Search the inscriptions
This site contains files of memorial inscriptions - one for each of the 50 sections at Anfield Cemetery. Each inscription has a unique entry number, and shows the section number and grave number as well as a transcription of the inscription. The inscriptions are are in entry number order. These files replicate the contents of hard copy files which have been provided to records offices.
There is also an index of all surnames which appear in inscriptions. This includes section number, grave number and the unique entry number. On this site the index has been split into separate files by first letter of surname. There is also an index file for ‘no name’ for entries where it has not been possible to allocate a surname or a surname in English.
To search for a memorial inscription, first open the relevant index file and scroll down or use your browser's search facility to access the entries for the surname of interest. Note the section and entry numbers. Then open each section file in turn and scroll down or use your browser's search facility to access the inscriptions(s) - note that these are in entry number sequence.
Consecrated (Church of England) Sections
How do you interpret the index? The first interment in the General Sections according to the registers was on 7 May 1863 and was of a Eliza Cray JOHNSON who was 52 years old and it was in General Section 6, grave number 135. Her head-tone is still actually there although it is now lying flat. Her entry in the index will appear as:-
JOHNSON G.6 135 26943
The first entry obviously enough is the surname. There is a separate entry for every different surname that appears on the headstone. The full index contains some 50,784 surname entries.
The index is big enough already and it would just not be practicable to start trying to record every person by their first names so more than one JOHNSON may be buried in this particular grave. Do remember that just because a name appears on a head-stone the person may not necessarily be buried there. The entry might commemorate a death overseas, at sea and of course war deaths.
The remaining entries in the index refer to the section, in this case G.6 which means General Section 6. The number 135 is the official grave number which appears on the plan and will help you establish where the grave is. The final number, i.e. 26943, is our consecutive entry number in the transcriptions.
Roman Catholic section 11 exists but has not been used for burials as the ground was not considered usable.
A few head-stones cannot be accessed, probably no more than ten in all. A couple are heavily over-grown and in the bushes, some have fallen and over the years disappeared below the surface and some very large head-stones have ended up on their faces. This has been the result of vandalism, earth movement and the Council in the past laying them down as being unsafe. Whilst many hundreds of head-stones are on their faces, only a handful have defeated us. To access these few would require specialist equipment. So if you do know where a person is buried do not rely solely on the name index but check the entries to see if we have made a note.
Almost all the inscriptions are in upper case. However for presentational purposes we have recorded them all in lower case with the exception that the surnames appear in upper case to make them stand out. A change to a new line is indicated by a single angled line, thus / and where you find two lines // this means that a substantial change has taken place. It is generally on a tiered stone where the next part is on the side or rear. On an upright stone it might indicate that it is much lower down.
A few abbreviations have been used in the index, for instance:-
34101 DAWSON. (C.17.476 Ch.) The 'Ch.' in this case refers to a particular area on Consecrated Section 17 which is specifically set aside as a 'Chinese' area. It is quite small and 'Chinese' burials have taken place in other Sections.
29999 RAHAMAN. (G.11.220 Moh.) The 'Moh.' in this case refers a small area on General Section 11 which is referred to as the 'Mohammedan' area.
34101 DAWSON. (R.C.5 410 C.R.) The 'C.R.' in this case means cremated remains. Several areas with the cemetery itself have been set aside within each of the Consecrated, General and Roman Catholic Sections specifically for cremated remains.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, no liability is accepted in any way for any errors or omissions that may have occurred. All rights are reserved. These transcriptions are only intended to assist family history research and no part of these entries may be stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, or otherwise without prior permission.