Head­stone data­base grows

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Thou­sands of en­tries have been added to an on­line head­stone data­base.

The­Ge­neal­o­gist.co.uk has up­loaded 22,000 new head­stone records to the Births, Mar­riages & Deaths sec­tion of the web­site, with ad­di­tions from Buck­ing­hamshire, Devon, Glouces­ter­shire, Northamp­ton­shire, Som­er­set, the West Mid­lands and Wilt­shire, plus 12 parishes on Jer­sey.

As well as the text of the me­mo­rial in­scrip­tion, each en­try is ac­com­pa­nied by pho­to­graphs of both the head­stone and its sur­round­ings. Once a re­searcher has found a rel­e­vant record, they can also scroll down to view a map of the grave­yard lo­ca­tion.

Avail­able to Di­a­mond sub­scribers, the records in the col­lec­tion have been cre­ated by vol­un­teers up­load­ing their work to The­Ge­neal­o­gist’s sis­ter site, ukindexer.co.uk/head­stone.

In a blog post, The­Ge­neal­o­gist’s Nick Thorne out­lined the in­cen­tives for tak­ing part in the project.

“With ev­ery head­stone pho­tographed or tran­scribed, vol­un­teers will earn cred­its to­wards sub­scrip­tions at The­Ge­neal­o­gist or prod­ucts at S&N Ge­neal­ogy Sup­plies ( ge­neal­ogy sup­plies.com),” he said.

“This project aims to build the most com­pre­hen­sive record of head­stones for fam­ily re­search and help pre­serve the mem­o­ries th­ese frag­ile stones pro­vide.”

The­Ge­neal­o­gist’s Head­stone Data­base en­ables users to ex­plore in­scrip­tions,

pho­to­graphs and ceme­tery maps

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