Deceased Online now has Brookwood Cemetery Records

This is major. The first addition to Deceased Online this year. It’s huge from a cemetery that long resisted making its records available online.

The largest cemetery in the UK, Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, also known as the London Necropolis,  now has records available to view on

The records comprise approximately 243,000 individual burial records. Dates are from 1854 to 2016. There are burial register scans for all records and details of other grave occupants. Many records also have maps showing the approximate location of the grave.

There is a free quick search available. You need to have purchased at least one pay-per-view voucher within the last six months, or have a subscription, to perform an advanced search that allows you to specify the cemetery.

Brookwood holds the graves of 325 Canadian dead from the First World War and 2,404 from the Second World War.

Findmypast Updates Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire Parish Records

Before mentioning the new records, there’s an opportunity to explore the FMP collection of British census records for FREE this weekend until 5 am on Monday 3 May. It’s not clear whether it’s just on or also on

Now the additions.

For Monmouthshire, the additions mentioned are over 8,300 baptism records from 1921 for 70 parishes. I could only find 3,784.  Also mentioned over 5,600 marriage and banns records from 1936. I found 2,852 for 41 parishes. 

For Glamorganshire, the additions are baptisms from 1921, I found 2,264 for 112 parishes; and marriages and banns from 1936. I found 5,828 for 56 parishes.


S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing

Today, 30 April, marks the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the only troopship carrying Canadian Army troops to be lost during the Second World War, resulting in the loss of 207 lives.

I recognized the ship name as a few months earlier, in September 1940, the S.S, Nerissa had brought 16 boys and 18 girls to Halifax, N.S. on their way to British Columbia as part of the CORB scheme to evacuate children from Britain.

As mentioned in the OGS eWeekly Update, today also sees the publication of the second edition of “S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing”, by William Dziadyk, a retired naval officer. Revised, “This second edition is the result of feedback from readers, and additional research and analysis related to:

  • Nerissa’s many wartime sailings prior to and including her final crossing of the North Atlantic;
  • Personnel and other records;
  • Public relations dilemmas in both Canada and the UK; and
  • Inclusion of additional humanizing details to a tragic story.

New material also includes contextual details of the overall Battle of the Atlantic war efforts, and Bletchley Park’s advances in decrypting German naval Enigma encoded messages … during the few weeks before and after the sinking of the S.S. Nerissa.”

Available at

British Newspaper Archive April Additions

The British Newspaper Archive added 225,236 pages in the last 7 days for a total of  42,441,368 pages online (41,992,236 last month).

This month 102 papers had pages added (51 in the previous month). There were 50 (22) new titles. Dates range from 1801 to 1985.

The eight newspapers with more than 10,000 pages added were:

Atherstone News and Herald 1895-1910, 1913-1949, 1951-1982
Cycling 1891-1892, 1894-1914
Eckington, Woodhouse and Staveley Express 1897-1911, 1913-1940
Flintshire County Herald 1887-1895, 1898-1910, 1912-1947
Glamorgan Advertiser 1919-1949, 1951-1962
Gravesend & Northfleet Standard 1892-1895, 1898-1910, 1912-1915
Hull Daily News 1852-1853, 1855-1869, 1871-1873, 1876, 1878, 1880-1883, 1889
Swindon Advertiser 1899, 1901-1910, 1912


Who Do You Think Are The Top Tweeters – Update

At the end of January, I listed the top tweeters using #genealogy and #familyhistory for the past week. Here’s an update for the past week ending noon 28 April.
FamilyTreeTips2 remains at the top of both lists. ClioVis, which wasn’t in the list at all in January, has now overtaken Heirs2U on the #genealogy list.

Rank User of #genealogy Tweets User of #familyhistory Tweets
1 FamilyTreeTips2 132 FamilyTreeTips2 95
2 ClioVis 90 Heirs2U 55
3 Heirs2U 83 ClioVis 46
4 BBPetura 49 marksology 40
5 marksology 49 BeyondBrickWal1 36
6 BeyondBrickWal1 47 sillymummyft 34
7 sillymummyft 41 BBPetura 33
8 bonavacantia1 40 thecoadb 33
9 chiddickstree 40 jaspercolesays 28
10 thecoadb 39 chiddickstree 27
11 ConfKeep 36 GenealogyWise 27
12 BSpodNetwork 30 bonavacantia1 25
13 CarolinaGirlGen 29 GeneaStudies 25
14 GenesBlog 29 CarolinaGirlGen 24
15 GenealogyWise 28 ConfKeep 22
16 jaspercolesays 28 packrat74 16
17 GeneaStudies 27 MarianBWood 14
18 geneastories 25 ngsgenealogy 14
19 MarianBWood 25 DavisDNAdotcom 13
20 ngsgenealogy 24 geneastories 13
21 packrat74 24 AmericanCousin1 12
22 pennysresearch 24 Cferra1227 12
23 ancestryhour 21 DanielGenealogy 11
24 ClarasJewelry 20 GenesBlog 11
25 geniaus 19 rjseaver 11
Grand Total 2863 Grand Total 1762

ClioVis is “an innovative digital timeline tool developed at the University of Texas at Austin by Dr Erika Bsumek.” Find out more at

Know Your Place

Previously “Know Your Place” was an admonition to someone to respect their usually lower status in the British social hierarchy.

