Cemetery Records

Ledgers

The Cemetery records are kept at the Teignbridge District Councils offices based at the Brunel industrial estate in Newton Abbot.  The records for the old cemetery are still only on paper, held in a wonderful collection of ledgers.

These are:

A register of graves, detailing the purchase details of each plot

An index to this register which is held in separate ledgers for groups of years and within each ledger the details are held in alphabetical sections in chronological order

A register of burials, detailing the arrangement details for every burial

An index to this register which is held in separate ledgers for groups of years and within each ledger the details are held in alphabetical sections in chronological order

A cardex system with a card for each plot in the cemetery.

The various ledgers are cross-referenced but, in essence, the easiest way of finding where someone is buried is by knowing the date of death.

This means you can select which index to start searching and from that obtain the plot number and links to the grave and/or burial.  If you don’t know the date of death then you would need to search the alphabetic section of each index corresponding to the first letter of the surname.

 

 

The subsections here give examples of extracts from these records of Mary Bowden, the first person to be buried in the cemetery in 1856, and Leah Laforgue, whose grave was the first to be cleared in the current project.

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