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

New Zealand Cemetery Records Online

clip_image0015It is important in genealogy to know that cemeteries are different from churchyards. Cemeteries are owned and maintained by a local or district council, churchyards are owned and maintained by the church to which it is attached.

I have compiled the table below to show which councils offer an online database facility, they probably have got fed up with family historians writing, emailing and phoning asking whether great grand-father is buried in one of their cemeteries so wisely place the information online!!

The information offered varies from database to database and more information might be obtained by contacting the council.

I have included one or two databases that don’t quite fit into the category of cemetery databases, such as the one for Cambridge, but having found them I just could resist including them.

Hope you find this helpful, if you come across any additional databases I would be pleased to include them. Simply email me the details.

[email protected]

District Council Cemetery Database
Far North
Kaipara nil
Auckland – see below in red
Manukau Gardens
North Shore
Swanson & Waikumete
Symonds Street & St Stephens
Waiheke Island
Matamata-Piako Database under development
South Waikato
Thames- Coromandel
Waikato nil
Waitomo nil
Western Bay of Plenty nil
Whakatane nil
New Plymouth
South Taranaki
Central Hawkes Bay
Wairoa nil
Palmerston North
Ruapehu nil
Kapiti Coast
South Wairarapa nil
Upper Hutt
Grey nil
Westland nil
Kaikoura nil
Waitaki nil
Chatham Islands nil
Central Otago nil
Clutha nil

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.



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.

More Bolton Cemeteries Online

File:Pretoria miners memorial tweaked.jpgDeceased Online have just added to their collection the 6th of Bolton’s seven cemeteries, this time it is the turn of Westhoughton Cemetery which is, unsurprisingly, in Cemetery Street, Bolton. The records date from 1858 and includes the 1910 Pretoria Pit Disaster Memorial where the 344 miners who lost their lives are commemorated.

The records available are

  • Burial Registers
  • Grave Registers
  • Cemetery Map

The last of the Bolton Cemeteries, Horwich, will be added shortly and then the records for Bolton’s Crematorium will be placed online.

The seven Cemeteries and one Crematorium that make up the Bolton Collection are

  • Astley Bridge Cemetery, opened 1884
  • Blackrod Cemetery, opened 1887
  • Farnworth Cemetery, opened 1876
  • Heaton Cemetery, opened 1879
  • Horwich (Ridgemont) Cemetery, opened 1928
  • Tonge Cemetery, opened 1856
  • Westhoughton Cemetery, opened 1858
  • Overdale Crematorium, opened 1954

Deceased Online is a Pay To View website.

Image – Pretoria Pit Disaster Memorial – Wikimedia copyright free