Rookwood Cemetery is located on the western boundary of Strathfield Local Government Area. Many residents of the Strathfield district are buried at Rookwood Cemetery. Access to cemetery records is useful for researching family history of persons associated with the Strathfield district.
Locating historic sites
The Society of Australian Genelogists managed a project between 1981 and 1992 to transcribe information contained on headstones at Rookwood Cemetery. This resulted in the publication of a searchable database on CD-Rom. This is available for purchase but is also available in many local studies collections in public libraries. Recently, access is available through paid subscription to sites such as http://www.findmypast.com.au
Copies of old layout maps of the Anglican Old Section, Catholic Mortuary 1 Sections 2, 3 & 4, Catholic Mortuary 2, 3 & 4, Independent Old Ground Map, Jewish Layout map, Presbyterian Layout map and Presbyterian Section 1 D map are available online from the Society of Australian Genelogists. For further information and copy of historic maps: http://catalogue.sag.org.au/attachments/31957/RookwoodSectionNotesAndMaps.pdf
Free Online Searches
A number of Rookwood Cemetery Trusts have searchable online databases.
Anglican and General Trust Cemetery – http://rookwoodcemetery.com.au/index.php/search-online
Catholic Cemetery Trust – http://search.catholiccemeteries.org.au/
Rookwood Jewish Cemetery Trust – http://www.rookwoodjewishcemetery.com.au/
Rookwood Independent – http://www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au/deceased-search-engine
Commonwealth War Graves Commission – http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/how-to-find-a-casualty.aspx