Today you only expect to hear it in that context on “Upstairs-Downstairs.”

These days Know Your Place is a British digital heritage mapping resource. It gives “online access to a range of historic data, but more importantly provides a place where users can add information about your local area, building a rich and diverse community map of local heritage for everyone. It’s free to use and anyone can add to the map.”

Started in Bristol, Know Your Place expanded to the West of England where it now “spans eight counties and 7279 square miles, with other counties around the UK interested in putting their areas on the map in future.” The latest, just starting online, is Worcester.

Check it out for insights into the area where your ancestors lived.

How’s it going at LAC?

Back on 5 September 2019, on the old blog site, I posted More digital promised at LAC.

Here’s the text.

“Here’s how Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir responded to the question “What is your primary aim as Librarian and Archivist of Canada during your four-year term?”

My primary aim is to raise the profile of Library and Archives Canada through enhanced digital presence, responsive services and public programming, and engagement with the public in our new buildings and spaces.

It will be interesting to see what “enhanced digital presence” means. Is it more exhibit type social media — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc? Hopefully, it’s more than that. In the LAC 3-year plan published in May a goal was “We will increase access to our collection and expand opportunities for the public to enhance LAC’s holdings.” LAC clients will look forward to news on how that will be accomplished with digitization at a pace above that already achieved.”

Now, 20 months in, how do you judge things are going? While the best-laid plans will suffer in an age of COVID the first of the above “enhanced digital presence” is something on which many peer organizations have continued to make progress.

What letter grade would you give Library and Archives Canada in fulfilling the aims stated by Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir 20 months ago?

Body Snatching

If you’re reading this late at night and would like to sleep soundly you’d be well advised to stop—if you’re liable to have nightmares. Come back in the morning.

DIGGINGUP1800: DISSECTING THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD OF BRITAINS BODY SNATCHERS is a website by Suzie Lennox. To start she recommends two of her favourite posts Stealing a Cadaver and Making a Killing.

There’s also a YouTube video Raiders of the Grave: Macabre tales of Bodysnatchers & what churches did to stop them. The presentation starts at 17:10.

A post on the site Oakum Picking In A Victorian Prison is of relevance for my family history. I used an image from that, others could be too gruesome.

This Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Those in red are Canadian, bolded if local to Ottawa. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed.

Tuesday 27 April, 2 pm:  Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 27 April, 2 pm: Recent updates to MyHeritage’s historical record search engine, by Dana Drutman for MyHeritage Webinars.

Tuesday 27 April, 2:30 pm: Preparing Your Family History for Publication:
A Writing Workshop, by M. Teresa Baer for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Tuesday 27 April, 7 pm: The Family History Reno Project, by Bob Dawes for Wellington County Branch OGS.

Wednesday 28 April, 2 pm: 94% European and 6% Nigerian – Tracing My Missing Nigerian Ancestor, by Yetunde Moronke Abiola for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Thursday 29 April, 6:30 pm: The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing Your Family History, by M. Teresa Baer for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Saturday 1 May, 10 am: Sisters of St. Joseph Orphanage Records, by Mary Kosta for London and Middlesex Branch OGS.


4 — 6 June 2021: OGS Conference. 

19 – 26 September 2021: BIFHSGO Conference. Irish Lines and Female Finds: Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy.

CEF Beechwood Burial: Herbert Kitcheman

Herbert Kitcheman was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 30 November 1869. He was the son of Robert (John?) and Mary Ellen nee Limbert, but n the 1881 census was in the home of his uncle Edward and aunt Mary Kitcheman. Together they came to Ottawa in 1883.

He was in the Active Militia in Ottawa in 1886 and appears as a civil servant with the Ottawa Post Office as of 13 April 1889. Herbert Kitcheman married Harriet Wilson in Ottawa on 31 October 1892.

Continuing service as a letter carrier, he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Royal Canadian Field Artillery. Serving from December 1899 to January 1901 he received three clasps to his Queen’s Medal.

For the Great War, he enlisted with the 69th Battalion Canadian Forestry Corps, Service Number: 2157329. Serving in Canada, England and France he was injured when a tree fell on him and subsequently discharged as unfit.

Herbert Kitcheman died at Davisville Hospital in Toronto on 26 April 1921 of carcinoma of the neck and cardiac failure.  His remains are in Sec. 41. Lot 35. South part, at Beechwood Cemetery.