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Scottish Collections: Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, and East Ayrshire

This week I continue our summary of what's currently available to help locate ancestors who died in Scotland by listing locations covered on our database from Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, and East Ayrshire.The ruins of Old Dollar Parish Church, Clackmannanshire 
Clackmannanshire  Alva Churchyard and CemeteryDollar ChurchyardPool of Muckart ChurchyardTillicoultry Cemetery, Clackmannanshire Dundee City Dundee Western CemeteryLogie Old ChurchyardRoodyards Burial Ground, Broughty FerrySt Aidan's Churchyard, Broughty FerrySt Peter's Churchyards, InvergowrieSt Rule's Churchyard, MonifiethEast Ayrshire Darvel New CemeteryDarvel Old CemeteryGalston CemeteryKilmaurs CemeteryKilmaurs St Maur's Glencairn Parish Church

Scottish Collections: Angus, Argyll & Bute, and Banffshire

This week I continue our summary of what's currently available to help locate ancestors who died in Scotland by listing locations covered on our database from Angus, Argyll & Bute, and Banffshire Amongst the burial sites in the Angus records is the beautiful Kirriemuir Cemetery, the resting place of the author and dramatist James Matthew Barrie (9 May 1860 - 19 June 1937).  AngusAberlemnoAirlieArbirlot Churchyard, ArbroathArbroath AbbeyArbroath EasternArbroath WesternArbirlotAuchterhouseBarryBarry Parish ChurchyardBirkhill CemeteryBrechinBrechin CathedralBridgefoot Churchyard, StrathmartineCarestonCarmyllieCortachy (Pipers Hillock)DunDun Churchyard and Extension *DunnichenDunnichen Church Cemetery *EassieEassie Churchyard and Extension *EdzellFarnellFarnell Churchyard and Extension *FernFowlisFowlis Easter Church *FriockheimFriockheim Cemetery *GlamisGlamis CemeteryGlamis Churchyard *Glen ClovaGlen IslaGlen Prosen GuthrieGuthrie Churchyard *InverarityInverarity Church, Forfar *I…

Scottish Collections: Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire

 Aberdeen City
Grove CemeteryJohn Knox ChurchyardNellfield CemeteryNigg Churchyard Old Machar ChurchyardSt Clements ChurchyardSt Nicholas ChurchyardSt Peter's CemeterySt Peter's ChurchyardTrinity CemeteryAberdeenshire
AboyneAlfordAlvahArbuthnott (New)Auchindoir (New)Auchindoir, KearnAuchterlessBalmoorBanchory DevenickBanchory TernanBanffBarthol Chapel (New)Barthol Chapel (Old)Belhelvie (Ext)Belhelvie (New)Belhelvie (Old)Benholm (Churchyard)Benholm JohnshavenBervieBervie Kirkburn (Old)BirseBlairdaffBourtieBoyndieBraemarCairnbulg and InverallochyCairnieCairnie, RuthvenClatt (inc ext)ClunyCorgarff (Old and New)CoullCowieCrathieCrimondCrudenCulsalmondDaviotDoune KirkDoune Kirk, MacDuffBoyndie (Old)Drumblade (New)DrumoakDunbennan, KinnoirDunnottarDurrisEchtEllonFetterangusFettercairnFetteressoFetternearFintray (Hatton of)Fintray (St Giles)Fintray (St Meddens)FinzeanFordounForglenForgueFoveranFoveran (Churchyard)FyvieGamrieGariochOld LogieGartlyGarvockGlenbervieGlenbuchatGlengairnGlen…

Scotland Overview

This week I introduce a summary of what's currently available to help locate ancestors who died in Scotland
A recent Twitter conversation has prompted this week's blog outlining our coverage of Scottish records in theDeceased Online database.
Researching Scottish ancestors can be complicated by the changing nature of its administrative boundaries over the years.My JOLLY ancestors, for example, came from the former county of Kincardineshire. Today, their towns and villages are located in Aberdeenshire. 

Although it helps to have a basic understanding of Scottish history, you can always search theDeceased Online databasewith just your ancestor's name.

The advance search options on the database also allow you to search for the nearest cemetery or churchyard to your deceased ancestor's home or place of death. Go to the free advanced search page and click "United Kingdom" in "Country" and then "Scotland" in "Region". If you click on the &…

Devon Collection: Exeter City's Higher Cemetery now on Deceased Online

The addition of Exeter City Council's Higher Cemetery, first opened in 1866, is now available to view on The records comprise computerised burial records, section maps showing the approximate location of graves in the cemeteries, and details of other grave occupants.
Above: Higher CemeteryHigher Cemetery provides the last resting place for a great many victims of the Theatre Royal Fire of 1887. 186 people died on the night of the 5th of September 1887 when a naked flame ignited drapery and, due to the poorly designed exits, they were unable to escape the fire. Most of them are buried in Higher Cemetery under a memorial cross designed by Harry Hems. Henry Setter of the West of England Fire and Life Insurance Company attended the fire and was on duty for a continuous 16 hours. Setter survived that night but sadly suffered a seizure later that month and died a few days later. His coffin was carried by his fellow fireman and he was buried in Higher Cemetery.

