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Published 13 Jan 2011
By: Rick Roberts, Biography & Archived Articles
This article began as a list of the new burial records that DeceasedOnline.com added to their online database in 2010. Once that was finished, I thought that I would expand the article to include a guided tutorial on how the site works. One record from my search sample led to a surprising new discovery.
More burial records added in 2010 with more to come:
DeceasedOnline.com's database of cemetery and crematoria records continued to grow during 2010, with bright promise of a multitude of new digitized United Kingdom burial records to be added throughout 2011.
They are currently digitizing about two million burial and cremation records to be added to their website database, from fifteen burial and cremation authorities around the UK. According to Deceased Online they are in negotiation with thirty more organizations, hoping to add five million more records to that total.
List of additions and updates in 2010:
Free searches include data:
Researchers can search the site without cost, and receive a transcription of the name of the individual, the date of burial, location that it was recorded at, and the date of death.
The above is the result of a search for everyone in the database with the DARNBROUGH surname.
I searched the DeceasedOnline.com database for anyone with the DARNBROUGH surname. Being a very uncommon surname, the search resulted in only two entries. Not surprising since the family is concentrated in a small area in Yorkshire from which DeceasedOnline.com has not yet secured burial records. The good news is that I was able to identify two DARNBROUGH "strays" that I was previously unaware of. There was no cost for the result shown.
More free information:
Next I clicked on the first entry: Bernard Darnbrough. The following screen resulted.
The new screen provided the additional (free) information of the "Site" of the burial records - Salcombe Town Council
Accessing digitized images of burial or cremation records:
The new screen also provided links where a researcher can purchase access to digitized copies of Bernard Darnbrough's burial records.
The interment details screen provided information about two additional individuals who were buried in the same site as Bernard Darnbrough - Harry Darnborough and Derek Darnbrough. This was a transcribed record, not a document.
Interment Details screen provided information about two more Darnbroughs in the same burial record
Burial Register Scan:
Next, I clicked on Bernard Darnbrough's name which took me back to the Burial Register Summary screen where i clicked on the VIEW "Burial Register Scan (15 credits)" for Bernard Darnbrough. The Burial Register Scan page popped up with a small image of the scanned register, with easy links to open it up into full size for reading, printing or saving. The same could have been done for the other two Darnbroughs who were listed on the interment Details screen.
Burial Register Scan screen provides thumbnail of scanned burial record with links to full size document
Inspection of the full size scans of the burial register revealed that Bernard Darnbrough died at 4 years of age on September 8th, 1942 on Church Street Salcombe. Seven year old Derek Darnbrough, the adjoining entry, also died on Church Street on the same day. On the same page of the burial register is listed a 40 year old "housewife" named Dorothy Rose Ball, also of Church Street, who died on that day. The following day, 11 month old Kenneth William John Minney died in local hospital. It seems a concentrated number of burials for small town accustomed to one death every month or so.
One record can lead to new discoveries:
This example illustrates that a burial register can tell a bigger story than that which is recorded. It also demonstrates that it is important to always look at adjoining entries in any original record.
On one specific street, in a small town on the English Channel coast, three people died on one day, and another died in hospital on the day following. The year was 1942. A quick Google search using a search reference of "1942 Salcombe bombing" quickly revealed that the town was bombed during World War Two on September 8, 1942. The German Luftwaffe was probably after the boat yard in the harbour.
The odds are good, but not certain, that the deaths of Bernard Darnbrough and the others, were a result of that bombing. More research is needed to prove my assumption.
In summary, I look forward to doing many more record searches on DeceasedOnline.com. I'm sure that they have more burials for me to find during future searches of their database throughout 2011.
Click here to try out DeceasedOnline.com
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