Thursday, November 22, 2012

Free Search of UK Burial and Cremation Records

The website Deceased Online is a fee site, but allows a free search. After the search you can decide if you wish to buy credits to get more information.

Deceased Online is the first central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland -- a unique resource for family history researchers and professional genealogists.

Until now, to search these records you had to approach about 3,000 burial authorities and nearly 250 crematoria in the UK alone, each independently holding their own registers, mostly as old fragile books. No official central repository exists.

Deceased Online is changing this.  They are making it possible for burial and cremation authorities around the country to convert their register records, maps and photographs into digital form and bring them together into a central searchable collection.

The growing database, holding records mainly from the 1850s onwards, can provide invaluable information for researching family trees, and can reveal previously unknown family links from other interments recorded in the same grave.

You can access the site at:

Burial records, cremation records, grave maps, genealogy and ancestry at Deceased Online

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