New Records: Exeter City Collection

Two of Exeter City's Cemeteries are Now Available on Deceased OnlineThe first release of Exeter City Council's collection includes Exwick and Topsham cemeteries, which are now available to view on The records comprise:computerised burial recordssection maps showing the approximate location of graves in the cemeteriesdetails of other grave occupants. Topsham Cemetery
The incredible memorial in Topsham Cemetery pictured below marks the resting place of Lieutenant Francis Ross, R.N. Dedicated to his memory by his daughter, the inscription tells of his death aboard HMS Tremendous in the victory of 1st June 1794, aged only 35 years old. The Glorious First of June, also known as the Fourth Battle of Ushant, was the first and largest of the naval fleet actions during the French Revolutionary Wars. Throughout May the British fleet had attempted to block the passage through the Atlantic of a convoy taking grain to France. This culminated in a huge battle near the …

Epitaphs in Cemeteries ii

This week we continue our series looking at epitaphs - those final words that help to immortalize our forebears in cemeteries. Above: a painting of Eliot by François D'Albert Durade, and her headstone
Numerous literary giants can be found in the burial and cremation registers on the Deceased Online website. One of the famous literary epitaphs is that of George Eliot in Highgate Cemetery, north London:
"Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence" Here lies the body of "George Eliot" Mary Ann Cross
George Eliot(1819 to 1880), one of the most prominent writers of the Victorian era, was buried in Highgate East Cemetery. Although she was baptised "Mary-Anne Evans", the novelist's later married name of Mary Ann Cross is inscribed on her headstone below that of her pen-name. Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Eliot left home after her father's death in 1849, and after travelling in Europe, she settled in London. 
Living and wo…

Epitaphs in Cemeteries

This week we look at the last words that remember our ancestors by examining epitaphs in burial grounds.  The grave of In Loving Memory of Alice Freestone in Alby (St Ethelbert) Churchyard, Norfolk. Her epitaph describes her as, "A Dear Wife and Mother" and "Worthy of Remembrance".
According to the Oxford Dictionary, epitaphs are, "words that are written or said about a dead person, especially words on a gravestone."The Deceased Online website includes photographs of graves and memorials, as well as digital scans of cremation and burial registers. Photographs, such as those from our Norfolk Collection, can give you an insight into the character of the deceased. They also provide us with essential genealogical information, such as the names of relatives.Among our records are some fascinating memorials and epitaphs.The Londonist website wrote an interesting post on Brompton Cemetery, whose burial registers you can search in our database. The headstone of Percy…

Census Book Competition Winner

Thank you to all who entered our latest book competition to win a copy of Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Censusby Emma Jolly (Pen & Sword, 2020)Congratulations to the winner - Frances Owen!

The answers to the census book competition are: (i) The census index for which year was the first to appear online?  1881 (ii) In 1942, the census returns of which year were destroyed? 1931

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International Dog Day 2020

As today, 26 August 2020, is International Dog Day we take a closer look at the canine connections in the Deceased Online database Monument to William French and the dog he rescued in St Pancras Cemetery, north London Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Rescue Advocate, Conservationist, Dog Trainer and Author, Colleen Paige began International Dog Day in 2004. It is now celebrated annually on August 26th.In honour of the day, we wanted to celebrate the bravery and canine love of 50-year-old William French who drowned 13 July 1896 while rescuing a dog in Highgate Ponds on the east side of Hampstead Heath, now in the London borough of Camden. The Referee newspaper of 19 July 1896 gave details of the inquest, held the previous Wednesday: He had gone with some companions to the ponds near Parliament Hill, Highgate, and had taken with him the dog of his employer. The dog, a Manchester terrier, after swimming a short distance, seemed to be in difficulties, and, fearing that it would sin…

Book Competition

This week we're offering a chance to win a copy of the second edition of Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Censusby Emma Jolly (Pen & Sword, 2020).
The book, which was published this week, is aimed at all family historians, whether experienced or beginners, and explores the full history of the census in the UK while giving hints and tips on how to find your ancestors. English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish censuses are all explored thoroughly, with differences noted between the census questions and the manner of enumeration in the respective regions.
The format of the book is chronological and includes details on surviving early censuses and census substitutes. This latest edition brings the book up to date, and includes sections on more recently released records, such as the 1939 Register.
Providing the researcher with a fascinating insight into who we were in the past, Emma Jolly’s new handbook is a useful tool for anyone keen to discover their family history. With detailed, access…