Showing posts with label deceased online. Show all posts
Showing posts with label deceased online. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Deceased Online: Kensal Green records complete; lots of Scottish records coming soon on

The following is from Deceased Online.

Kensal Green Records Complete

  • All records for the oldest of the great London Victorian cemeteries are now available on   
  • There are now over 330,000 records for Kensal Green Cemetery (together with West London Crematorium) from its opening in 1833 up to December 2010. See full details.   
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • The latest records (1901-2010) feature many well-known people including dramatists Sir Terence Rattigan and Harold Pinter and Scottish artistWilliam Strang with cremations such as film icon Ingrid Bergman (see register detail above) and rock star Freddie Mercury.   
Over 10 million burial and cremation records for London are now available on Deceased Online

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions

Our Scottish Memorial Inscriptions (SMI) collection contain over 300,000 burials in 250 sites across Scotland and provides searchable inscription texts (sample below) as well as memorial photos.
Read Emma Jolly?s special step-by-step guide on how to get the best from the SMI collection.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

2nd 'Magnificent Seven' cemetery records on Deceased Online

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Records for historic Kensal Green Cemetery
now on specialist family history website
Second of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries to make all records available exclusively on Deceased Online

All records for Kensal Green, one of the UK’s most historic and celebrated cemeteries, have been digitized and added to the specialist family history website

Located in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Kensal Green was opened in 1833 by the General Cemetery Company and is the earliest of the capital’s major cemeteries pre-dating Abney Park, Brompton, Highgate, Nunhead, Tower Hamlets and West Norwood; collectively, The Magnificent Seven.   Kensal Green is home to graves for some of London’s most famous Victorians and Edwardians including Isambard ‘Kingdom’ Brunel, Wilkie Collins, William Makepeace Thackeray and Anthony Trollope, a collection of royals 650 members of the titled nobility and over 550 individuals noted in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Earlier in 2013, Deceased Online digitized all records for Brompton Cemetery, managed by The Royal Parks, so Kensal Green becomes the second of The Magnificent Seven to have all records digitized and available online. 

As at Boxing Day, 26th December, 2013 (over 180 years after the first burial), all of Kensal Green Cemetery’s records from 1833 until 1901 are available on the website together with all records for West London Crematorium, 1939 – 2010 located at the same site and managed by General Cemetery Company.  The remaining burial records post 1901 will be added during the early part of 2014 to complete the dataset. 

The records available comprise the following:
·        Digital scans of the original burial reference books
·        Details indicating those buried in each grave
·        Digital scans of the original cremation registers (up to 1993, thereafter, computerized records)
Early in 2014 we will also add maps of the cemetery which will indicate the section location of each of the graves. 

“Many..regard Kensal Green as the most distinguished of London’s cemeteries”.  So say Hugh Meller and Brian Parsons in‘London’s Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazeteer’.   It is the 2nd of London’s great cemeteries to have records available on Deceased Online. 

Deceased Online has unique records for 3 million London burials and cremations from private cemeteries and crematoria, local authorities and archives.  These represent approximately 10 million data items.  Cemeteries and councils from Aberdeen in North Scotland down to South Devon have also added records, creating a unique database portal for tens of millions of British cemetery and crematorium data.  The website is used extensively by amateurs and professionals worldwide, researching family history, and those simply trying to locate lost relatives or ancestors. 

The Kensal Green digitization project was carried out on behalf of the General Cemetery Company to improve public access to the records and also to conserve these important records.  Lee Snashfold, Director of General Cemetery Company, said: “We are delighted to have had all our records digitized which not only enables greater, easier access to these important records but also improves our own internal management systems.  As one of the premier cemeteries in London, it is good for us to be in the vanguard of digitization and web access.” 

An important local history group and charity, The Friends of Kensal Green, is dedicated to the preservation, conservation and restoration of the Cemetery for the public benefit.  The Friends group not only campaigns to help conserve the many listed buildings and monuments but also provides tours, exhibitions and information about the Cemetery.  For more information, see

The famous….and infamous
Many famous people are buried in the Cemetery or have passed through the Crematorium.  The Friends state on their website:
“….Its notable personalities include some 650 members of the titled nobility and over 550 individuals noted in the Dictionary of National Biography. Kensal Green is the resting place of the engineers Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the mathematician Charles Babbage, and the novelists Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope and William Makepeace Thackeray; Lord Byron's wife, Oscar Wilde's mother, Charles Dickens' in-laws and Winston Churchill's daughter; a cross-dressing Army doctor and the surgeon who attended Nelson at Trafalgar; the creator of Pears' Soap, and the original WH Smith; the funambulist Blondin and the Savoyard George Grossmith; the first man to cross Australia from south to north, and the last man to fight a duel in England…..”

