Cemetery Searcher Goes Live

Chesham Cemetery

We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with Pear Technology, we are able to launch the innovative ‘Cemetery Searcher’ function. Over a considerable length of time, Council officers and volunteers have been diligently transferring written records into an electronic version of the cemetery data along with a map to enable easier access to the records, which were then all updated onto the comprehensive system created by Pear Technology. Upon completion, the company requested that we, and one other council in Suffolk, become the first town and parish councils in the country to use Pear’s system to offer an online cemetery map and search facility which enables anyone to search the burial records which are linked to an interactive map.

We are delighted that the online database this is now active and we are offering the service free of charge for all. The online search results will show the name of the deceased, the grave number, year of death, age at death and occupation (if known) - though it should be noted that for compassionate reasons it does not show burial records from the last five years. This service has often been requested by both local residents and many people further away (and often overseas) who have loved ones and indeed ancestors interred in the cemetery back since the second half of the 19th century. We are grateful for Pear Technology’s decision to choose Chesham Town Council as its pilot and hope the service is taken up by as many people as possible.

The service can be accessed here.

For further details, please contact the Administration Manager on 01494 774842 or email admin@chesham.gov.uk.

 

Published: 23 January 2019