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.

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/index.php

 

 

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.

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/burialregisters/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_London_Cemetery_and_Crematorium

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.

https://www.deceasedonline.com

Image – Pretoria Pit Disaster Memorial – Wikimedia copyright free

Doncaster Records go online

Doncaster Family History SocietyOh to have genealogy interests in the Doncaster region !!

FindMyPast has added a plethora of records for this area in the West Riding of Yorkshire. These records are transcripts and so may not give all the information that the original records hold, however they are a great resource for family history. Always check with the original records if at all possible and note that whilst the press release says they are records covering 1537 – 1986 this won’t apply to all the parishes.

Also included in this release are burial records including plot references for the Hyde Park Cemetery in Doncaster.

The records have been provided by the Doncaster Family History Society.

www.findmypast.co.uk

Below is a table of the parishes covered. 

Parish Baptisms Burials
ADLINGFLEET ALL SAINTS yes yes
ADWICK-LE-STREET yes
AIRMYN ST DAVID yes yes
ARDSLEY yes
ARKSEY ALL SAINTS WITH BENTLEY yes yes
ASKERN yes
AUCKLEY yes
AUSTERFIELD ST HELENA yes yes
BALBY ST JOHN yes yes
BARNBURGH ST PETER’S yes yes
BARNBY DUN ST PETER & ST PAUL yes yes
BAWTRY yes
BOLTON ON DEARNE yes
BRAITHWELL ST JAMES yes yes
BRAMPTON BIERLOW CHRIST CHURCH yes yes
BRODSWORTH yes
BURGHWALLIS yes
CAMPSALL yes
CANTLEY ST WILFRID yes yes
CONISBOROUGH yes
COWICK yes
DARFIELD yes
DENABY yes
DONCASTER CHRIST CHURCH yes
EASTOFT yes
FISHLAKE ST CUTHBERT yes yes
FRICKLEY yes
GOOLE ST JOHN yes yes
GOOLE SNAITH CHAPELS yes
HATFIELD ST LAWRENCE yes
HENSALL CUM HECK ST PAUL yes yes
HICKLETON yes
HIGH MELTON yes
HOOK ST MAR yes yes
HOOTON PAGNELL yes
KILNHURST yes
LOVERSALL yes
MARR ST HELEN yes yes
MEXBOROUGH ST JOHN THE BAPTIST yes yes
MOSS yes
OLD EDLINGTON yes
OWSTON ALL SAINTS yes yes
POLLINGTON ST JOHN THE BAPTIST yes yes
RAWCLIFFE ST JAMES yes yes
ROSSINGTON yes
SKELBROOKE yes
SNAITH ST LAWRENCE yes yes
SPROTBOROUGH yes
STAINTON yes
STAINFORTH ST MARY yes
SWINEFLEET yes
SWINTON yes
SYKEHOUSE HOLY TRINITY yes
THURNSCOE ST HELEN yes yes
WADWORTH ST JOHN THE BAPTIST yes yes
WARMSWORTH yes
WATH yes
WENTWORTH yes
WHITGIFT yes
WOODLANDS ALL SAINTS yes

Heaton Cemetery Records now online

Heaton Cemetery MapDeceased Online have now added the records for Heaton Cemetery to their Bolton collection. The records start from 1879 and go right up to this year 2012. Heaton is a large cemetery with in excess of 95,000 burials

The data offers scans of the burial registers which have a lot more information than the Victorian era church burial registers, grave registers giving details of who is buried in the grave and cemetery maps so that a burial site can be identified if you wish to visit.

 

More Bolton Cemeteries will be added later this month. Deceased Online is a pay to view website.

https://www.deceasedonline.com