Cultivate new connections in the South East of England with new parish records

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By Jessie Ohara | February 10, 2023

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There's over 500 years of documented history to explore.

This week sees the release of nearly 60,000 records across Kent and Middlesex, and includes an incredible hand-drawn map of Hawkinge Cemetery. Read on for a full rundown of what's new.

Greater London Burial Index

We've added 52,883 new records to this collection, all from Middlesex and spanning 1540-1949. They cover 22 churches in the area, and you can find an updated parish list here.

A page from the new Middlesex burials

A page from the new Middlesex burials. View this record here.

Some of these new additions will have images, like the one above - if this is the case, make sure to check the original for extra details that may have been recorded.

Otherwise, these records will give the standard burial information: place and date of death and burial, birthplace, and full name. Some may also include an occupation, the father's last name, and the name of the minister.

You may find a link in the extra information field which could give you more detail on the church itself.

Kent, Folkestone District Monumental Inscriptions

We've added 6,000 new records to this collection, from six churches in the area. Most records will offer the standard information: full name, death date, denomination, and the inscription where available.

That's not the showstopper of the week, though. If you have ancestors who you know were buried in Hawkinge Cemetery, you're in luck.

The new Hawkinge Cemetery monumental inscription records

The new Hawkinge Cemetery monumental inscription records. View this page here.

The records from this cemetery have come from a hand-drawn map created by a local couple, Marion and Jim Overton, between 2006 and 2007. In it, they have not only mapped out each of the gravestones, but the location of seats and flower pots, where there are steeper banks, and even the uphills and downhills of the graveyard.

'Steep bank' written onto the map.

'Steep bank' written onto the map.

At the top of the page, Marion Overton writes:

"'This is an approximation of where the graves are in relation to other graves by the names on them. It is not done by measurements of any kind and is just to give an idea to a searcher of the area to look in for a particular grave.'"

She ends the note by saying:

"'It has taken two years to get this information off of the stones, some being difficult to see and many needing to be unburied from the undergrowth (which my husband Jim did). We hope the results will prove useful.'"

It is incredible work from Marion and Jim, and we're so grateful to have been able to scan such a wonderful and rare document.

The Hawkinge Cemetery map, having been printed and ready for scanning.

The Hawkinge Cemetery map, having been printed and ready for scanning.

Each grave will include as much information as possible - the style of the grave, any flower pots or other decorative pieces that are there, plot numbers, and the inscription itself including death dates or next of kin. You'll also find multiple graves for RAF pilots, as there was a base nearby.

The graves documented in detail in Hawkinge Cemetery.

The graves documented in detail in Hawkinge Cemetery.

Even if you don't have relatives in the cemetery, it's fully worth taking a look at the image and seeing how much detail you can get lost in.

A huge thank you goes out to Marion and Jim Overton for their dedication and hard work.

From South to North...

Once you've had your fill of the new records this week (though we don't think we'll ever get enough of that map) then head up the country to Salford and Liverpool to explore our two new newspaper titles, the Liverpool Weekly Mercury and the Salford City Reporter.

The Salford CIty Reporter front page, 1889.

The Salford CIty Reporter front page, 1889.

We've also updated 28 of our existing titles this week, so here's a full rundown of everything that's new.

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