Thursday, June 20, 2013

All records for first 'Magnificent Seven' cemetery online go live!

The following is from Deceased Online.

You may have already heard something about this but today we had an event at Brompton Cemetery to celebrate all records going live on Deceased Online.  The Mayor and several councillors for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea all attended together the CEO and directors of The Royal Parks, senior representatives from The National Archives, trustees from the Friends of Brompton Cemetery together with representatives from other councils, family history societies, the media and the world of genealogy.  

This means that Deceased Online now has over 2.5 million unique London burial records with approximately 7.5 million data items for the capital available on the website.  We hope that this will increase by another 35% by early 2014.  

Records for historic Brompton Cemetery
available on specialist family history website
First of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries to digitize and go online

The beautiful and distinguished Brompton Cemetery in South West London has had all of its burial registers digitized; these and a range of other records are available to view on the specialist genealogy and family history website

Brompton Cemetery, consecrated by the Bishop of London in June 1840, is one of the Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries.  It is Grade I Listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Brompton is one of the 'Magnificent Seven' London cemeteries which were constructed during the 1830's and 1840's to relieve overcrowded burial grounds. The others are: Abney Park, Highgate, Kensal Green, Nunhead, Tower Hamlets and West Norwood.  

Brompton is the first and only of these to have had all records digitized and made available through any website, Deceased Online.

Deceased Online has scanned all the original burial registers (stored at The National Archives in Kew), prepared grave details and maps indicating the sections of the cemetery where each grave is located, and compiled them into an easy-to-use index which can be searched on the website.  A range of photographs of memorials is also available.  Users of the website simply register and search for free and pay a small fee to view or download a particular selected document.  

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