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Highgate Cemetery

This week Deceased Online adds burial records for the magnificent  Highgate Cemetery in north London We are very excited to announce the release of records for Highgate Cemetery, one of London’s 'Magnificent Seven'. A total of 160,000 records have been uploaded to the database of this significant collection, which dates from 1839 to 2010. They include coverage of the first three decades: 1840 to the early 1870s, with a gap in the records from 1863 to 1865.
Highgate’s original burial registers are held at the cemetery itself and at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre in Holborn but are available online only throughDeceased Online
History Like the other ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, Highgate Cemetery is world-renowned, contains hundreds of notable burials, has several listed monuments, and provides a haven to inner-city wildlife. EnglishHeritage has designated the cemetery as a Grade I park. Highgate is the third oldest of these cemeteries, opened in 1839 by the Bishop of Lo…

Bath and North East Somerset Collection

Deceased Online this week launches a new collection from the beautiful and historic city of Bath 
The underground thermal spa waters of Bath have attracted visitors across the centuries, from the Romans, who named the city Aquae Sulis, to the Georgians and thousands of tourists who continue to throng there in the 21st century. It was the Georgians we have to thank for much of the magnificent architecture in the city today. Notably, John Wood the Elder, who was responsible for streets and buildings such as the Circus, and his son, John Wood the Younger, who designed the magnificent Royal Crescent (see above), which was built between 1767 and 1774, as well as the  notorious Assembly Rooms, visited by such Regency characters as Beau Nash. The celebrated Georgian author, Jane Austen, is credited with much of the interest in the city from literary visitors.

The only UK destination to have a whole city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath was a key centre in the industrial revol…

Unusual Discovery in Nunhead Cemetery

This week we welcome a post by Society of Genealogists’ trustee, Amelia Bennett, who was delighted to solve her own family’s mystery in Deceased Online’s Southwark Collection. I had searched for some time for the burials of Caroline’s biological parents’ (my 3x great grandparents), but found nothing. The search was complicated by the fact that Lageu is such an unusual surname that it is almost always mistranscribed. 
I decided instead to turn the hunt to records of Caroline’s adoptive parents. Using the Deceased Online database, I found a grave record at Nunhead Cemetery for Alfred S Hudson in 1888.  After looking at the burial register summary on the website, I checked the details of the other occupants of the grave (reference number 123/8973).  Although this often just gives unrelated people, this time I found a treasure trove. 

Firstly, there was Thomas Lageu (mistranscribed in the record as “Lagen”), Caroline’s father, who was buried on the 7th February 1873. 
Also, there was Caroli…

Blue Plaque Hero: George Arthur Roberts (1890-1970)

Last week, the life of a Camberwell war hero, firefighter and community activist was celebrated with the unveiling of a blue plaque. Deceased Online is proud to hold the cremation record of George A. Roberts as part of its Southwark Collection.
In 2015, the Southwark Heritage Association asked for members of the public to vote on who should win that year's Southwark Blue Plaque for their contribution to the London borough. Sergeant George Arthur Roberts was the first nominee in the contest. Having won the award, George's plaque was unveiled at at a ceremony on Sunday 11 September 2016 at his former home in Warner Road, Camberwell under the watchful eyes of a guard of honour from London Fire Brigade. Also present was Tedwin Herbert, the Acting High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago.

Described by renowned historian Stephen Bourne as a "forgotten Camberwell hero", George Arthur Roberts was born in 1890 on the West Indian island of Trinidad. Roberts enlisted in the Tri…

Back to School and the Cambridge City Collection

This week, children from across England and Wales returned to school. Scottish children went back a few weeks ago. And soon, thousands of older students will be heading off to colleges and universities. With the new academic term underway, this week's post looks at notable contributors to British education.
The city of Cambridge in East Anglia is famed worldwide for its contribution to academia and the advancement of education at all levels. Burial and cremation records from the city have been in our database for a number of years. Deceased Online's Cambridge City Council Collection includes:
Cambridge City Crematorium. Huntingdon Road, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0JJ (from 1938; no addresses or places of death are revealed on records from the past 13 years)Newmarket Road Cemetery (Cambridge City Cemetery), Newmarket Road/Ditton Lane, Cambridge CB5 8PE (from 1903)Huntingdon Road Cemetery (on the same site as the City Crematorium; from 2003) The collection includes the details of many…

Stage and TV actor makes family history breakthroughs thanks to Deceased Online

This week, I am delighted to introduce a guest blog by actor, Paul Rider, who, when using the Deceased Online database to search for his great grandfather's burial record, chanced upon his great aunts' entries too.
He contacted us recently to tell us how, after three decades of searching, he made some great personal family history discoveries through the records Here's Paul's story:

For some time I'd been researching my family and in particular looking for the grave of my great grandfather, Richard William Rider.

I’d examined birth, marriage and death registers when they only existed in physical form at the General Register Office (GRO) in St Catherine's House; census records that were only available on microfiche; 19th century wills; newspapers at the old Colindale Library and latterly letters found at the National Maritime Museum from a Royal Navy ancestor of mine and sent to Admiral Nelson.

I've had a 30 year long passion for re…

Olympians of the Past

Whether you love or loathe sport, it's difficult to escape the excitement of this year's Olympic games. In this week's post, I look into the Deceased Online database at some of the athletes of the past and their very different experiences of sporting life from those competing at Rio 2016.

The Olympics is all about breaking boundaries, and pushing faster, higher, stronger as captured in its Latin motto, Citius, altius, fortius. This year's games broke records before it began with Rio de Janeiro being the first South American city to host the tournament. British viewers have so far delighted in the medal successes of swimmers Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin, divers Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow, and "trap" shooter, Edward Ling.

In the wake of London 2012, I blogged about a couple of Scottish Olympians in the Deceased Online database. As the number of collections has increased over the past four years, more Olympians have appeared.

In the Cambridge Collection I found …

International Day of Friendship

Next week sees the celebration of the UN's International Day of Friendship. In this week's blog, I reflect the importance of friendship by looking at some of the ways friend remember each other after death.

The United Nations (UN) proclaimed the International Day of Friendship in 2011, aiming to celebrate the role friendship between people, countries, cultures and individuals can play in leading to peace. The UN encourages governments to mark the day annually on the 30th July with events and initiatives that contribute to international efforts in mutual understanding and reconciliation.

As family historians, we often focus more on biological relationships than on friendships. However, our friends play a big part in our lives and some of our ancestors had companions who were more important to them than family. One problem when researching friendship in our families' pasts is that those relationships are not always recorded. There may be a reference to a friend in a will or d…