Deceased Online

Deceased Online is the first central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland, a unique resource for family history researchers and professional genealogists.

Registers can be searched by Country, Region, County, Burial Authority or Crematorium free of charge and you can register as a Deceased Online user to

Deceased Online Homepage screen grab

The Deceased Online website is easy to navigate

gain access to;

  • Computerised cremation and burial records
  • Digital scans of cremation and burial registers
  • Digital scans of books of remembrance
  • Photographs of graves and memorials
  • Cemetery maps showing grave locations
  • Other occupants in the same grave

Making changes

Until now, searching burial records has been a laborious and difficult process requiring  individual approach to about 3,000 burial authorities and nearly 250 crematoria in the UK alone, each independently holding their own registers, mostly as old fragile books. No official central repository exists.

Deceased Online is changing this, making it possible for burial and cremation authorities around the country to convert their register records, maps and photographs into digital form and bring them together into a central searchable collection.

Their growing database, holding records mainly from the 1850’s onwards, can provide invaluable information for researching family trees, and can reveal previously unknown family links from other interments recorded in the same grave.

Since it’s launch in July 2008, the site is continually being updated with data from all over the UK and Ireland as new burial authorities and crematoria join. A dedicated page shows clearly whose data was added and when, and what information is available in each case.

Searching Deceased Online

Searching is FREE, and can be restricted as required to country, region, county, or individual burial authority or crematorium. Further information can be accessed by purchasing credits.

Deceased Online Register search imageDepending on what has been provided by the originating authority, the further information might include:

  • Burial and cremation register entries in computerised form*
  • Digital scans of register pages*
  • Scans of book of remembrance pages
  • Grave details and other interments in a grave (key to making new family links)
  • Pictures of graves and memorials
  • Maps showing the exact locations of graves and memorials.

*Some authorities have completely or partially transcribed their registers into computer readable form, while others have done neither. Where registers have not been transcribed, they will have been scanned and indexed, offering a picture of the original page containing the entry of interest.

In some cases you will have the option of viewing both computerised register entry and page scan.

Collections

In addition to the normal burials and cremations register searching, Deceased Online have introduced a new kind of dataset called a collection.

Collections are typically records, and possibly images, that have not been indexed to the same extent as standard records, and are often best searched by browsing through them. Options are given to purchase access to the whole collection, or just those records within it containing the surname searched for.

Collections are usually contributed to Deceased Online by private collectors or independent organisations, and typically include items such as photographs of grave headstones, often with searchable transcripts of inscriptions, or old parish registers.

Deceased Online are continually developing the website and forthcoming enhancements include:

Annual subscription membership to complement pay-per-view access
Vouchers for those who don’t have credit or debit cards
An online shop, where you will be able to purchase such things as high quality images of register pages, and formal documents showing burial and cremation details.

More information

Visit the Deceased Online website

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