Thursday, 23 January 2020

Deceased Online adds Wood Green and Uplands Cemeteries records

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Wood Green and Uplands Cemeteries now available on Deceased Online

Records from Uplands Cemetery in Smethwick and Wood Green Cemetery in Wednesbury, held by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in the Black Country, are available to view on The records comprise digital scans of the original burial registers and grave details for each of the graves and their occupants. Uplands also includes a map showing in which section the grave is located.

There are multiple interpretations of the name Smethwick, historically thought to mean 'smiths' place of work', but recent interpretations suggest that the name is more likely to mean 'settlement on smooth land'. In the Domesday book Smethwick was recorded as 'Smedeuuich'. As the Anglo-Saxon pronounciation of D was 'eth', this means that the name has remained largely unchanged for many hundreds of years.

Wednesbury has a rich local history going back to the earliest medieval times. The first known spelling of the name was Wodensbyri, recorded in 1004AD. Wodensbryi translates as Woden's borough and Wednesbury is one of the few places in the UK still named after a pre-Christian deity. In 1086 the Domesday book described 'Wadnesburie' as a thriving rural community.

As with a great deal of the West Midlands, and the Black country in particular, during the industrial revolution the population of Smethwick and Wednesbury grew around the coal and steel industries, with new railways and canals connecting towns and people, and new factories providing work.

Further information:

Sandwell records available to view on Deceased Online also include:

Fallings Heath Cemetery
Heath Lane Cemetery
Oldbury Cemetery
Rowley Regis Cemetery
Rowley Regis Crematorium
Sandwell Valley Crematorium
Tipton Cemetery

Other local records in the region are available on Deceased Online courtesy of the National Archives for the West Midlands.

Upcoming Records

We're working hard on processing more than 1,000,000 burial and cremation records from authorities in London, the West and East Midlands, and the East of England.

(With thanks to Deceased Online)


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