Alistair McCartney has kindly granted permission for me to add some of his N. Ireland burial and plot transcriptions to my blog. Alistair has been working very hard on taking pictures and transcribing the pictures he took and the ones my sister and I took at the Braid Museum of the burial record and plot books. Please note that for privacy reasons only the names of those people who owned plots that were registered 75 years or longer ago are included. Please also note that almost all of the records begin after 1875. One other note, there is no burial book beginning in 1875 for Kirkinriola. There was a large burial book for Kirkinriola at the Registrar’s Office in Ballymena at one time. It appeared to possibly be the grave tenders book. But it along with a similar one for Clough which started in 1875 have disappeared from the Registry Office and so far no one has been able to locate them. Hopefully they are still trying to find out what happened to them.
Books that have been added are:
Clough Internments (were already on here) 1875 – 1914
Clough Plot Owners 1875 – 1937
Drummaul Internments 1904 – 1972
Drummaul Plot Owners – 1875 – 1937
Kirkinriola Internments 1940 – 1972
Kirkinriola Plot Owners (were already on here) 1875 – 1937
The Braid Museum in Ballymena has allowed Alistair to continue taking pictures of the books and will be adding the transcriptions to their website as they have time.
This is an ongoing project being headed by Alistair and includes some other volunteer transcribers. Thank you to Alistair and all who have agreed to help out.
I would like to comment a bit on the plot books. Many of them list the original owner and then subsequent times the plot was either sold or passed on to a relative, sometimes with a date sometimes not. Since we are not allowed to publish names more recent that 75 years, it makes it difficult to trace forward to a relative. The real value of the plot books is being able to string the owners together getting hints about family relationships. And the name of the person owning the plot is not necessarily the name of the person buried in the plot. So, that said, I would suspect there is a way to get permission to trace a particular plot by contacting the Braid, but maybe it would require a Freedom of Information request or something. I really don’t know the answer to that. Maybe there is no way to see the names of the current owners. Maybe you need to know the name of the current owner to trace it backwards, I don’t know. Anyway, just a bit of explanation about the plot books.
I am currently working on the Fees book for a group of Ballymena cemeteries which includes who paid to buy some lots, fenders, tombstones etc. It is going to be a while before I get very far on it. But this will also be restricted to 75 years ago and older.