Deceased Online have added another 575,000 London burial and cremation records to their website, taking the total number of London records available on their site to over 1.1 million.
This latest batch of records date from 1854 and come from the St. Pancras and Islington Cemetery in north London. This cemetery covers the boroughs of Islington and Camden and according to the site is the largest single cemetery in London. The cemetery has its own entry on Wikipedia which provides a some basic details on the history of the cemetery and some of its famous residents.
According to the press release not all the records are on the site yet, “of the 800,000 burial records, approximately 70% of these are available immediately with the remainder to be uploaded within the next 3 to 4 months. The 575,000 records currently available comprise nearly 362,000 for the Islington section between 1854 and 1945 and the remaining 213,000 for the St Pancras section are for 1854 to 1898, and 1905 to 1911. Also available now are 46,500 records from Islington Crematorium which date back to 1937. The 8,500 most recent cremation records will be added in the next few months, together with the remaining cemetery records.“
Not only will the remaining burial records be uploaded, but in the next few months “maps of areas in the cemetery indicating grave locations will be uploaded together with photographs of many notable memorials and headstones.”
Deceased Online is a perfect complement to the National Burial Index CD (from the Federation of Family History Services), together they provide a pair of essential resources for locating the burial place of UK individuals, especially as Deceased Online continues to expand covering more of the country. Sadly I don’t think I have any relations in this cemetery, but with such a large number of records you never know who you might find waiting to be discovered.
Deceased Online is steadily growing into one of the major online databases for UK researchers. They estimate that by the end of this year they will have a massive 4 million burial and cremation records on the site, and that will increase to 10 million by the end of 2011.
The total currently available is being boosted this month by the addition of approximately 250,000 new records from four areas. According their press release, the four new areas are:
- City of Aberdeen, Scotland
- Salcombe, Devon, England
- Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
- London Borough of Brent, England
Visit the website (www.deceasedonline.com) and check the exact details for coverage of cemeteries and crematoria in each area (links are at the bottom right-hand corner of their home page), as all these areas cover more than one cemetery or crematoria and the one you are after may not have been uploaded yet, so keep checking back.
The website works on a pay-per-view system, although searching is free (and a subscription package is apparently in the pipeline). The type of record found can vary from a scan of the burial register to transcription and you may even be able to get a plan of the burial location or an image of the memorial. The number of credits needed varies accordingly, full details are again on their website.
An email from Deceased Online announcing the release of approximately 32,000 burial records and 143,000 cremation records from Cambridge City Cemetery also hints at a forthcoming record release.
According to the email “…. the UK’s biggest cemetery (by burials) is coming to http://www.deceasedonline.com very soon.”
My immediate thought was Brookwood Cemetery, I checked the Brookwood website and they claim it is “the largest cemetery in Britain and is probably the largest in Western Europe.”
I could be jumping to conclusions here, but it sounds to me as if the Brookwood Cemetery Records are going to be available online later this year. The significance is that Brookwood was the main burial place for Londoners after 1854.
Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey was opened in 1854, and once boasted two railway stations receiving trains from it’s own railway terminus in London. According to their website there have been over 235,000 burials since 1854.
If my guess is correct the release of this database should elevate Deceased Online to the ‘A’ list British genealogy websites. Watch this space!
UPDATED 26/02/2010: I spoke to a respresentative from Deceased Online today, and sadly it is not Brookwood they are talking about, not yet anyway.