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Fairs and Talks

The Deceased Online database has featured in a host of family history events in 2013 - and there are more to come! 

On 27 April 2013, Jamie from Deceased Online was delighted to give a talk on the website at the Annual Family History Day in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Organised by Your Fair Ladies, the fair was a great success, with attendees travelling to Leeds from across the north of England. Jackie Depelle of Your Fair Ladies said:

“We were delighted when Deceased Online accepted our invitation to join us - particularly with the prospective West Yorkshire content.  So many family historians know Deceased Online for its London, Manchester and Scottish records, and tickets for Jamie’s lecture were snapped up as soon as the doors opened.  I’m hearing reports of many exciting discoveries made using the pre-launch West Yorkshire databases of indexed burial and internment books.   

It’s wonderful to be able to see images of these original records online and use the unique information they provide”.
 
Jamie Burges-Lumsden speaking to the delegates in Pudsey (copyright Pam Smith)

Tomorrow (Saturday 11 May 2013), genealogist and tutor Celia Heritage will be running a course on Death Records, which includes the Deceased Online database. We are proud to have partly sponsored some delegates via a special promotion on our Facebook page. Celia told me how useful she has found our website: 

"Traditionally cemetery records were extremely hard to locate as there was no centralised database, but the advent of Deceased Online has revolutionised this. Now, not only do you have a very good chance of finding the burial entry you need at the click of a mouse, but the information given in these entries may also help you locate any deaths you are having problems finding in the GRO death index. Using death records such as certificates, burial entries, inquest records, inventories and wills in tandem means that in many cases you will be able to build up a far more complete profile of your ancestor and what (s)he was like." 

You can read more on death records in Celia's book, Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records and blog, http://deathrecordsblog.wordpress.com/


Celia Heritage talking about records of death earlier this year at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2013
We have also been honoured to have a seminar devoted to Deceased Online in Sydney, Australia by Heather Garnsey and Martyn Killion of the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) and authors of Cemeteries in Australia: A Register of transcripts (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations, Sydney, 1994). And Celia Heritage will be presenting a webinar on English Death Records for SAG on Tuesday 23 July 2013 at 9.30am.

Originally from Hampshire, Linda Elliott, the author of www,madaboutgenealogy.com, has been involved in the world of genealogy for over forty years. She spends several months of the year in UK, but lives part of the year in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Linda will be featuring the database in two talks that she is giving at the New Zealand Family History Fair in Auckland in August: 'English Parish Records' and 'English Genealogical Websites That I Love!'. Linda will repeat the second talk when she gives a mini-presentation on Deceased Online to the Far North branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists in November. From August, she will be starting a series of genealogy lessons for beginners in Kerikeri, New Zealand.

Linda Elliott demonstrating the Deceased Online database in a recent talk

We always enjoy meeting database users at family history events. Recently Richard attended the University of Dundee Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) Conference and will be present at the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) Conference in Galashiels on Saturday 11 May 2013. Do come and say hello!
 
If you would like us to be involved in an event you're organizing, please contact us by email or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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