When researching ancestors a great resource are burial records. The records tend to show date of death, burial date, residence at time of death, grave number and often the proprietor of the grave. They also show all occupants of the grave which can lead us to more of our ancestors. At no cost records are available online for the Belfast area from 1869 onwards. Approximately 360,000 records are available for the Belfast City, Roselawn and Dundonald Cemeteries. The records can be found here: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/community/cemeteries/belfastcitycemetery.aspx
About The Cemetery
“Belfast City Cemetery is one of the oldest public cemeteries in Belfast. It was purchased in 1866 by Belfast Corporation (now the council) and was officially opened on August 1, 1869 as the city’s first municipal burial ground. “
“The cemetery provides an important insight into the history of Belfast. It is a recognised historical site and shows many fine examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Gothic revival architecture.
A number of sections in the cemetery were used for the burial of the poor. These paupers’ graves have no headstones or any other form of grave marker. There are many thousands of children buried in these sections, which hold 80,208 remains in total.
Land was first acquired for a Jewish burial ground within Belfast City Cemetery in January 1871. It was accessed via a separate entrance on Whiterock Road. Above the gate, which is now bricked up, you can still read the Hebrew inscription that marked this area of the cemetery. Translated, it means ‘the house of life’ or ‘house of the living’. The area also contained a small Tahara, similar to a synagogue or chapel, which was destroyed by vandals in the 1970s. “ From the Belfast City Council’s Website