Family history research

Genealogy research at Woodvale

Victorian Graves

Brighton & Hove City Council has a statutory duty to maintain their Cemeteries and Crematorium Registers in perpetuity. Contained within these books is a wealth of information, which can assist those undertaking the research of their ancestors.

The records date from 1851 until the present day and can provide details of the final resting place of relatives, together with their age, the last known address and the district in which the death was registered - all relevant information for those wishing to learn more about their family. See also family tree research.

This is a list of the cemeteries and crematorium owned and managed by the council:

Personal enquiries

Research can be undertaken personally by examining the Registers at the Woodvale Lodge, which is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm (except Public Holidays). Car parking, including a bay for disabled people, is available immediately outside the offices.

Researchers unable to personally visit the Woodvale Lodge to search the registers may write to the address given below, noting the appropriate charges that operate for the service required.

The following charges will apply:

Type of research Cost
For undertaking a search of a named person (in person at the office) £8.00
For undertaking a search of a named person (by post) £18.00
For undertaking a search of each subsequent person (in person at the office) £5.50
For undertaking a search of each subsequent person (by post) £9.00
For providing a plan of the cemetery, indicating the location of the grave-space £5.50
For providing a colour digital image of the grave-space (there may not always be a memorial but the grave area will be photographed) £18.00

It must be appreciated that the Woodvale Lodge is a busy administrative office and you may be requested to vacate the Waiting Room if privacy is required whilst assisting bereaved clients. Any callers may therefore need to be patient whilst awaiting assistance from staff.

Order form

An order form for genealogy research [pdf 68kb] is available for downloading and printing. Please provide as much information as possible as most of the records need to be examined manually. The full names of the deceased and their date of death will usually provide staff with sufficient detail to carefully search the Registers.

Cheques to be made payable to Brighton & Hove City Council

Should the person named in correspondence be traced, then a summary of the information recorded in the cemetery/crematorium books will be prepared and sent to the correspondent. Regrettably, in the event of a search being unsuccessful, any fees paid cannot be refunded.

Contacting Bereavement Services

All personal and postal enquiries may be made by contacting Bereavement Services.

If you would like to comment on the Family History Research service we provide, then kindly request a genealogy research pre-paid postcard

Additional information regarding family history research may be obtained from the Brighton History Centre, The Keep or from East Sussex County Council Records Office.

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