Databases of Burials in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome

To go directly to the database click here [LINK]
How to use our INFOPOINT database

1. Insert under ‘SURNAME OR FIRST NAME’ one of the names of the person. Inserting only the letters ‘Franc’ will be sufficient to yield all surnames and names containing those letters. This can be useful if you are not sure of the correct spelling or if the Italian form of a forename has been used for a non-Italian.

2. You can also search using the father’s forename or the mother’s forename or maiden name; or by CITIZENSHIP (use the pulldown list to find the right country); or by PLACE OF BIRTH (you may have to use the Italian form of the name, e.g., Londra for London or Monaco for Munich).

3. Click on ‘SEARCH’ below. The person’s name will appear. Click on this name and various data will appear. See below for how to read this burial record.

You can also use the SEARCH BY DATE button (top left) by inserting a date-range for either BIRTH or DEATH. Click on ‘SEARCH’ for the relevant results.

There exists another database which, however, is integrated into INFOPOINT. It was compiled in 1984-86 as explained in note 5 below.

How to read a burial record

This provides:
1. The person’s names as known now or, if different, as recorded by the Cemetery at death.

2. The tomb number as listed in the Cemetery’s own records.

3. Its location by zone (for example ‘A’ = Old Cemetery, ‘V’ = Zona Vecchia of the New Cemetery).

4. A photo of the tomb as it was in 2012 in the case of older, not recent, burials. Below the photo, the type of monument and technique of the inscription are given, together with the names of others buried in the same tomb. A photo of an ossuary signifies that the person has been exhumed.

5. Under GRAVESTONE, the numbers (e.g., S2240) are live links to the monuments recorded in 1984-86 during a survey directed by S.P.Q. Rahtz for the British School at Rome and the Swedish Institute in Rome (the ‘Graves Database’). This survey transcribed the inscriptions on the tombs and noted the form of the tombs, assigning its own numbers (e.g., S2240). The Graves Database, which contains all graves that existed in 1986, can be found at this link. Note, however, that the database has not been updated since the conclusion of the survey.

In the Graves Database you can search by name or surname of the deceased, by the year of death, or by the Gravestone S number (note that this is not the Tomb number in the Cemetery’s own records). In some cases you can find details, including the inscriptions, of monuments that are no longer extant, the burials having been transferred to ossuaries since 1986. Some of the removed gravestones and their inscriptions are preserved in the Lapidarium in the Zona Terza.

Other Sources of Reference

Listed here are some publications that list people of certain nationalities buried in the Cemetery. Some are on sale at the Cemetery for the price indicated in euros (postage and packing extra).

Inge-Lise & Steen Neergaard. Vi kom fra Danmark: danske gravsteder på den ikke-katolske kirkegård. [S.l.]: Conradianum, 2010. €10.00. Now updated at this link.

Wanda Gasperovič et al. Testaccio. Il cimitero acattolico degli stranieri a Roma. Elenco alfabetico delle sepolture russe. San Petroburgo: VIDR, 2000 (in Russian).

The Netherlands
Biographical notes on Dutch burials in the Non-Catholic Cemetery, Rome, compiled by Herbert Jan Hijmersma, Trevignano Romano, 2021

Revalee and Robert Kim Stevens. The Protestant Cemetery of Rome. Baton Rouge: Oracle Press, 1981 (title on cover: North American records in Italy, the Protestant Cemetery of Rome.) €5.00

Various nationalities
Wolfgang Kroger et al. Biographies [of those buried in the Parte Antica], in The Protestant Cemetery in Rome: the "Parte Antica", edited by Antonio Menniti Ippolito and Paolo Vian, Roma: Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell'Arte in Roma, 1989, 281-316. €40.00, now reduced to €25.00.

Nicholas Stanley-Price. The Old Cemetery for foreigners in Rome with a new inventory of its burials. Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome 13 (2020), 187-222. Short biographies of 150 people buried in the Old Cemetery.
Available for reference here and for purchase here.

Gertraude Stahl-Heimann. Der protestantische Friedhof oder der Friedhof der Nichtkatholiken in Rom: "Denen, die auferstehen werden", Heidelberg: Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, 2000. €16.00