Headstone database grows
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