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Kincardineshire Aberdeenshire

Deceased Online now holds searchable burial records for over 150,000 individuals from 100 sites across Aberdeenshire. I am especially pleased that these include registers from the old county of Kincardineshire, the home of my JOLLY ancestors. In celebration of the new Kincardineshire and Aberdeenshire records being uploaded to the database, this week I look at my family connection to the history of Benholm parish and its cemetery. My great great grandfather William Jolly (1842-1889) enlisted in the Royal Engineers in May 1867. He was shortly transferred to England, and by 1871 he was living in barracks at the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum). He would never live in Scotland again. William Jolly R.E. in England in later years William had been born in Montrose, Forfarshire (now Angus) where his father, James Jolly, worked as a salmon fisher. But within a few years the family dispersed and William went to live with his grandfather, also Willia

Northamptonshire Burial Records

This week, I'm looking at some of Deceased Online's less-known datasets, focusing on Kettering, Corby and Rushden in the county of Northamptonshire John Speed's map of Northamptonshire c.1676 There are a total of 12 cemeteries and 1 crematorium in Deceased Online 's Northamptonshire collection. All can be searched on the website in the UK records section, under "East Midlands" in the drop-down menu . Being landlocked, Northamptonshire is an interesting region to have ancestors. Many inhabitants moved back and forth to neighbouring counties. Northamptonshire is unusual in sharing borders with nine other counties: Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, the former county of Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. The county is largely rural, although heavy industry predominated in Corby from the 1930s. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Northamptonshire as a whole was most celebrated for its manufact