Richard Smart wrote me from across the pond about an organization he directs, The National Archive of Memorial Inscriptions. On its Web site
, you’ll find a database of 170,000 names from 580 burial grounds in Bedfordshire and Norfolk
, and it’s added to regularly.
You can search by name, a death date range, age range at death, county, and place. Wildcards work: ?
stands for one letter; * (asterisk) substitutes for any number of letters.
You get quite a bit of information for free—first and last name, burial ground and county, and date of death. Buy the full inscription for 4 pounds (about $6), and for most records, add historical text, a photo of the church and/or a plan of the graveyard for 1 pound (about $1.50) each.
Fuzzy on the details of your ancestor’s burial, or want to see who else is in a graveyard?
Smart shared this tip for browsing: “If you enter any place from the Availability page
, in either Bedfordshire or Norfolk, into the Place box on the home page
, you will get free of charge a listing of all the data available from that place, except for the actual inscription.”