Following on from the success of our Graveyard Photographic Project, now 65% complete and from which we have over 75,000 photos, we decided to launch a Graveyard Transcription Project on 16th September 2020.

Many people have asked how they can access these photos and by transcribing them we can update and correct our existing booklets and create new booklets. These booklets can then be available worldwide from our Online Shop which we launched in May this year and has already proved a success with family historians. Currently out of our 237 graveyards we only have Memorial Inscription books for 111 of these.

This task will take longer than taking the photos owing to the difficulty of reading some stones. However, transcribing the photos can be done by anyone, world-wide, in the comfort of their own home on their own computer. This does not need special programs.

As we move towards winter with wet days and dark nights, plus the possibility of a resurgence of Covid‑19, many of us will be looking for a way to keep busy.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are trying to create a snapshot of our Local History and we hope you will want to be part of it. We are seeking people willing to spend a few hours to create a Word, or similar, file of transcriptions from the photos we have. This is a massive task, but with help from many of the individuals interested in Family History throughout the world we can create a wonderful archive.

If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact miproject@dgfhs.org.uk for further details.

We will update this page to show our progress.

We have now completed 13 Cemeteries, being 5% of the total.

Thank you,
Terry Brown
15 November 2020