Many more records relating to deaths, burials and wills have been put online recently.

Memorial to Sarah Cox in Bishopsbourne churchyard, Kent

Deceased online at www.deceasedonline.com has increased its Northamptonshire database to 175,000 burial and cremation records with the addition of 118,000 cremation records for Kettering Crematorium.  Entries between May 1940 and April 1990 are available as cremation register scans, and subsequent cremations as computerised records.  Northants parishes now included in their English East Midlands database are:

  • Kettering area: Rothwell Road and London Road Cemeteries in Kettering, and cemeteries in Broughton, Burton Latimer, Cransley, Desborough, Pytchley, and Rothwell
  • Rushden area: Rushden Cemetery
  • Photos of all memorials in Broughton, Cransley and Pytchley cemeteries are included

Findmypast.co.uk has published 32,220 new City of London Burial Index records; and the Origins network (www.origins.net) has put Bedfordshire probate records 1484-1858 online.  Other new probate datasets in the Origins network are:

  • Consistory Court of Ely Probate Records, 1449-1858
  • Testamentary Records in the Commissary Court of London, Vol IV, Parts I – III 1626-1649 & 1661-1700
  • Index to the Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Carlisle, 1661-1750
  • Index to the Probate Accounts of England and Wales, Vols I & II
  • Buckinghamshire Probate Records, 1483-1660 and Buckinghamshire Peculiars, 1420-1660
  • Probate Records of the Court of the Archdeacon of Sudbury 1800-1858
  • Wills at Salisbury 1464-1858
  • Surrey Wills, Pre-1649

Ancestry.com has been busy working with London Metropolitan Archives to put London’s non-conformist registers 1694-1921 online, in a searchable database of 130,000 records.

Ancestry has also put online a searchable database of over 50,000 men who were killed, wounded or captured during the Boer War, and Findmypast.co.uk has published the records of over half a million men who served in the British militia, the precursor to the UK’s Territorial Army, 1806 to 1915. The records include height, weight, chest size, complexion, eye colour, hair colour and distinctive marks of each recruit.