP. Telephone 0114 2039395.