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Burial records published online

Angus Council is the first authority to put its burial records online

More than 200,000 burial records, dating from the 1800s, are being published online for the first time.

Angus Council said the service would offer a portal to the county's past and give people the chance to discover more about their ancestry.

Deceased Online has digitised the burial records of all the lairs in 71 cemeteries managed by the authority.

Maps showing the exact locations of graves and digital photographs of headstones are also being provided.

The records will cover cemeteries in Forfar, Arbroath and Montrose and feature details about characters like Peter Pan author JM Barrie, who is buried in Kirriemuir.

The council said it hoped the service would also boost "ancestral tourism" and offer a portal to the many people interested in tracing their families' histories.

The service was launched by Dr Nick Barrett, the former genealogist from the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are, at Glamis Castle.

He said: "Burial records are often seen as the end of one trail but in fact they can be the start of another as they frequently reveal so much about generations of a family, opening up new and previously unknown avenues in an ancestral search."

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