Cemeteries

It is the aim of Aezel.eu to follow people from the cradle to the grave, both genealogically as geographically. That is why detailed information about the cemeteries in Limburg can be incorporated into our database.

The Old Cemetery in Roermond (Locally known as the Aaje Kirkhoaf- near the Zandbergstraat) has been geo-referenced and digitized with a funding by the city Roermond and has already been incorporated within Aezel.eu. This is why you are immediately linked to this site when choosing the option cemeteries. If one zooms out on the accompanying map the entire province of Limburg can be viewed. Who is next?

The Old Cemetery in Roermond dates back to 1785 and is officially one of the oldest city graveyards in The Netherlands. The cemetery is unique by the use of partitions according to religious background, the class system used and the large amount of vaults (53). It is greatly admired for its use of the enormous amounts of forged iron and cast iron ornaments and its numerous monumental graves. At the time cremation was not really an option and practically every Roermond citizen was buried here. An elaborate grave was a way of expressing your social status within the city of Roermond.

Not only is this the place where an enormous amount of genealogical information becomes visible, it is also a concrete reminder of a bygone society. In a most literal sense this is where the Roermond citizens were laid to rest who determined the course of history of Roermond between 1750 and 1950. Not only members of the clergy, politicians, members of the judiciary, aristocrats, industrialist, tradesmen, but also artists, medics, law clerks, architects, prominent citizens and fair ground operators.  Many of the graves are a stark reminder of the Second World War, especially in the Jewish section of the cemetery.

For more information check; http://www.oudekerhofroermond.nl

Search

In the search window you can opt for name, religion (see index), section, row or grave number.

Hits are indicated on the map with an orange box,

Mind the names are noted down as they have been entered in the burial register. Petrus Josephus Hubertus Cuijpers (Pierre) is entered as Petrus Jos Hub Cuijpers. Please use the wild card function * when searching.

Properties

Once you have selected a specific grave, a new window opens containing a complete overview of the details of the people buried here. The names are listed in chronological order, the first name being the person buried last.

Should you wish to return to the list, please re-select ‘Search’, here you will find your selection of previous hits. These can then be altered or deleted.

Often scans of the original source (in this case the burial register). Once you open the scan a new window will open in the digital archive under the tag ‘Heritage’.

A number of graves have been photographed. By clicking on the image a new window will open in the digital archive under the tag ‘Heritage’.

In the text box additional information can still be added.

Options

By scrolling with the mouse or by using the button in the top left hand corner, it is quite easy to zoom in or out.

The colour intensity or translucency can be accustomed by using the on screen slider in ‘Opacity’ slider. This function makes the background layers more or less visible. 

The standard setting for ‘Background layer’ is the topographic map. By selecting the drop down menu this can be changed to for example: a current satellite image, relief map or satellite imagery of the effects of drought in the cemetery in 2018.

In the "Visibility" menu you can switch the visibility of various elements on the map on and off (see index on the left).

Under "Show popup with properties" you can choose between a number of options.  Namely ‘show after click’, ‘show after hover’or ‘do not show’.  By selecting the first two options, either by clicking on a specific grave or by placing the mouse pointer, the properties of this grave will become visible. Mind, this only works if you are zoomed in far enough.

 

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  • * and ? can be used as wildcards (Starts with: search term*, Ends with: *search term, Contains:*search term*)