• Greenwich becomes the 6th London Council to place its data on Deceased Online by adding records for Eltham Crematorium, one of the busiest crematoria in the country. Of the total 200,000+ records, an initial tranche of nearly 65,000 will be available by early August. (The other London councils are Brent, Camden, Havering, Islington and Merton)
• Deceased Online is a joint enterprise between Gower Consultants Ltd and Manuscripti Ltd. Gower Consultants (www.gowerconsultants.com) is an independent computer systems and software supplier, founded in 1982, and working for most of this time within the cemetery and cremation management sector. Gower offers a range of IT products and management services successfully used by the industry for nearly 25 years. Manuscripti (www.manuscripti.com) provides scanning, archiving and reproduction solutions specialising in working with and preserving old and fragile documents and books and particularly working with local authorities and other public bodies.
• The revenue that is generated is shared 50-50 between the council supplying the relevant purchased data and Deceased Online net of bank charges.
• Currently 50 authorities have placed their records onto Deceased Online and it is expected that this will rise to around 100 during 2012. There are nearly 450 cemeteries and crematoria with all, most or part of their records on the website and hopefully this will double by the end of 2012.
• The UK’s largest cemetery, St Pancras and Islington in north London, has all of its 850,000 burial records on Deceased Online.
Don't forget that Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (http://scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com) now has records on the Deceased Online site also, from some thirteen counties across the country.
(With thanks to Richard Gray)