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More Aberdeenshire Records Online

Thank you to all those who came to see us at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at Olympia in London last week. It was a busy but fun weekend, with over 13,000 visitors attending the show from Thursday to Saturday.

Richard, John and the team on the Deceased Online stand at WDYTYA? Live 2014
Many of the visitors to the Deceased Online stand took the opportunity to explore the first batch of Aberdeenshire records. These records, uploaded last week, cover 20 sites and date back to the early 17th century. This week, we're adding more Aberdeenshire burials to the database; make sure you follow Facebook and Twitter for updates on this. We're well on the way to digitising all records for the 200+ burial grounds and cemeteries managed by Aberdeenshire Council, the fourth largest council area in Scotland. 

It's interesting to note the use of the word "lair" in these records. This rather poetic term, popularly used in Scotland, simply means "grave". As in England and Wales, these burial plots were often purchased by families. 

Burial Register of Glass Churchyard with the "Number of Lair" highlighted in red
See full details of this latest release on our website

Subscriptions 
Our new subscription service is also proving popular. This service provides a new opportunity for users of the website to use a subscription service instead of pay per view (although pay per view is still available).  

The annual subscription charge gives users unlimited access most of the records on the website with the exception of cemetery maps and whole cemetery headstone collections.  

The rates on offer are £89 annual subscription or pay per view rates starting from £2 per view, with a minimum payment of £5. Once you have a subscription, if you have unused pay-per-view vouchers in your account these vouchers can only be used to view information excluded from subscriptions such as maps and whole-cemetery headstone collections. If you currently have pay-per-view vouchers and wish to take out a subscription, you can put their value (excluding any bonuses) towards your subscription, up to a maximum of approximately 25% of the subscription value (depending on the value(s) of your vouchers).

The full pricing schedule can be viewed on the website
As a professional genealogist, I use a range of subscription-based websites. Deceased Online's new subscription service allows me to view as many records as I like in a 12 month period. This is particularly helpful when I am searching for a burial without a date of death, or for someone with a common name or where I'm unsure of the area of the country. In these cases, I may need to look at several entries before finding the correct person. On the pay-per-view system each burial register scan costs £2 and, even with maximising bonuses on purchases, I would only need to view under 50 records to exceed the annual subscription price of £89. Knowing that I am likely to look at hundreds of records in a year, this will definitely save me money.

If you are planning to view only a small number of records and prefer to stick with the credit options, vouchers from £5 minimum purchase are still available, allowing you to purchase only 2 or 3 records, as required.  

Latest News
Several major councils have just confirmed that they will be adding their burial records data to Deceased Online. We can't reveal exactly which local authorities they are, but we can tell you they are in the Midlands and the North West of England.

Eureka Moments on Deceased Online
Also, we're creating a section on the website featuring your stories of discovery on Deceased Online. If you've found long-lost ancestors by using Deceased Online and you'd be happy to share your experience with others, do let us know. We'll even give the best stories some free vouchers! So, if you've had some Eureka moments, send your stories to us at info@deceasedonline.com.

Competition Answers and Winners

Lots of you entered our recent competition to win a copy of Ann Treneman's fascinating book, Finding The Plot. Entries were sent from as far afield as Canada and Australia. The lucky winners were:
  • A. Shepherd from East London
  • Carole Thomson from Aberdeenshire
  • Glenys Ramussen from Idaho, USA.
The full list of questions and answers for the competition is as follows:

(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?  
Answer: John Brown
    
(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? 
Answer: Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow and The OFFICIAL Monster Raving Loony Party

If you didn't win this time, don't worry as we have another competition in the next couple of months - this time featuring an excellent new genealogy title!

Did you visit our stand at Who Do You Think You Are? Live this year? We'd love to hear from you and see any photos you took. Do contact us via the comments box below, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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