30 April 2017

Ancestry adds London, England, City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Registers, 1841-1966

At last.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery, 33 acres, mainly served London's East End. Many were pauper burials lacking a monument. One of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries, Tower Hamlets cemetery records have been available at the London Metropolitan Archives for years but only a limited range of years had been transcribed. Now they're at Ancestry.

Ancestry's Tower Hamlets collection brings together the daybooks and registers of burials, and the register of private graves. There are 764,378 indexed entries which includes the same person in different documents.

A typical entry has name, abode, when buried, age and by whom the ceremony was performed.

While free is good in the long run you get what you pay for. Ancestry's arrangement with the LMA, which has brought many London records online, shows the power of money again in bringing indexed records linked to images of the original burial records online.

The site. closed to burials since 1966, is now a cemetery park and nature reserve with multiple uses. See a YouTube video on the present (2016) situation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUd_IPqSt24.

Deceased Online includes four of the Magnificent Seven in it's inventory of 65 London Cemeteries, Brompton, Highgate, Kensal Green, and Nunhead. Transcripts for Abney Park are free with registration online at www.devsys.co.uk/ap/. That leaves West Norwood without comprehensive online access to burial records.

To inspire searching London cemetery records Coldplay has some appropriate music.

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