Kensal Green boasts 140 Grade I, II* and II buildings and memorials including the following:
  • The Anglican and Dissenters chapels
  • The main Entrance Gateway
  • Royal tombs of Princess Sophia and Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex - children of George III
  • Mausoleum of Duke of Cambridge
  • Charles Babbage 1791-1871, inventor of calculating machines, forerunners of computers
  • 'James' Barry, 1795-1865 first female ‘cross dressing’ doctor
  • Emile Blondin, 1824-97, tightrope walker, famously walked over the Niagara Falls
  • Isambard 'Kingdom' Brunel, 1806-59, celebrated engineer
  • Sir Marc Brunel, 1769-1849
  • Anne, Lady Byron, 1792-1860, Lord Byron's wife for a  year
  • Marigold Churchill, 1918-21, Churchill's infant daughter
  • Wilkie Collins, 1824-89, novelist, 'The Woman in White', 'Moostone' etc. 
  • Gen Sir Collingwood Dickson, 1817-1904, won VC in the Crimea
  • Isabella Glyn 1823-89, Shakespearian actress, imprisoned for two years for declining to release divorce documents
  • George Grossmith 1847-1912, singer and co-author of 'Diary of a Nobody'
  • Mary Hogarth, 1819-1837, Dickens' sister-in-law and reputedly his mistress
  • James Leigh Hunt, 1784-1859, journalist, author; friend of Keats, Byron & Shelley, at latter's cremation in Italy
  • Sarah Lane, 1822-99, successful actress/manager of the Britannia theatre pantomimes
  • John Liston, 1776-1864, highest paid comic of his era
  • Maj Gen Sir Owen Lloyd, 1854-1941, won VC in Burma, big game hunter, killed 150 head of game in 1 day!
  • John St John Long, 1798-1834, quack doctor and pharmacist
  • Fergus O'Connor, 1794-1855, chartist leader
  • Sir Robert Owen, 1771-1858, philanthropist, pioneer socialist
  • Sir Terence Rattigan, 1911-77, playwright
  • Sir John Rennie, 1794-1874, architect of London Bridge and royal dockyards
  • Edward Seaton, 1815-80, Surgeon , founder of Epidemiological Society
  • William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811-63, novelist; Dickens attended his funeral
  • Anthony Trollope, 1815-82, novelist

Freddie Mercury and Ingrid Bergman passed through the crematorium. 

Much more on the history, monuments and personalities associated with Kensal Green can be found on the Friends of Kensal Green’s website,

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

National Archives overseas British military burials collection added to Deceased Online

The following is from Deceased Online.

► Cyprus, Egypt, Malta and Singapore burial records in National Archives military collection◄  
  • Thousands of records from The National Archives for overseas British military cemeteries are available online for the first time from
  • Already there are burial records for 8 British military burial sites within the UK on Deceased Online together with many more records from The National Archives. 
  • The overseas military burial sites featured are in 10 burial sites in 4 countries; Cyprus, Egypt and Singapore with the majority in burial sites in Malta.
  • The records comprise register scans and the earliest record is 1801; those featured include support staff as well active military personnel and their families
  • There are now approximately 40,000 National Archives’ burial records for military personnel and support staff across all services dating back to 1756 on Deceased Online.
  • Read full details on the collection at:  

Read Emma Jolly’s fascinating blog on this collection at:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sutton, London and Wiltshire – more records from Deceased Online

The following is from Deceased Online.

► Records for 2 cemeteries in London Borough of Sutton now available◄  
  • Deceased Online has added all burial records for two cemeteries in the London Borough of Sutton in the south of the capital. 
  • The two cemeteries are Sutton Cemetery (off Oldfields Rd) with records starting in 1889 and Cuddington Cemetery (Worcester Park) with all records from 1902
  • Burial register scans and grave details are immediately available and cemetery section maps for grave locations will be added soon. 
  • All records for Merton & Sutton Joint Cemetery (aka Garth Road Cemetery) are already available on the website. 
  • Records for Bandon Hill Cemetery (Wallington) will be added early in 2014. 

