RECORDS ON INTERNET
BOON FOR GENEALOGISTS
From the WMDC Press and Communications Office
Records for most of Wakefield Council's 19 cemeteries dating back nearly 150
years are proving to be internet big hitters for those involved in family
facility to search the actual burial registers has already proved to be one
of the most popular areas of the council website for people interested in
searching for information about their family history.
the success of the initial project, which saw the records of three of the
authority's 19 cemeteries being made available online in 2005, plans are now
well underway to bring forward the completion date to have all historical
burial records accessible online by the end of 2006.
Graham Isherwood, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "We are really
pleased that making these records publicly accessible has been such a great
success, and hope that by bringing the completion date of the project
forward, even more people will be able to benefit from this facility."
Smith, Wakefield's Bereavement Services Manager, said: "I knew that
genealogy is tremendously popular nowadays and hope that people find our
site of use. I am hopeful that the first searchable indexes will be
available online in the next few weeks and am very grateful for the
collaboration of our IT department in making the whole project such a
success. As a Chartermark winner for three times now, one of our
priorities is to improve the access to our service at all levels, and
relatives certainly do seem to appreciate what we are doing."
service is accessible from the Genealogy Searches pages in the related links
on the right hand side.