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East Staffordshire Collection

As a descendant of a long line of Staffordians, I am delighted that records from East Staffordshire Borough Council have just been added to the Deceased Online database

Those of us with industrious Midlands ancestors tend to feel pride in our skilled and creative forebears. Like other Midlands areas, East Staffordshire has a rich industrial heritage, notably in brewing. East Staffordshire Borough Council is based in Burton upon Trent, possibly the most famous brewing town in the UK. Close to Derby, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham and the spectacular Peak District, the council's jurisdiction covers Uttoxeter, Burton upon Trent, Abbots Bromley, Barnton-under-Needwood, Denstone, Ellastone, Hambury, Kingstone, Marchington, Mayfield, Rolleston on Dove and Tutbury.

Deceased Online's new East Staffordshire Collection includes nearly 60,000 burial records (covering scans of burials register entries and grave details of occupants in each plot) from the following:
Stapenhill (formerly Burton) …

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In honour of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February, this week's post celebrates the lives of some of the female scientists in the Deceased Online records

The very first International Day of Women and Girls in Science is being observed across the world, today on Thursday 11th February 2016. The United Nations declared this date should mark the achievements of women in science, and should be used to inspire and engage more females to become involved.

Britain has a long history of women working and innovating in science, but sadly they have not always been as celebrated as their male counterparts.

Yesterday (10th February) marked 174 years since the birth of astronomer, Agnes Mary Clerke, in County Cork, Ireland. Both Agnes and her sister, Ellen Mary Clerke (1840-1906) were educated at home and both went on to work in astronomy. Agnes was writing about astronomy at the age of 15. In their thirties, she and Ellen studied further in Italy. Agnes moved t…