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Calderdale Collection: Latest Additions

This week Deceased Online adds records from three more cemeteries in its Calderdale Collection. The latest cemeteries are all market towns in West Yorkshire. In this week's blog I explore further the history of the area, touching on the collapse of the textile industry and its effects regionally.
As I wrote in my introductory post on the Calderdale Collection, this borough of former mill towns, moorland and waterways lies at the foothills of the Pennine Hills. Until the late 20th century, its economic life was dominated by textile industries. Calderdale comprises small towns whose cotton, worsted and wool mills were powered across the centuries by the fast-running waters of the River Calder. The latest additions to the Deceased Online database are for the cemeteries of Elland, Luddenden, and Rastrick near Brighouse. Dating back to the 1860s, the burial records include details of name, residence, age at death and also the rank, trade or profession of the deceased or next of kin. Be…

WDYTYA? Live 2016 and Grave Symbols

The Deceased Online team had a great time at Who Do You Think You Are? Live last week. One of the many interesting visitors to our stand at the show has inspired us to look further into the signs and symbols we often see on memorials and headstones.

Once again, everyone at Deceased Online would like to thank the organizers of Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the Society of Genealogists, and all of those who dropped by at our stand 288 at Birmingham's NEC on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. WDYTYA? Live remains the biggest family history show in the world (with over 13,000 visitors this year) and we were delighted to see many new and long-term Deceased Online users. Richard, Jamie and the team also enjoyed linking up with their friends in the many family history societies and other companies who attended. It was great to meet so many who love our website which we've been carefully building over the past 7+ years. We're looking forward to going back to NEC for the next show on …