Research your family history

How to access information about your relatives who were buried or cremated at our cemeteries and crematorium.

Researching your family history is called genealogy research. 

We hold records of anyone who has been buried or cremated at our cemeteries and crematorium. We have a statutory duty to hold this information forever.

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

Make an enquiry

Please provide as much information as possible as most of the records need to be examined manually. 

To search the registers, we will need:

  • full name of the person
  • date of death

If we can trace the person, we will send you a summary of the information recorded in the cemetery or crematorium book.

If we can't trace the person, any fees paid can't be refunded.

Records we hold

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

Cemetery Address Records began
Extra-Mural Cemetery Lewes Road, Brighton 1851
Brighton Cemetery Lewes Road, Brighton 1857
Brighton Cemetery Bear Road, Brighton 1868
Portslade Cemetery Victoria Road, Portslade 1873
Hove Cemetery Old Shoreham Road, Hove 1882
Woodvale Crematorium Lewes Road, Brighton 1930
Lawn Memorial Cemetery Warren Road, Brighton 1963
Jewish Cemetery Extension Meadow View, Brighton 1978