Burial records digitised on special family history site

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The records of individuals buried in Aberdeenshire can now be accessed online following the completion of work to digitise them.

Aberdeenshire Council’s burial records have been added to the specialist family history website www.deceasedonline.com.

The local authority manages in excess of 200 burial grounds and cemeteries across the area and has carried out the work to make burial records more easily available and accessible to the general public.

Included in the 200,000 records now available are the burial details of John Brown, Queen Victoria’s famous favourite, who is buried at Crathie Kirk, Balmoral.

The earliest records date from 1615 and give users an opportunity to carry out research into the history of those buried in the area.

Users of the website can search the database for free before opting to pay a small fee for individual details and records which can then be downloaded and saved.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscapes, Philip McKay, said: “I am delighted that Aberdeenshire Council has completed digitisation of these fascinating records.

“The new dataset is very important in the context of family history and allows not only Aberdeenshire residents to discover more about their local heritage but also gives visitors from further afield the opportunity to trace their roots and discover more about their ancestry.”