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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 history research.

The 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.

With 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.

Councillor 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."

Graham 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."

The service is accessible from the Genealogy Searches pages in the related links on the right hand side.

Ref: PR748
Date: 14/03/06




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