Research & Stories

The Burial Research Team at Sheffield General Cemetery have been uncovering stories of the fascinating people buried in our site for over 30 years. Alongside project research work, our historians can also help you to find graves and research your family history.

Here is a small collection of Buried Stories for you to enjoy.

Burial Search & Burial Research Team

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. These 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 is 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 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.

  • Buried Stories – William Jumbo

    Metal Worker. Buried in Plot GG 2 Nonconformist. William Jumbo was a man living on the Wicker in the mid-1800s...

  • Confectioner’s Corner

    Today we tend to think of Confectioner as someone who sells or makes Chocolates and Sweets. This was not the...

  • Mini Histories

    William Jumbo Metal Worker. Buried in Plot GG 2 Nonconformist. William Jumbo was a man living on the Wicker in...

  • Inspirational Women

    Burial records are kept on everyone in the cemetery – name, age, date of death, date of burial, address, and,...

  • The Great Sheffield Food

    The 11th of March sees the anniversary of the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 an event which still echoes down...

  • WWI Fallen

    The following names are those of men who died as a result of injury or illness sustained as a result...

  • Buried Stories – Emma May

    Emma May Emma May died aged 48 in 1895, and is buried in plot W2 55 in the Anglican section....

  • Buried Stories – William Oliver

    William Oliver is not buried in the cemetery, but his death, in the airship R 38, on August 24, 1921,...

  • Buried Stories – George Myers

    George Myer’s stone, moved by the council in the 1970s, is now lying flat on top of the catacombs, and...

  • Buried Stories – James Barber

    Obituaries were a staple of the Sheffield newspapers in the second half of the 19th century. Every local man who...

  • Buried Stories – John & Ann

    This rather lovely photograph, taken by Laurie Manton, shows a broken tree – a symbol often used on gravestones to...

  • Buried Stories – Joshua Dyson

    With no television, cinema, internet or smartphones, what family entertainment was available in the late nineteenth century? Part of the...

  • Buried Stories – Samuel Holberry

    The Chartist movement demanded the vote for the working man. The 1832 Reform Act had been a great disappointment, giving...

  • Buried Stories – The Shore Sisters

    Buried in HH 115 in the non-conformist section are three of the daughters of Samuel Shore of Norton. Samuel came...

  • Buried Stories – William Flockton

    William Flockton 1804 – 1864 by Joan Flett. First published in Undertakings Jan 2002 (Issue 20) Nether Edge Hospital, now...

  • WW1 Service Stories

    Service Stories Here is a collection of photographs and brief stories of WW1 Servicemen buried or commemorated at Sheffield General...

  • Buried Stories – Samuel Morgan Smith

    Samuel Morgan Smith The researchers here at Sheffield General Cemetery have been doing work to uncover the stories of the...