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WDYTYA? Live 2014 and Aberdeenshire

Once again Deceased Online is exhibiting at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the biggest genealogy show in the world. We look forward to welcoming everyone to stand 644 and demonstrating our latest collection of burial records from Aberdeenshire.

This year's Who Do You Think You Are? Live is taking place at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in west London from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd February. Deceased Online's stand 644 will be the biggest we've had to date.

Deceased Online at WDYTYA Live 2013. This year's stand will be even bigger!
As ever, we're really looking forward to meeting database users and demonstrating the website. There will also be opportunities to enjoy limited free searches, which feature our latest collections. These include the first batch of Aberdeenshire records. If you have London ancestors, you'll be pleased to learn that the number of London records available has been doubled and we've also added extensive military and other records from The National Archives since WDYTYA? Live 2013.

We are also offering subscriptions for the first time which we're launching next week. For heavy users of data on the website, this will hopefully be a more economically beneficial way to help access and download records. 

A small batch of records from our Aberdeenshire Council collection will be available to view on the website from the afternoon of 14th February 2014. There are more than 200 burial grounds located over these 6 registration areas:
  • Banff and Buchan
  • Buchan
  • Formartine
  • Garioch
  • Kincardine and Mearns
  • Marr
This week's batch of records covers the following and will bring the total of Aberdeenshire graveyards in the database to more than 20: 

  • Belhelvie
  • Essie
  • Forbes
  • Glass 
  • Huntly Old and New
  • Kinnior 
  • Kinnernie
  • Leslie
  • Midmar
  • Oyne
  • Rhynie
  • Ruthven
  • Slains
  • Tullynessle
  • Wallakirk
  • Ythanwells

One of the largest burial grounds in this release is Huntly, with nearly 10,000 burials. 

My JOLLY Ancestors

I'm particularly excited about this release as my JOLLY ancestors originate in the old county of Kincardineshire, which is now administrated by Aberdeenshire Council. In fact, a James Stuart Jolly OBE is found in the Huntly records. I'll be sharing my family discoveries over the next few weeks, and would like to hear from others who find ancestors in this collection.
My great great grandfather, William Jolly (1842-1889) who was raised by his crofter grandfather in Benholm, Kincardineshire
The full list of burial grounds in the Aberdeenshire collection can be seen at the Council's website:  

Who Do You Think you Are? Live takes place 20-22 February 2014 at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX. Opening times are Thursday 9.30am – 17.30pm, Friday 9.30am - 17.30pm
 and Saturday 9.30am - 17.30pm. For full details and booking information, see the event website:
Book Competition 

Following on from last week's post by Times sketch writer, Ann Treneman, we have 3 signed copies of her latest book, Finding the Plot: 100 graves to visit before you die (The Robson Press, 2013), to give away. Part travelogue, part biography and part social history, this enjoyable book is made up of 100 entries of interesting graves. Several of these can be found in Deceased Online's burial records.

Please answer the two following questions by Sunday 23 February. Both questions feature people and graves found in Ann's book and the Deceased Online database

(i) Name Queen Victoria's loyal personal servant and friend who was born in Aberdeenshire and on his death at Windsor Castle, was returned to be buried in Crathie Kirkyard?  
(ii) David Edward Sutch was a rock musician and eccentric who founded a political party which has contested thousands of constituencies in dozens of elections.  What is the full name that he's better known by and what is the name of his famous political party? 

Competition Rules
  • entries by no later than midnight GMT on 23rd Feb 2014
  • email your entries to: with heading: 'Finding the Plot competition'
  • entrants should provide full contact information including full postal address and at least one telephone number
  • only one entry per person/email address
  • each entrant can only win one prize 
  • winning entries will be drawn by Deceased Online
  • judges decision is final 
  • the prizes will be sent to the winners by post as soon as possible
We'll be posting updates on our WDYTYA activities, including photos from the event, on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Do 'like' and 'follow' to catch the latest news! 


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