Deceased Online releases Highgate Cemetery records

By jonbauckham, 5 January 2017 - 5:17pm

A total of 160,000 records from London's famous Highgate Cemetery have been released online for the first time, providing details of burials spanning 1839-2010

Highgate Cemetery London
Highgate Cemetery is divided across two sites and covers 37 acres (Photo: Getty Images)

Burial registers from one of Britain’s most famous cemeteries have been published on the web for the first time.

Released on Friday 30 December, Deceased Online’s latest collection contains details of all 160,000 burials recorded at Highgate Cemetery in London between 1839 and 2010.

Fully searchable, each entry in the database features a scan of the register page on which it appears, along with a list of all occupants buried in the same grave.

A large percentage of the entries also include cemetery maps, enabling family historians to see exactly where their ancestors are interred.

First opened in 1839, Highgate is known as one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, boasting a variety of famous occupants ranging from economist and philosopher Karl Marx to novelist George Eliot.

Records for three other members of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ group – Brompton, Kensal Green and Nunhead – are also available to explore on Deceased Online.

The Highgate records have been released in partnership with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, which currently manages the site.

The organisation’s chief executive, Dr Ian Dungavell, said the new development would prove useful for staff and researchers alike.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this service not just to visitors to the Cemetery, but to a global audience whether they be interested in the wonderful history of this special place or if they are simply researching their own family history,” he said.

“This is also very useful for our own staff and researchers providing a comprehensive resource to locate graves and burials quickly and easily”.

To explore the Highgate Cemetery records, click here. While pay-per-view credits or a subscription is required to view scans of the burial registers, searching the index is free.

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