Burial and cremation records available online
Published Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Researching family history or learning about famous and infamous people of the past, finding burial and cremation records in Royal Greenwich can now be done online from your own home
There are nearly 500,000 burial and cremation records managed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and they can all be searched online.
To do this the Royal Borough has teamed up with the specialist family history organisation Deceased Online and a wide range of records are now available on their website at www.deceasedonline.com .
This includes digital scans of burial and cremation registers, computerised records of burials and cremations, details of those buried in each grave, cemetery maps indicating the area for each grave location and some photographs of memorials and headstones.
Searching through these records can be a great way to learn more about the history of your family. There are five cemeteries in Greenwich, and records are kept for burials that have taken place at all of them. Eltham Crematorium is run by a joint committee alongside Bexley and Dartford Councils.
You can search the website for free and documents of interest can be downloaded or printed for a small charge. Simply follow the instructions on the website. As well as records in Royal Greenwich, Deceased Online includes millions of burial and cremation records for other London boroughs and for areas across the UK.
If you do not have an internet connection you can visit a local library or The Woolwich Centre to use the internet.
You can also book an appointment to search the physical records by calling 020 8921 6885. There is more information on all of the above www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/familyhistory .
Cllr Maureen O Mara, the Royal Borough of Greenwichs cabinet member for community safety and enforcement said: "The service that the Royal Borough and Deceased Online offers allows residents quick and easy access to a wealth of valuable records that can prove invaluable when researching family history. I encourage everyone connected to Royal Greenwich to utilise the service and learn more about their past."
For media information contact Dan Stephens in the Royal Borough of Greenwich Communications press office.
Tel: 020 89215011
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