Family history research of burial and cremation records

Genealogy research at Woodvale Lodge

Victorian GravesWe have a statutory duty to maintain our cemetery and crematorium registers in perpetuity. The registers contain 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
  • age
  • last known address
  • district in which the death was registered

Get details of other useful records available from the council on our family history web page

Making an enquiry

Research can be undertaken personally by examining the registers at 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.

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 while awaiting assistance from staff.

If you are unable to visit us to search the registers you can pay for a search to be carried out on your behalf. 

We hold records on the following cemeteries and crematorium, owned and managed by Brighton & Hove City Council

Enquiry charges

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

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

If you are unable to download and print a genealogy research order form you can go to our publications order page and request a genealogy research order form is posted to you. If you would like to comment on the Family History Research service you can also request a genealogy research pre-paid postcard

Get details of other useful records available from the council on our family history web page

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

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