Lo­cate cre­ma­to­ri­ums

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

In 1963 the Pope lifted a ban on Catholics seeking cre­ma­tion, and five years later cre­ma­tions out­num­bered buri­als for the first time. De­ceased On­line ( de­cease­donline.com) pro­vides a cen­tral data­base for UK buri­als and cre­ma­tions, but it is not com­pre­hen­sive. If the record is not on­line, the best way to iden­tify the cor­rect cre­ma­to­rium is to ob­tain the death cer­tifi­cate and note the usual ad­dress. Then, us­ing a con­tem­po­rary map, pin­point the near­est burial grounds and cre­ma­to­ri­ums that were ac­tive at the time. Cre­ma­to­rium de­tails can usu­ally be found via a lo­cal coun­cil web­site. Some cre­ma­to­ri­ums of­fer free lookups in the reg­is­ter, but others charge a search fee (usu­ally be­tween £8 and £20).

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