More Fife Burial Records online

clip_image002It’s the 3rd of January and I am still posting about dead people !!!

This time the news is from Deceased Online who have sent out a pre-release statement telling us that they have just completed the data for a total of 41 burial sites in Fife, Scotland. This data included churchyards as well as the usual cemeteries. 80,000 names dating back to 1635, they have all got to be on someone’s family tree.

Also they have hinted at exciting news about some major data releases that are going to happen in February and March. I have been lucky enough to be allowed to announce one of the major releases whilst on the Unlock The Past Genealogy Cruise in February, can’t tell you what it is, but it is very exciting !! Still time to book a cabin aboard Voyager of the Seas and find out ahead of the official announcement Winking smile

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

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

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

I’ve been busy the last couple of days working on my talk on London Cemeteries for the 3rd Unlocking The Past Genealogy Cruise and happened to come across this website with access to the original burial registers for this large cemetery. I was unaware of this website, perhaps you are too?

The website tells us that ……..

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium has been open since 1856 and there are over 150 years of heritage recorded in the Cemetery Burial and Cremation Registers. There are 88 Registers, weighing around 25kg each, with over 300 pages of recorded interments / cremations per register. Approximately 600,000 people have been interred here and with the remains of over 30 London Church yards also placed on the site, the figure is approaching 1 million.

The scans of the registers aren’t indexed, but can be browsed page by page as we used to in pre-internet days.clip_image002

What makes this cemetery interesting is that an Act of Parliament in 1860 allowed for the demolition of many unused City of London Churches and the land on which they stood reused. The churchyards of these churches were emptied and the remains of those buried there were re-interred in this cemetery. The cemetery also contains inhumations from London Churches destroyed during the blitz. There is a list of the churches affected on the Wikipedia website which also give a good description of cemetery.