cemetery records

31 Oct 2016

More Graves than Gravestones

More graves than gravestones were discovered at a Southampton, New York, cemetery.
Apparently this is a shock to local historians and news to the New York Times reporter who wrote the piece.

Zach Studenroth, the town historian, said he was “astonished” by the number of people buried in the cemetery, but added that it made sense: Only the more affluent families in earlier centuries could afford gravestones.
“We look at these stones as records,” Mr. Studenroth said. “Absent the headstone, there’s no record of their having lived.”

I think Mr. Studenroth needs to make the acquaintance of some genealogists, archivists, and librarians.
But it’s an interesting topical read for today, entitled On a Long Island Burial Ground: 47 Gravestones, 1,700 Graves, on using ground-penetrating radar to map cemeteries. The good news:

David Fleming, the director of government relations for the New York State Association of Cemeteries, said he had noticed a renewed interest in preserving old burial grounds. There […]

31 Aug 2016

Finding Norwegian Ancestors in Eiker

Finding Norwegian ancestors in Eiker, Buskerud, was the other half of my summer adventure. (The first half of my ancestral trip was to Ringebu, Norway.) My paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Jens Nielsen, was baptized on 20 Jul 1690, at the Haug Kirke (above) in Eiker. So many of my father’s father’s father’s ancestors (and more to find) were baptized, married, or buried from this imposing church.

When I married, I kept my maiden name of Loe. It’s not very old, but it’s unusual. Just three letters that most people in the United States try to make into four, or five, or six. When I’ve tried surname DNA matches, I find people from England named Low or Lowe who emigrated from England to the Carolinas in colonial times.

So I’m a Loe from Loesmoen, the name of the farm where my great-grandfather, Hans Christensen Loe, was born in almost exactly one hundred years before me (and my cousin Wanda) in 1854. The […]

26 Aug 2016

DeceasedOnline.co.uk 2016 Sale

The DeceasedOnline.co.uk 2016 sale deadline approaches. Get double credits on vouchers for England, Wales, Republic of Ireland, and Scotland burial records if you order before midnight (British Summer Time) on 29 August 2016.

All voucher purchases double in value under the “buy one get one free” offer. Voucher purchases start at £5.00 (approx. US$6.57). For every voucher purchased, the same value will be added to your account in the form of a bonus. I was happy to see that vouchers that had expired were also returned to my account.
DeceasedOnline.co.uk 2016 Sale Promo Code
When purchasing vouchers, click on ‘add a promotion code’ and enter the special code AUG16DBLV in the box provided.

As I’ve noted before, this site offers free searches of a centralized database for burials and cremations in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. However, like ScotlandsPeople, you can search DeceasedOnline.co.uk for free, but viewing and downloading actual records costs a certain number of credits. Available records […]

10 Aug 2016

DeceasedOnline.co.uk Sale

Deceased Online is offering users double credits on pay-per-view vouchers used to access records and data on www.deceasedonline.co.uk.

The DeceasedOnline.co.uk sale starts immediately and runs until midnight (British Summer Time) on 29th August 2016.

Under the ‘buy one get one free’ offer, all voucher purchases, which start at £5.00, will be doubled in value. For every voucher purchased, the same value will be added to your account in the form of a bonus

When purchasing vouchers simply click on ‘add a promotion code’ and enter the special code  in the box provided.
About DeceasedOnline.co.uk
As I’ve noted before, this site offers free searches of a centralized database for burials and cremations in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Similar to ScotlandsPeople, you can search DeceasedOnline.co.uk for free, but downloading actual records costs a certain number of credits. Available records include:

Digital scans of cremation and burial registers
Digital scans of books of remembrance
Photographs of graves and memorials
Cemetery maps […]