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First Anniversary of Deceased Online Blog

Looking back over 48 posts on the Deceased Online Blog

This autumn Deceased Online will add thousands of burial records from across the UK to the database. These include collections from the north east of England, remote areas of Scotland, urban parts of the Midlands, and further collections from The National Archives. As we look ahead, I would like to say thank you to all those who've read this blog over the past year.

I published the first post, "The Conventional Daughter of one of the 19th century's most notorious couples", just over a year ago on 2 August 2012. Since then the blog has received thousands of hits from readers around the world, including some living in Australia, Canada, Spain, Lithuania and Japan.

Over last twelve months I've given updates on new records on the database while exploring some of the well-known names in the collections. Besides these, the blog has featured book competitions, how-to guides and social history. The most popular post …

Haslar and Netley Military Hospital Cemeteries

Following on from last week's post, I'm looking further into Deceased Online's latest collection of burials. These military burials were digitized in partnership with The National Archives

Two notable institutions in the collection are Haslar Royal Navy Cemetery and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley. Both Haslar and Netley (as it was more commonly known) were Britain's foremost military hospitals during the bloodiest years of war in the western hemisphere

The Royal Hospital Haslar and Clayhill Royal Navy Cemetery, Gosport, Hampshire

The Royal Hospital Haslar dates from 1753. For over two hundred and fifty years Haslar served as one of mainhospitals caring for sailors and marines of the Royal Navy and merchant services. Patients came from ships as well as from naval and seamen institutions in nearby Portsmouth and Gosport. The hospital closed as the last official military hospital in 2007.

The Haslar Cemetery closed in April 1859 but the neighbouring Clayhill Ceme…

TNA Military Burial Records

This week we have been adding tens of thousands of military burial records held at the The National Archives to Deceased Online 

The death records of ancestors who died whilst serving in the armed forces can be difficult to find. Where service records and musters don't survive, family historians are often unsure of where in the world their military relatives were buried. The families of those who travelled with their military husband or father can also be hard to trace. Families did not always travel with the regiment, but even if they did they are often not named in muster or pay rolls.

Thousands of men who served in the Army, Royal Navy and merchant service before 1914 did not die on active service.Some of these men were buried in family plots and may be found elsewhere in the Deceased Online database. Many more died in or near their barracks or in a military hospital. Thousands of these servicemen's burial records are now available to search on Deceased Online.

The original re…