Archives for December 2012

Grave Stone Photos

clip_image002Only a genealogist would understand that it’s not morbid to write the first blog post of the year on grave sites !! I have written about this website a few years ago, but thought a reminder to my readers wouldn’t go amiss as it has gone from strength to strength.

Gravestone Photos is the brainchild of Charles Sale and a dedicated band of volunteers who take the photos of their local churchyards, cemeteries or burial grounds and send them onto Charles. There is always a space for new volunteers even if they only have a few photos to donate.

The site covers fifteen countries and is easy to use. Searches can be undertaken for a surname across all 1910 cemeteries or a certain location can be selected and a surname search done just on that place. Once an entry of interest has been found then a photograph is shown, if you a better quality, high resolution photo is needed then a request can be placed and the photo will be sent to you by Charles.

Donations through PayPal are always welcome to keep the site running and of course if you have any images that you can donate then they are always welcome. Charles Sale and all the volunteers are definitely Genealogy Heroes for producing such a great site free of charge.



Scottish Monumental Inscriptions

File:West Kirk Culross - - 216333.jpgAlthough my area of expertise is England I am happy to note that the good folk at DeceasedOnline have added another 18 burial grounds in Fife to their Scottish Monumental Inscription Collection. The collection is quite impressive covering nearly 250 cemeteries, burial grounds & churchyards across Scotland. There are in excess of 300,000 entries, all these people must be someone’s ancestors, are they yours?

The new additions come from ….

Burial grounds & cemeteries in Fife Start date
Auchterderran Churchyard & Bowhill Cemetery 1756
Ballingry Churchyard and Cemetery 1759
Beath New Cemetery 1834
Beath Old Cemetery 1757
Burntisland Cemetery 1838
Burntisland Churchyards of Kirkton and St Columbas 1756
Crombie Churchyard, 1753
Culross Churchyard 1874
Culross West Kirk and Culross Abbey 1753
Cupar Churchyard and St James Cemetery 1776
Douglas Bank Cemetery 1838
Ferryport On Craig Cemetery 1822
Forgan Churchyard 1756

Image – West Kirk Culross – © Copyright Paul McIlroy and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Merry Christmas



I’ll be offline for a few days over Christmas as I am going to spend a few days with my daughter, son in law and grand daughter. Before I go I want to thank all my readers for looking in on MadAboutGenealogy, I hope you have found it interesting and informative.

Have a great Christmas and a peaceful & happy New Year and may 2013 prove to be the year that you knock down some of your genealogy brick walls!!

I’ll be back with more genealogy news and information from 27 December.

England & Wales Maps 1896–1904 now on Ancestry

Ancestry MapsI thought Ancestry might give their subscribers a Christmas gift or two and this release is a useful addition to their genealogy offerings. Maps are essential to family historians, if you don’t know where your ancestors lived, was it a rural or an industrial location,which towns and villages were within walking distance, was there a railway or canal nearby? All this information can give important clues to the lives of your family.

This dataset comprises 122 Victorian maps dating from 1896. The maps show railways lines & stations, schools, roads, canals, public houses, farms and rivers & streams. The originals are the Ordnance Survey Revised New Series.

Unfortunately the individual maps aren’t dated on the database,but as the time period only spans six year I don’t suppose it matters greatly. Lastly there is also a facility to purchase a paper copy of the maps via a link to Cassini Maps.

A good addition to the Ancestry stable of genealogy resources.

Bolton Cemeteries now all online

DeceasedOnlineDeceased Online has now added the last of the cemeteries to their Bolton Collection. The Horwich (Ridgmont) Cemetery is the last in the seven cemeteries to be placed online, the records date from 1928 and comprises grave registers, burial registers and cemetery maps giving grave location.

The Horwich Cemetery is situated in a rural area adjacent to Ridgmont Park halfway between Chorley and Bolton, opened in 1928 and has 11 WW2 graves. The cemetery is divided into three sections; Church of England, Romans Catholic and non-conformist. The 6,025 burials date from 1928 to August 2006.

The WW2 casualties are

Name Year of Death
Atherton, Edward J M 1941
Calderbank, Thomas K 1945
Collis, C 1943
Dickinson, John P 1944
Dixon, Arthur 1940
Houghton, Harold M 1943
Kaye, Will 1945
Merrifield, Leslie 1941
Shaw, Ronald 1940
Ward, Harry 1942
Whittle, Joseph 1941