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Memorial photographs from 90 Norfolk Cemeteries

Deceased Online is excited to announce the beginning of a large project with the release of memorial photographs from 90 Norfolk cemeteries on the database 
Above: headstones around the ruins of a church at Tunstall
Deceased Online has this week begun uploading images to its website from a vast photography collection of Norfolk cemeteriestaken by Norfolk resident, Louise Cocker

The first set of images includes images from 90 cemeteries and churchyards. This is a total of over 10,000 photographs. The photographs exist as a valuable record of headstones and memorials that are constantly being eroded by weather and time.

Louise has been photographing the headstones and memorials of Norfolk with her mother, Angela, since 2009. She told us, "It's something I am very passionate about as I think it is important for future generations to be able to see where their ancestors are buried." 

Above: many Victorian headstones were beautifully elaborate
Dating from the 17th century, the …

World Poetry Day 2018

Today Wednesday 21st March 2018, we celebrate the UN's World Poetry Day by looking at the famous and lesser-known poets that we've come across in the Deceased Online database

The United Nations designated21 March World Poetry Dayin 1999. Observing the day,according to UNESCO, encourages all of us to, "return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers . . . " In doing so, UNESCO recognises, "the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind."Like family history, poetry can reaffirm our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, across the world and across time, share the same questions and feelings.

Among the very famous poets in thedatabaseare the revolutionaryWilliam Blakeand feminist pioneer and chronicler of the mid-Victorian period,George Eliot.

William Blake …

International Women's Day 2018

In honour of International Women's Day 2018, this week's blog pays tribute to some of the inspirational women whose burial records are held in the Deceased Online database.


8 March each year marksInternational Women's Day. The event commemorates the movement forwomen's rights, and dates from 1909 when a day of observance was held in New York. That day was organised by the Socialist Party of America, but today events take place all over the world. They include talks, marches, conferences, fun runs, concerts, festivals and online digital gatherings. Throughout the day, actions and thoughts are focused on women living now and those who inspire us from the past. Among the billions of inspirational women who are no longer with us are remarkable women whose lives continue to be remembered by historical researchers and family historians. 

This year's theme is #PressforProgress. Below I explore a few of the amazing women in the Deceased Online database who pressed for progre…