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Burial and death records for most Catholic countries may include the following information, depending on the time period when they were created:

  • Date of the record, usually the burial date
  • Given name and surnames of the deceased
  • Marital status of the deceased
  • Name of spouse of the deceased
  • Age of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Given names, surnames, residence and birthplaces of the parents
  • Note regarding the masses to be performed for the soul of the deceased
  • Note as to whether the deceased left a will
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name or signature of the officiating priest

The information included in these records usually follows a specific order; however, it is not uncommon to find the same information in different order. See example below.

Burial Record Sample: Paragraph Form

Phrases

  1. Marginal Notes
  2. Place Phrase
  3. Document Date Phrase
  4. Ceremony Phrase: the Burial
  5. Name of the Deceased
  6. Additional Information about the Deceased
  7. Last Rites Phrase
  8. Testament Phrase
  9. Relationships of the Deceased
  10. Certification Phrase

Transcription

Planas
Cos

Die decima septima Januarij millesimi septingentesimi quinquagesimi
quinti in caemeterio Paro[chi]alis ecclesiae B[endicti]. Mariae de Seva Vicen[sis] Dio[cesi]
data fuit ec[clesi]ca sepultura Cadaveri Francisci Planas Bracerij
loci de Seva qui obierat die praecedenti postquam receperat sacra
menta, que ecclesia solet aegrotantibus impeatiri, et suu[m] ordina
verat testamentu[s] paulo ante obitu[s] paenes R[ector]rem de Seva
caelebrata fuerient tria official funeralia consueta, videlicet
obit[uali]s novenalis, et capitis anni cu[m] assistentia triu[s] Presbite
roru[s] et Ludimagistri quibus clargiut[s] fuit stipendiu[s] solitum
Jura Par[ochia]lia sunt solute.

Translation

Planas
Cos
 
On the seventeenth day of January of one thousand seven hundred fifty
five in the parochial cemetery of the church of Blessed Mary of Seva, dioceses of Vic
in the church, a burial was given to the body of Franciscus Planas farm laborer
of the place of Seva who died the previous day after he received the last rights/sacraments
which the church habitually imparts to those who are sickening, and his will
having been put in order shortly before his death by the assistant parish priest of Seva
three of the customary official funeral services were celebrated, namely
the funerary [mass],  novenal [mass], and anniversary [mass] with the attendance of three priests
and the schoolteacher? which [clergymen] has been paid [and] the customary fee
for the parochial [funeral] rights are paid.​

Burial Record Sample: Pre-Printed Form

Transcription

No. 810
Johnston
Anno 1884 die 29 mensis Augusti Ellen Johnston ex 5 Olive street
aetatis 46, in communione S. Matris Ecclesiae animam Deo reddidit Sacramentis munita cujus corpus 
die 31 mensis Augusti sepultum est in caemeterio apud Ford

                                                                                Fredericus d. Heurter, miss[ionarius] coad[jutor]

Translation

No. 810
Johnston
In the year 1884 on the 29th day of the month of August Ellen Johnston of 5 Olive street
age 46, in [full] communion of the Holy Mother Church, gave up her soul to God, having been fortified by the sacraments [last rights], whose body
on the 31st day of the month of August was buried in the cemetery in Ford
                                                                                Fredericus d. Heurter, missionary, assistant [to the parish priest]

Burial Record Sample: Tabular Form

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Transcription

Annus millesimus octini
gentesimus quinquagesi
mus secundus     1852
Habitatio
defincti
Nomen Cognomen et
Conditio Defuncti​​ ​ ​
Dies et Mensis Pagus N[ume]rus
domus
Mortis Sepulturae
Die vigesi
ma quarta
Octobris
24
26
ejusdem
Bergud
minor
8 Franciscus Tokra filius
Nicolai et Mariae
agr[icola]
Die 17
decima septima
Novembris
18
ejusdem
Bergud
major
​82 Catharina Afrie Sor filia
Valenteni Malhiae et Helenae
agr[icola]
Die 28
vigesima octa
va
Novembris
 ​30
ejusdem
Bergud
minor
14  ​Helen Kersul uxor Martini
agr[icola]
Die 17
decima septima
Dicembris
19
ejusdem
Bergud
major
52 Joannes Briran fil[ius] Mathaei
et Mariae
agr[icola]
Die 23
vigesima tertia
ejusdem ​​D[ict]o ​72 Margaritha filia d[i]f[unct]i
Mathaei
et vid[uae] Helenae Afric Sor
agr[icola]​

 Translation

The year one thousand eight
hundred and fifty
second                          1852
Residence
of the deceased
Name, Last Name, and
Occupation of the deceased​ ​
Day and Month District Number
of house
Of Death Of Burial
Twenty-fourth day
of October
24
26
of the
same
Bergud
minor
8 Franciscus Tokra son
of Nicholaus and Maria
farmer
17 Seventeenth day
of November
18
of the
same
Bergud
major
​82 Catharina Afrie Sor daughter
of Valentenus Malhiae and Helena
farmer
Twenty-eighth day
of November
30
of the
same
Bergud
minor
14 Helena Kersul wife of Martinus
farmer
17 Seventeenth day
of December
19
of the
same
Bergud
major
52 Joannes Briran son of Mathaeus
and Maria
farmer
23 Twenty-third day
of December
of the same ​​the same ​72 Margaritha daughter of the
deceased Mathaeus
and his widow Helena Afric Sor
farmer

 

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Transcription

Religio Sexus Aetas Morbus
seu
canosa
Mortis
Fuit S[anctus]
Sacra[me]ntes
provisus
Sacerdotis
sepelientis
Subscriptio
Catholica Acatholica Graeca ​Ma​​sc[ulu] Feoemina ​Ann[us] Mensis ​Dies
1     1     10 24 ​Consumtio   Jos. Vodes
[paraphus]
Cappellanuso
1       1     1 Debilitas   Idem
1       1 42 6 15 Consumtio ​fuit provisa Idem
1     1       5 Spasmus   Idem
1       1 18 8 20 ​Februs gastica ​fuit provisa Idem

Translation

Religion Sex Age Disease or
Cause of Death
The last rights
were provided
​Signature of the
burying priest
Catholic Non-Catholic Greek ​Male Female Year Month ​Day
1     1     10 24 ​Consumption   Jos. Vodes
[paraph]
Cappellanuso
1       1     1 Weakness   the same
1       1 42 6 15 Consumption was provided the same
1     1       5 Convulsions   the same
1       1 18 8 20 ​Gastric Fever ​was provided the same
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