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Fequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the gravestone photographic resource project?
  2. How often is the index updated?
  3. Can I get a copy of a tombstone memorial photograph?
  4. Why are there so few photographs for some churchyards?
  5. How can I help the gravestone photographic resource project?
  6. Why is only part of England indexed?
  7. Why can I not see much detail on the gravestone photos shown on the index pages?
  8. Why don't the dates on the index match the dates I already know about?
  9. Why are there not more records for gravestones from the 1900's?
  10. Why are there no dates on some records?
  11. How can I found out who else is researching families within a particular cemetery?

What is the gravestone photographic resource project?

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

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How often is the index updated?

The index is updated monthly.

These updates take the form of:

  1. Amendments to county index pages.
  2. Amendments to county maps to show the location of indexed churchyards and cemetaries and make the maps 'clickable'.
  3. New web pages for any newly photographed churchyard or cemetary.
  4. Updates of existing churchyard or cemetary web page with latest indexed information.
On a less frequent basis, the alphabetic index is updated to include all names that have been added to individual churchyard or cemetary index web pages during the previous month.

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Can I get a copy of a tombstone memorial photograph?

Yes, you can get copies of individual photographs.

By purchasing copies of photographs you will be helping to fund the project as, apart from donations, this is its only form of income.

For more details have a look at our order a photograph page.

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Why are there so few photographs for some churchyards?

Although most churchyards and cemetaries contain many graves, often only a small proportion have stone monuments. Out of the small proportion graves that actually have monuments, usually only 50% are readable.

Monuments become illegible because of a number of different factors:

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How can I help the gravestone photographic resource project?

You can help the project by either:

  1. giving some of your time by becoming a volunteer.
  2. giving financial support by either order a photograph or making a donation.

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Why is only part of England indexed?

So far the project only has volunteers in East Anglia.

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Why can I not see much detail on the gravestone photos shown on the index pages?

The images on the individual churchyard and cemetary pages are there to give an indication of what the monument looks like. To see a detailed version of the monument you have to order a copy of a photograph.

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Why don't the dates on the index match the dates I already know about?

The dates on the index are obtained from the monuments themselves. Often the age given on a monument is an estimate made by the surviving relatives.

Another reason why the dates may be inaccurate is that the monument may be worn or damaged and the age or date of death is what the person indexing it believes it to be.

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Why are there not more records for gravestones from the 1900's?

Because of the huge scale of the project, it was decided that for the initial stage only pre-1900 monuments would be photographed and indexed.

In some cases, however, volunteers have included 1900's monuments. Where they have been include it is usually because:

  1. The age of the deceased means that they were born in the middle or early 1800's
  2. The monument is in poor condition.
  3. The monument is of particular interest.

Once the majority of pre-1900 monuments have been index, churchyards and cemetaries will be re-visited and 1900's monuments photographed and indexed.

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Why are there no dates on some records?

The names against each monument are those that occur on that particular monument.

Often, the monument gives the names of the decease's spouse or parents. This information is particularly useful for researchers tracing family trees.

However, sometimes monuments are in such poor condition that the dates cannot be read. These monuments have been included within the index as researchers can use these clues to do further check against parish records.

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How can I found out who else is researching families within a particular cemetery?

A special 'members' feature will be added to the site in the near future.

This 'members' feature will allow visitors to look at a 'notice board' associated with a particular area. Visitors will be able to add details of the families that they are currently researching as well as contact details.

This 'members' part of the site will be free. However, access to this section will be via an 'advert' link that will help fund the service.

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