Council Improves Access to Cemetery Records

8/05/2014 12:00 a.m.

If you haven't searched Ashburton District's online cemetery database for a while, now is a great time to do so.

The Ashburton District Council online cemetery database has been revamped with an enhanced search capability.

Council Information Systems Manager Gordon Tupper says "We have made our cemetery records much easier to search by through simple and advanced search options."

"If users have detailed information on the person they are searching for, there are now advanced search options such as age, denomination, cemetery and dates," he said.

Mr Tupper says as well as improving the search function the information available is now easier to view, with location maps and headstone images for some records.

Council's online cemetery database has 22,000 burial records. It is one of the most popular services on the Council website.

"It is a well-used function and we hope that users will now find it more intuitive and simple," he said.

The Ashburton District Family History Group is working on a project to photograph and document headstones in the district's cemeteries.

The Group has provided Council with headstone photographs and information for the graves completed to date and these are available on the Council's website.

"The Group's work has been invaluable in improving our district's records and this service for our residents," Mr Tupper said.

This move to offer better online cemetery search is just one on the list of improvements planned for Ashburton District Council online services.

Council recently introduced the ability to make building consent applications online and currently has the ability to make certain payments online. 

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