► 7 Wiltshire records back online◄  
  • All burial records for Wiltshire Council* in England’s Southwest have now been added to
  • The data, which dates back to 1856, is from all 7 cemeteries managed by the Council.  Further information on the website.   
*These records were previously briefly available on Deceased Online in the spring of 2011 but were withdrawn for further enhancements. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

North Yorkshire records added to Deceased Online

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Records added for 8 cemeteries in Redcar & Cleveland, North Yorkshire
  • Redcar & Cleveland is the first council area in North Yorkshire included with the addition of all records for 8 cemeteries dating back to 1857.
  • Immediately available are records for 4 locations:
    • Boosbeck (1931 - 2010)
    • Brotton (1936 - 2010)
    • Eston (1863 - 2010)
    • Guisborough (1873 - 2010)
  • The records available comprise scans of burial registers, details of each grave and, coming soon, cemetery section maps indicating grave locations
  • Records for the remaining four cemeteries will be available very soon. For full details, see the database coverage summary.
    The location and history of Redcar & Cleveland on the North Yorkshire coast are reflected in many of the burial records such as this mariner's memorial.

The National Archives (TNA), burial ground removals
  • Following last week's launch of burial ground removals dating back to the 16th century, many users have asked about more details of the TNA records.
  • All information on the nearly 200 burial grounds are listed by English or Welsh region and then in alphabetical order by county in the database coverage section.
  • Among the 105,000 records available currently (more will be added next week), those with the highest number of burials include:
    • Cathay's Cemetery, Cardiff (1828-1992)
    • Old Cemetery, Gloucester (1800-1973)
    • Holy Trinity Churchyard, Liverpool (1790-1887)
    • Bath Street Burial Ground,Walsall (1756-1941)
    • West Hill Cemetery, Winchester (1826-1970)
    • Several sites in Manchester and Salford dating from 1508

Monday, October 14, 2013

More National Archives records on Deceased Online

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National Archives burial records from
closed cemeteries added to Deceased Online

The first tranche of burial records from another set of data held by The National Archives has been added to the Deceased Online website,

The dataset of transcriptions, RG37 ‘Removals of graves and tombstones’, comprises records from over 200 closed cemeteries and burial ground across many areas of England and Wales.  The total records will comprise over 175,000 names/burials, with the first 105,000 now available on the website, dating back to the 17th century.   Full details can be found on the website at this link:

This is the third set of data from The National Archives now available on Deceased Online the others being the historic Brompton Cemetery in London and a collection of military burial records from many sites across the UK. 

You can also read about the RG37 collection in Emma Jolly’s latest blog at:

Deceased Online will be adding another burial records data collection for a North East Yorkshire council area next week.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Military burial records from The National Archives added to Deceased Online

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Deceased Online adds military burial records
from The National Archives (TNA)
Second set of records from TNA added to  

Deceased Online, the UK national database website dedicated to burial and cremation records, has added thousands of military burial records sourced from The National Archives, Kew.  

The records, which date back to 1756, comprise digital scans of burial registers for eight cemeteries:
  • Aldershot Military Burial Ground, Aldershot, Surrey: 1856-1911
  • Canterbury Garrison, Kent: 1808-1958
  • Greenwich Royal Hospital and Chapel, Greenwich, London: 1844-1966
  • Haslar and Clayhall Royal Navy cemeteries, Gosport, Hampshire: 1826-1911
  • Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Gosport, Hampshire: 1864-1975
  • Royal Garrison Church of St George, Woolwich, Greenwich, London: 1937-1964
  • Sandhurst Royal Military College Chapel, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey: 1829-1978
  • Sheerness Dockyard Church, Isle of Sheppey, Kent: 1756-1826

Deceased Online digitally scanned the registers at TNA’s Kew premises, created an index and linked the scans  into the database.  The records are therefore searchable by name, area and location through the normal search tools on the Deceased Online website.

This week’s Deceased Online blog, British Cemetery and Cremation Records written by genealogist and historian Emma Jolly, is dedicated to the new records, see: Emma explains that these records are outside normal war graves and feature families and others as well as military personnel who usually did not perish in military action but whose burial records are notoriously difficult to find:

Emma explains: “The death records of ancestors who died whilst serving in the armed forces can be difficult to find. Where service records and musters don't survive, family historians are often unsure of where in the world their military relatives were buried. The families of those who travelled with their military husband or father can also be hard to trace. Families did not always travel with the regiment, but even if they did they are often not named in muster or pay rolls.”

This is the second dataset of TNA records that Deceased Online has digitized and added to its website; it follows all records for the historic Brompton Cemetery, one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian cemeteries.  Further TNA records are currently in process.  

