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Gravestone photographic resource project

Project Aims

The gravestone photographic resource project is an attempt to provide a much needed on-line resource for family historians.

The project aims to place online details of all pre 1900 UK gravestones that are currently legible. Some monuments from the early 1900's have also been included, these mainly being where there the deceased person was born in the 1800's. In some cases where the legibility is poor, names and dates may not be completely accurate.

Monuments become illegible because of a number of different factors:

The date of birth has in most cases been calculated from the age given at death. The age given on monuments is often incorrect and so dates of birth should be consided as probable rather than actual. In some cases the date of death may also be inaccurate due to the poor condition of the gravestone.

It is hoped that the project will be self-financing by income from the sale of monument images and donations.

The project is initially concentrating on East Anglia where its primary volunteers are based. They have already started to index both church and municipal cemetaries in Suffolk. The current timetable hopes to complete Suffolk by the end of 2003 and Norfolk by 2004.

The timetable for other parts of the country will be very dependant upon where other volunteers are based and how much time they can give to the project.

New pages are added to the index in a phased manner. The initial version just contains the details of the first name on the monument and their dates. Once a whole burial ground has been indexed, all other names on each monument are added to the page.

Although individual burial ground web pages will be added to the site as they are indexed, the A to Z index is only be updated on a monthly basis.

Although we hold additional information, such as exact date of death and the relationship between names on each monument, it is not currently planned to add this information to the web pages.

In some cases we have been able to use earlier surveys of churchyards. These have allowed us to record information about grave monuments that have either become illegable or can no longer be found.

In the future we hope to provide a 'notice board' on which visitors can place details of the families they are researching.

You can help by:

  1. Becoming a volunteer
  2. Making a donation

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