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.
The index is updated monthly.
These updates take the form of:
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.
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:
You can help the project by either:
So far the project only has volunteers in East Anglia.
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.
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.
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:
Once the majority of pre-1900 monuments have been index, churchyards and cemetaries will be re-visited and 1900's monuments photographed and indexed.
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.
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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