The Deceased Online website is used extensively by amateurs and professionals worldwide, researching family history, and those simply trying to locate lost relatives or ancestors.  As well as records from major national bodies and archives, the website contains exclusive records from over 120* local government authorities through the UK  
*Currently online or in process.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cemetery section maps for seven W Yorkshire cemeteries now available

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Cemetery section maps for seven
W Yorkshire cemeteries now available
Wakefield Map Example
  • Following the addition of burial records for 20 cemeteries in West Yorkshire towww.deceasedonline.comcemetery sections maps have been added to 7 locations
  • The 7 cemeteries are: Alverthorpe, Horbury, Normanton Upper, Normanton Lower, Outwood, Stanley and Wakefield. Maps for more cemeteries will be added soon
  • With three diagrams for each record, the maps indicate the section of each cemetery in which specific graves are located
Now uploading:
Military burial records from
The National Archives
  • We're currently uploading tens of thousands of military burial records digitized by us at The National Archives
  • These non-war grave records date back to the early 19th Century and feature: Greenwich Royal Hospital, Sandhurst, Aldershot, Haslar RN, Royal Victoria, Sheerness Dockyard and other cemeteries and burial grounds
  • Records are accessible on name and area/county searches but we will be adding more details and descriptions to the website soon
Northeast Yorks coming soon
  • All records for a major authority in Northeast Yorkshire are coming soon to Deceased Online. Sorry we can't say which one yet but we'll make announcements soon on Facebook and Twitter

Friday, July 19, 2013

230,000 burial and cremation records for West Yorkshire added to Deceased Online

The following is from Deceased Online.
Records for 19 cemeteries and two crematoria in
Wakefield Council area now online
  • Deceased Online has added nearly 230,000 burial and cremation records for the West Yorkshire area of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
  • The Wakefield area is large and covers such notable towns as Castleford,FeatherstoneKnottingley and Pontefract as well as Wakefield City
  • The earliest records are from 1857 and feature 19 cemeteries and two crematoria
  • Currently, the data comprises scans of registers for approximately 75% of records; more data will be added soon including cemetery section maps and grave details
Wakefield Area MapWakefield Metropolitan District Council covers a large area in West Yorkshire and features many well known towns as well as Wakefield City.
Look out for more records for this area
in the next few weeks

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.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Two queens and a cathedral's records added to Deceased Online

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Peterborough Cathedral records
include a Scottish and an English queen
  • One of the UK's top 10 historic landmarks*, Peterborough Cathedral (pictured), has had all identifiable burial records digitized and uploaded
* according to a 2007 survey
Exterior of Peterborough Cathedral
Exterior of Peterborough Cathedral
  • All available records from the mid 16th century are included, together with some earlier records which date back to the early 12th Century. Full detailshere
  • We believe that this is the first time that any Cathedral has digitized its burial records and made them available online**
** Brechin Cathedral (records also available on Deceased Online) is, strictly speaking, no longer a cathedral
  • The Peterborough Cathedral records feature many notable burials; includingMary Stuart, Queen of Scots, executed in 1587 in Fotheringhay Castle, andCatherine of Aragon, Queen of England and first wife of Henry VIII
  • The records comprise scans of register entries (until 1995) and some photos of memorials and graves
Brompton Cemetery records start next week
Next week we start uploading records for the historic Brompton Cemetery in West London. This is the first time that one of the 'Magnificent Seven' Victorian Garden cemeteries has had all records digitized and made available through any website.
London's CemeteriesTo celebrate the Brompton Cemetery records on Deceased Online, we'll be offering you the chance to win copies of the excellent pocket-sized guidebook, London's Cemeteries.

Those wishing to enter the series of competitions will need to look regularly at our Facebook and Blog pages.

Friday, May 03, 2013

200,000 records for Trafford Council now available; Altrincham Crematorium data concludes data

The following is from Deceased Online.

Altrincham Crematorium data make it over
200,000 records for Trafford, Greater Manchester
  • Deceased Online has now added records for Altrincham Crematorium in theTrafford Council area of Greater Manchester
  • All 84,000 records for the Crematorium and nearly 120,000 for the Council'sfive cemeteries can now be viewed at:
  • Records for Altrincham Crematorium commence from its opening in April 1959 to 2013. Click here for full details.
  • The records comprise scans of registers (until 1995), computerised entries from 1995, and maps* indicating the scattering locations of ashes
* The ashes location maps for Altrincham are available for approximately 48% of all cremations
Altrincham Crematorium Map
Approximately 48% of Altrincham records include
maps of scattering locations of ashes
  • Read tomorrow's bulletin all about Altrincham Crematorium and the previous two weeks' bulletins on Trafford's cemeteries
All records for the nearby council areas of Bolton and Cheshire West
and Chester are also available on Deceased Online