Brompton Cemetery Records Online

Brompton Cemetery GenealogyHooray, hooray the first third of the cemetery records for Brompton Cemetery, London are now online at our good friends Deceasedonline’s website. As regular readers of this website will know I am a great fan of DeceasedOnline as I think they do a great job making available what has been up until recently difficult and/or expense to access records. I have quite a few London ancestors so have had great success in finding their burials using the website.

Brompton Cemetery is situated in South West London and is run by the Royal Parks which means that it is beautifully maintained. Opened in 1840 it occupies 39 acres and holds 205,000+ burials. It is one of the cemetery’s that make up the group of London burial grounds know as “The Magnificent Seven”. You may sometimes see it referred to as the West of London & Westminster Cemetery.

At one time the famous children’s author Beatrix Potter lived nearby and it is said that she found the names for many of her characters on Brompton Tombstones on her regular walks round the cemetery. Mr. Nutkins, Mr. McGregor, Jeremiah Fisher, Tommy Brock and Peter Rabbett are all to be found here resting in peace in Brompton!

The period covered by this new release is 1840 – 1871, the remaining records go online over the next three weeks.

Peterborough Cathedral Burial records now online

Genealogy Peterborough burial recordsDeceasedonline has just announced the release of the digitized burial records for Peterborough Cathedral. The records date from the 12th century, but main block of surviving records are from the 16th century to 1955. It is believed that this is the first time that any cathedral burial records have been digitised and placed online.

Among more humble folk the burial records include Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Catherine of Aragon who was Henry 8th’s first wife. Some memorial and tombstones have been photographed and available on the website.

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More Trafford Council Cemetery records go online

File:Sale - cemetery from Brooklands Bridge - - 831745.jpgDeceasedOnline have just uploaded another three cemeteries run by Trafford Council in the Greater Manchester area. This time it is Durham Lawn Cemetery at Altrinham, Sale Cemetery aka Sale Brooklands and Urmston Cemetery.

Durham Lawns records run from July 1963 – September 1996 so a fairly recent collection of records, Sale September 1862 to November 1999 and Urmston November 1892 to November 1999.

Records for the crematorium at Altringham will go online shortly.

The Greater Manchester area is being well covered by DeceasedOnline as they also offer records for the 7 cemeteries and 1 crematorium run by Bolton Council.

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Trafford Cemetery Record now online

Hale Register Page DeceasedOnline staff have been busy preparing burial & cremation records for Hale aka Altrincham Cemetery and Stretford Cemetery for inclusion in their online cemetery records database.

These cemeteries come under the care of Trafford Council, situated just south of Greater Manchester. The records comprise scans of burial registers, grave details and cemetery maps. Hale records date from December 1894 – October 1999 and Stretford from February 1885 – November 1999.

More records from Trafford Council are to come online in due course. They are

  • Dunham Lawn Cemetery
  • Sale Cemetery
  • Urmston Cemetery
  • Altrincham Crematorium

Bedford St Pauls burials online

Photo: Although the last posting mentioned some data from northern England coming online soon, later this week we'll be adding a smaller but historically interesting dataset in Bedfordshire.  These records date back to the 16th Century and include a Lord Mayor of London.  The picture is of this historic church next to the cemetery. A much larger dataset for a well known and substantial part of Greater Manchester will be added later this month.As you will know I’m a great fan of DeceasedOnline and no I’m not on their payroll !! I’m an enthusiast because they are putting such useful records online and also because I have had such good fortune to find the burial place for many of my London families in their records.

Of course they do offer records outside of London, but so far not in the areas I was interested in, yesterday however they put online the burials from St Paul’s, Bedford 1567 – 1855. The parish of St Paul’s is where some of my Cannon and Speechley families lived and a quick search has shown that there are definitely some burials of interest there. William Speechley

Bedford was a hotbed of non-conformists and John Bunyan and John Wesley preached at St Paul’s. The church has a website which gives a good background to the history of the parish.

DeceasedOnline also announced that with regret they have had to raise their prices, but in compensation they have doubled the discount if you buy 100 or more credits. Still good value.

Lastly I’m told that coming in the next few weeks are records from a major council in Greater Manchester which should keep my friend Jill very happy and registers from one of the “Magnificent Seven” London cemeteries. If you attended my presentation on the Unlock The Past cruise in February you will know which cemetery this is ….. if you didn’t well …….. you’ll just have to wait and see ….. a clue it begins with B Winking smile