Using the internet to find census records and entries in the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages is fairly simple. However, until now there has been no central facility for searching UK burial and cremation register records and anyone wishing to find a grave, or details of a burial or cremation, has had to approach each burial authority or crematorium individually. With over 10,000 cemeteries and 277 crematoria across the UK today this can be a mammoth task.
To reduce this burden, the Council has partnered with ‘Deceased On-Line’ and had all of its burial and cremation registers and grave plans scanned as part of developing a national internet database.
Deceased On-Line is a national database that has powerful searching facilities to allow enquirers to find burial and cremation records by name, date and locality. There is an option to retrieve further related information, such as digital images of the original register pages, photographs of headstones and other memorials, scans of book of remembrance pages, and maps to locate graves in cemeteries.
As with other family history websites, an initial search on name and date is free, with access to further information on a pay-per-view basis.