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Have you seen this month's Discover Your Ancestors Periodical?

The May 2023 edition of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical is out!

In this issue:

A roof over one's head: Denise Bates unpacks the world of property rentals, tenants' rights and moving house in the past
For the love of God: Caroline Roope explores the work and adventures of 19th century missionaries
The duties of a Victorian registrar: As family historians we rely on the work of past registrars of marriages, births and deaths, but we know little of their work. Daniel Hewitt tells their story
'Murderer' in the margins: Nick Thorne uses the latest enhanced census images to help trace the Eltham Murder victim and the accused, both recorded under the same roof
Hats off to Harold! In February Keith Gregson wrote about a chest full of surprises. An ancient piano stool also caught his eye...
History in the details: Picturing fashion c.1700

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Over 125,000 records of GRO Removal of Graves and Tombstones released online


TheGenealogist has added to its Headstone Collection copies of records from certain local authorities and the Church Commissioners that relate to the removal of graves and tombstones in burial grounds. These records are held by The National Archives.



They detail former cemeteries from all over England and Wales and cover the years 1619 to 2003. A number contain a plan of the original place of burial while some will reveal the place of reinterment also.

An example of transcription of a headstone removed in TheGenealogist’s RG 37 records

Headstones are an extremely useful record for the family historian as they can give the researcher information that has not been recorded elsewhere.

They are mostly accurate in revealing dates and names and often other family members are on the same tombstone or are buried close by.

When a grave or headstone has been removed then a record of the inscription may have been recorded in this particular recordset.


The Removal of Graves and Tombstones records on TheGenealogist are part of their Death & Burials – Headstone Collection and are searchable by: 

  • the deceased’s name
  • year of death
  • place of original burial
  • any keyword that may have been included


Details from a search of TheGenealogist’s Death & Burials records


The origin of these RG 37 official records of burial ground removals can be traced back to 1911 and a recommendation was made by the Attorney General that such records be made and deposited with the local registrar of births and deaths. The Registrar General suggested to the Home Secretary of the time that the records should be deposited with the miscellaneous records held by the General Register Office instead of at the local registrar. 


If your ancestor was buried in one of the burial grounds to have been recorded in this release then, despite the headstone no longer standing, you will be able to discover details about your ancestor recorded on their tombstone at the time it had been originally erected.


Read TheGenealogist’s article: A not so final resting place


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TheGenealogist adds new War Memorial records and property records for Hitchen

TheGenealogist has added 56,924 new individuals to their War Memorial collection, bringing the total number of fully searchable War Memorial Records on TheGenealogist to over 665,000.


These fully searchable records have been transcribed and their location plotted to allow subscribers to find the names of ancestors that paid the ultimate sacrifice.