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Showing posts from November, 2012

The Warburtons of Bolton

This week, we uploaded burial records for Astley Bridge and Blackrod Cemeteries to the Deceased Online database . To mark the occasion, we look at Henry Warburton and discover what he owed to the humble loaf of bread. Henry Warburton 1865-1936 (c) Bolton Museums & Archive Service On 9   September 1936, 71 year old Henry Warburton was buried at Astley Bridge Cemetery in Bolton, Lancashire. A true son of Bolton, his pall bearers were playing staff from the local football team, Bolton Wanderers FC. When his probate was granted in London a few months later, on 25 January 1937, his estate was revealed to be worth a vast £29,875. This was some way from Henry's origins, being born in 1865 as the son of a cotton waste dealer in Kestor Street. But his good fortune was to begin in 1876, when he was just 11 years old. It was then that Henry's uncle, Thomas Warburton (1837-1909) set up his eponymous bakery business. His plan was simple: "This is a family com

Kildalton Kirkyard, Isle of Islay

Newly added data increases Deceased Online's Scottish database to nearly 200 cemeteries and burial grounds In a joint project with Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (SMI) we have uploaded monumental inscriptions together with photographs (of headstones dating back to 1632) for 13 cemeteries and burial grounds as indicated below: SITE NAME EARLIEST READABLE YEAR New Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh 1746 Invergarry Cemetery, Highlands 1957 Cromdale and Advie, Morayshire 1768 Old Monklands Cemetery, North Lanarkshire 1632 Biggar Churchyard and Cemetery, South Lanarkshire 1700 Larkhall, South Lanarkshire       1900 Lesmahagow Churchyard, South Lanarkshire 1622 Stonehouse Churchyard, South Lanarkshire 1651 Stonehouse Old and New Cemeteries, South Lanarkshire 1876 Strathaven Cemetery, South Lanarkshire 1676 St Mary's Churchyar

Bolton Cemeteries: Tonge and Heaton

We are really excited about all the new data we’re adding from the cemeteries and crematorium in the Bolton Council area. As you may have seen on our Facebook and Twitter pages, last week we uploaded 116,000 burial records for Tonge Cemetery, which dates back to 1856. This week, we have added nearly 95,000 records from Heaton Cemetery, which opened in 1879. As usual, included with the records are all the register scans and detailed maps of grave locations. For Tonge Cemetery, we’ve also included over 3,000 photographs of memorials and headstones which we estimate will represent some 15,000 of those buried. It’s interesting that the ratio of headstones and memorials to the total number is so small; only 10% of burials are acknowledged in this way. So the inclusion of a detailed map in the data is essential for those trying to find most of the graves. The map for Tonge Cemetery show how the cemetery designated specific areas for separate Christian denominations, with

Remembrance Day 2012

This Sunday marks the 94 th anniversary of the end of the Great War. In honour of the Armistice, this week’s post pays tribute to the many servicemen and women, and civilian war dead, whose burial records can be found in the Deceased Online database . Over 1,700,000 men and women of Commonwealth forces died in the two world wars. Thousands more were killed in the numerous battles and wars that have taken place across the world over past centuries. Deceased Online’s database includes not only official Commonwealth burial grounds like those in Shooter’s Hill, Greenwich, and Chester (Blacon), but records of individuals whose service is long forgotten and whose graves now lie neglected. There are collections of Allied forces from outside the Commonwealth, such as the Norwegian section in Greenwich and that of 86 Polish airmen whose graves lie in Chester, far from home. Register of Canadian Air Force burials at Blacon, Chester (from the database)  There are also burial

New Maps Online for St Peter's Cemetery and Churchyard

New data for Scotland will be appearing on Deceased Online over the next couple of weeks. Here we give you an insight into our holdings on the cemeteries of Aberdeen. The ‘Granite City’, as Scotland's third largest city is known, features strongly in the Deceased Online database . You can search around 248,000 records from nine cemeteries and burial grounds, including St Nicholas Churchyard, Trinity Churchyard, Nigg Cemetery, John Knox Churchyard, St Peter's Cemetery - linked with Spital Churchyard, St Clement's Churchyard, Old Machar Churchyard, Grove Cemetery and Nellfield Cemetery. We have just added detailed grave location maps of Spitak (aka St Peter’s) Churchyard and St Peter’s Cemetery. Located in the north of the city, these two cemeteries form one vast graveyard. The Deceased Online database contains registers, which date from 1767, for over 160,000 burials. Besides the registers are the Dues Books. For the earliest dates these cover the date of burial