Saturday 25 May 2024

More Northern Ireland death and burial records available online

Ancestry has uploaded a new collection of records to its Northern Ireland holding: Londonderry, City Cemetery Burials, 1853-1961.

These 51,000 records typically include some or all of the following: name of the deceased; birth date and place, age, religion; parent's names, spouse's name; death date and place; burial date and place. 

Derry City Cemetery was opened in 1853 and for the following hundred years, until the early 1960s, it was the main burial place for both Protestants and Catholics in the city. 

These transcriptions were created by volunteers and can be searched free of charge on the Derry Tower Museum site at

See right for a sample return from a search on Ancestry.

FindMyPast has updated its Northern Ireland Deaths 1980-2024 collection with a further 28,292 records. This tranche of transcriptions brings the total number in the collection to just under 123,000.

This record-set was created by 'mortality data specialist' MiExact, a company that, until February 2024, was part of Wilmington plc.

Similar collections are held by FindMyPast for other parts of the UK and these have also expanded. The Scotland Deaths, 1855–2024 collection grew by nearly 500,000 transcription spanning 1980–2024, while more than 225,500 Welsh records were added while the England and Wales Deaths, 2007–2024 collection.

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