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Highgate Cemetery’s records now available online

Records for historic Highgate Cemetery are now available on a specialist family history website. All 160,000 burial records between 1839 and 2010 can be viewed at www.deceasedonline.com.

Highgate Cemetery, which opened in 1839, is designated Grade I on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

It is a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ not just of notable Londoners spanning 180 years but of many from all over the world who have affected the course of history and culture.

Working with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, who manage the cemetery, Deceased Online has prepared and digitized a range records spanning the period 1839 to 2010 which include:

  • digital scans of original registers
  • grave details indicating all those buried in each grave
  • section location maps for almost all of the graves

The website enables regular and registered users to search the database. With advance search tools, users can search by names, regions, locations and year ranges or simply by a single cemetery site.

Records cost between £1.50 and £5.00 depending on the type of record which a user wishes to open, view and has the option to download. Simple searching is free, and free Advanced Searching is available to registered users who have purchased pay-per-view vouchers during the last six months or who have a subscription.

Advanced searches can be restricted as required to country, region, county, burial authority, cemetery or crematorium. Deceased Online has records for nearly 5 million London burials and cremations; many of which were supplied by local authorities as well as independent cemeteries and crematoria managed by trusts or privately. With the addition of Highgate, these include four of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ historic London cemeteries, the others being Brompton, Kensal Green and Nunhead.

Dr Ian Dungavell, Chief Executive of Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, said of the move to add digitized records to Deceased Online: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service not just to visitors to the Cemetery but to a global audience whether they be interested in the wonderful  history of this special place or if they are simply researching their own family history.

“This is also very useful for our own staff and researchers providing a comprehensive resource to locate graves and burials quickly and easily”.

Those buried after 2010 are not in the records available on Deceased Online.

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