Deceased Online have completed (almost) the release of 800,000 records from the UK largest cemetery (in terms of the number of burials).
With the exception of approximately 20,000 remaining entries (which are still being added) the records for St Pancras and Islington Cemetery in north London have been made available on the website. Searching the website is free and the amount you pay to view the results depends on just what is found. This should include a scan of the burial register, but might also include photographs of the headstone and/or a map of the exact location of the grave.
St Pancras and Islington Cemetery was the first publicly owned cemetery to be opened in London and was officially opened in July 1854. It seems to have developed in a very piecemeal fashion, involving various parishes and boroughs over the decades, all helping to create a very interesting but complicated history.
The cemetery is now jointly run by the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, and more details can be found on their websites, including details of the bus service that operates across the 190 acre site. I must put it on my list of places to explores because it sounds like there are some wonderful memorials there.
This addition to Deceased Online, strengthens the position of the site as the place to go online to find UK burial and cremation records, by my calculations this takes the total records on the website to over 1.75 million names from across the UK, but it doesn’t stop there.
According to the website they “are currently digitising 1.6 million burial and cremation records to add to our database, from 14 burial and cremation authorities around the UK. Nearly 2 million further records are due to be added from another 13 authorities. And we are in serious talks with a further 31 authorities about bringing nearly 5.3 million more records to the website.”
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.
The UK pay-per-view website Deceased Online have announced the addition of almost 100,000 more burial records from South London. This latest update features four cemeteries from the London Borough of Merton, and includes burial records dating from 1883 up to the beginning of 2010 (although dates vary for each cemetery).
According to their website the cemeteries added are:
- Church Road Cemetery (also known as St Peter’s & St Paul’s Cemetery), Church Road, Mitcham, Surrey
- Gap Road Cemetery (also known as Wimbledon Cemetery), Gap Road, Wimbledon, London
- London Road Cemetery (also known as Figge’s Marsh Cemetery), London Road, Mitcham, Surrey
- Merton & Sutton Joint Cemetery (also known as Garth Road Cemetery), Garth Road, Morden, Surrey
The London Borough of Merton joins the boroughs of Brent, Havering, Islington and Camden in having records available on the website. It is not just about London though, there are records from across the UK, the most relevant for me being the Kent and Sussex Crematorium.
You can find a complete list of all the cemeteries and crematoria already included on Deceased Online at their website, they are also busy “digitising nearly two million burial and cremation records to add to our database, from 15 burial and cremation authorities around the UK”. There has never been a better time to look for dead people!
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.
Last week was a much better week for my genealogy, not that I really achieved a great deal in terms of adding people to my family tree (I blame Google Street View in part for that).
What happened is that I got sucked into researching the GEERING family from Hailsham, Sussex. It is proving an interesting challenge, there are several leads that I need to follow up and have been preparing for a visit to both the East Sussex Record Office and The National Archives. I have ordered three certificates (more about them in another post) and a copy of a will, which may give me further clues.
I did continue sorting out some more stuff on my hard drive, but I need to devote more time to that, I have lots of new scanned images which need naming and filing correctly.
So this week I intend to:
- Continue working on the GEERINGs of Hailsham. In particular I want to get the information from the two wills from the West Sussex Record Office included in Family Historian.
- Contact Hailsham library to find out what local history resources they hold. What books do they hold? Any photographs? Copies of parish registers?
- Find out if anyone has recorded monumental inscriptions for Hailsham churchyard and Hailsham cemetery.
- Work out how and when I can get to Hailsham to visit the library, the church, the cemetery and to try and find what remains if anything of the GEERING’s shop.
- Continue working on a list of records in preparation for a visit to the East Sussex Record Office and The National Archives. Work out when I am going to get the chance to visit them!
- Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames, especially the recently scanned documents.