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Competition Winners

Recent competition winners and our new project to celebrate sportsmen and women in the database This week we’ve begun work on a project to identify previously celebrated sportsmen and women who are contained in the Deceased Online database . If you have found, or are related to, any successful sportspeople in our records, please let us know. We have already found the following in our collections, but need your help to increase our list. Brompton Cemetery   boxer John Jackson (1769-1845) champion cricketer John Wisden (1826-1884) chess master Johannes Hermann Zukertor (1842-1888) a ll-round sportsman John Graham Chambers (1843-1883)  motor racer Percy Lambert (1881-1913) Cambridge Crematorium Olympic athlete, Arthur ‘Archie’ James Robertson (1879 - 1957)   Warristoun Crematorium Olympic shot-putter, Thomas ‘Ted’ Ranken (1875– 1950)  Hampstead Cemetery   Derby-winning jockey, Fred Archer (1857-1886) Trent Park   Arsenal football club manage

Ancestors found in Brompton Cemetery

Launch event at Brompton Cemetery reunites Deceased Online user with her ancestors After we uploaded the final set of records from Brompton Cemetery last week, we were inundated with messages via email, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages, from users who found their ancestors in the records. With over 200,000 burial records from the cemetery online, it is perhaps not surprising that many family historians with London ancestors have found them here. The Gate Lodge of Brompton Cemetery This week, we held a launch event at Brompton Cemetery which was attended by the Charles Williams , the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea , renowned genealogist Dr. Nick Barratt , representatives of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery , as well as staff from the Royal Parks , the cemetery itself, The National Archives and other local authorities. The event was a great success and the highlight was when family historian, Jan Ellis , was able to visit the grave of he

Brompton Cemetery in the late 19th Century

All records for more than 205,000 burials from 1840 to 1997 at Brompton Cemetery are now on the database. This week we uploaded the final set of records from Brompton Cemetery. Amongst the new data on Deceased Online are the burial details of some of the most significant and celebrated Londoners of the nineteenth century.  This year is the bicententary of the birth of John Snow (1813-1858) , pioneer epidemiologist and the man who discovered the causal link between contaminated water and cholera. He was also a practising physician, who pioneered anaesthetic methods and administered chloroform to Queen Victoria during the births of Beatrice and Leopold. Originally from York, Snow was the son of an unskilled labourer. Through hard work and the support of the ragged schools, he qualified as a physician at medical school in London in 1843 and began working in Soho. At the time it was popularly believed that cholera was caught from miasma, or ‘bad air’. In 1849, Snow prod