South Lon­don buri­als hit the web

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

Burial books from two South Lon­don ceme­ter­ies have been made avail­able on the web for the first time.

De­tails of more than 300,000 buri­als at Cam­ber­well Old and Cam­ber­well New ceme­ter­ies have been up­loaded to de­cease­donline.com, where they can be searched by name and year of in­ter­ment.

As well as a scan of the page on which the en­try ap­pears, each record con­tains a grave ref­er­ence and link to a ceme­tery map, en­abling fam­ily his­to­ri­ans to de­ter­mine the ex­act lo­ca­tion of their an­ces­tor’s rest­ing place.

Both sets of digi­tised records date back to the years in which the ceme­ter­ies first opened. For Cam­ber­well New Ceme­tery this is 1927, while for Cam­ber­well Old Ceme­tery users can ex­plore ma­te­rial from as early as 1856.

The re­lease of the new datasets means De­ceased On­line now holds more than 700,000 records for ceme­ter­ies owned by South­wark Coun­cil. Records from Honor Oak Cre­ma­to­rium – si­t­u­ated within the grounds of Cam­ber­well New Ceme­tery – will be added in the com­ing weeks.

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