In the talk I give about London Cemeteries and their records I mention Abney Park the non-conformist cemetery which is part of the group of burial grounds known as the Magnificent Seven. Yesterday I needed to look at the Abney Park burial records, did a Google search for them and found that the website for the registers has had a revamp and offers more information that it used to. Must update my PowerPoint slides before I give the talk again!
The new website requires registration, but this is very easy to do. Once in you are offered a Basic Search, an Advanced Search, a Compare Gedcom facility and Manage Interests. I didn’t use the last two, but I gather the three option offers the ability to compare a Gedcom file with the records and compares the names on your file to what is in the cemetery file. Very clever.
I used one of my London surnames Southwell in the basic search and it came up with 14 graves of people with that surname. I chose John Southwell 1806 – 1881 and it flip up a side panel showing that John’s entry in the database was number 039500 and that John was buried 11 August 1881 aged 75 years also in the grave was Susan Southwell buried 15 May 1867 aged 69 years, this is so helpful for grouping families together if the grave isn’t a common/paupers grave but a privately owned one.
The grave location of H03 was given so I could locate and visit it if I wished to. Clicking on this location brings up a map of the cemetery which would make finding the grave easier, but do bear in mind that it now is quite overgrown in parts and is run partly as a nature reserve. Winter would be a good time to visit as the undergrowth will have died down.
Clicking on a + sign next to the name brought up a panel where I could enter my interest in this person and put in a website link plus comments if I wished. The idea is that if someone else looks for this person and see your interest they can then make contact. A great facility and this is where the Manage Interest area comes in.
This is a delight of a website and a credit to John Greenwood who looks after the site. I lost my password and he kindly emailed me with a replacement word which made me smile. Hopefully you won’t be as careless as I was in forgetting my password, but if you do I can guarantee that the replacement will amuse you!