Grave location search and family history | Brisbane City Council

Grave location search and family history

""Brisbane City Council maintains records of people buried or cremated (interments) at our cemeteries and crematoria. These records can be accessed by the public. The grave location search tool can assist people researching their family history and genealogy.

Search tips

To help with your search:

  • search by all or part of the surname
  • sometimes less information in the search parameters is better as most of the information is transcribed from old burial books where the handwriting can be illegible or hard to read (e.g. 'Anderson' may be spelt 'Andersen', so try 'Ander')
  • try different spellings
  • many people in the 1900's used their middle name as their first name, so try both (separately) or just the surname.

Use our grave location search tool

Locating burial and memorial sites

If your search has returned a result, select the relevant cemetery for advice and information on how to locate the site:

Unable to find record

Unfortunately, not all records are recorded due to missing burial registers.

You can order a death certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages. All death certificates show the location of the burial or cremation.

Council can add an interment to our records if you email a copy of the death certificate.

For more information, visit the Births, deaths, marriages and divorces website

Only records of burials in Brisbane City Council cemeteries are available through the search tool. The websites below are for private cemeteries and crematoria in South East Queensland. The list also includes those managed by other local authorities (does not include all facilities):

Incorrect or missing data

Not all records are accurate. This is due to poorly kept records in the 1800's and 1900's, including illegible handwriting and missing burial books.

Council can amend or add information to official burial records if you can provide confirmation. You can email Cemeteries Administration a copy of the death certificate or a photograph of the headstone. You must be able to clearly read the information on the headstone.

Council cannot amend official burial records using newspaper clippings or family history research.

Information in burial records

Council is only able to record the following information in our burial records database:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • date of death
  • age
  • cause of death
  • photograph of headstone or grave (where available)

Only a small number of burial records have a photograph added to the record. A Council officer can photograph a grave for a fee and send via email. You can contact the cemetery to arrange this service.

Council does not record burial records for parents, children or relatives. It was rare that cemeteries recorded next of kin throughout the 1800's and 1900's. The next of kin details are required these days. Due to privacy laws, these details are not available to the public.

12 October 2018