Monday, 18 July 2011

Belfast cemeteries database - feedback required

Just discovered that Belfast City Council has a feedback form concerning its new cemeteries database (see http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com/2011/03/belfast-city-cemeteries-burial-database.html), one of the most important recently launched online tools for Northern Irish research. The form is available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/burialrecords/survey.asp.

In its request for suggestions, for me the key addition would be a field to allow searches by lair number also. I recently travelled to Belfast having made many discoveries on the site, and had thankfully contacted each cemetery in advance to ask them to look up other burials in the lairs I had identified (see http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com/2011/03/welcome-to-21st-century-proni.html). The staff were brilliant in doing so, but I'm sure it ties up a lot of man hours answering such requests! The lair numbers are actually returned in search results, you just can't do a further search of the same lair at present, which is a real pity. But still a truly brilliant resource!

Chris

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