Graves to be digitally mapped

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  1. Blackmogs

    Blackmogs Moderator. General Dogs(cats)body. Staff Member

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    According to the Guardian newspaper:

    Graves in 19,000 churchyards in England are to be digitally mapped in a seven-year project that will be a boon to people researching family history.

    The Church of England is to launch a free website next year that will eventually list every grave memorial in every churchyard in the country.

    The ancient church of St Bega on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria is the first churchyard to be scanned by surveyors using sophisticated laser equipment.
    “This impressive national project will make a huge difference to those researching family history, as well as easing the administrative burden on parishes,” said Andrew Rumsey, the C of E’s lead bishop for church buildings.

    “It will improve management of burial grounds, and make information more fully accessible than ever before.

    “It will soon be possible to visit almost any Anglican burial ground in the country and see in real time the location of burial plots. For those researching at distance in the UK or overseas, the digital records will place detailed information from churchyards at their fingertips.”

    The new free web-based record system is due to launch next spring, with the option to subscribe to additional services.

    Funding for the programme has come from Historic England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Caring for God’s Acre, a charity which helps care for burial grounds, and genealogy research websites.
     
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    That's interesting. There's been a pilot project for this in a couple of Yorkshire churchyards so you can see now the kind of thing that we'll be getting.

    The first two links below are to the churchyards in the pilot project, then there's a story about it from the Diocese of Leeds, and finally a page from Atlantic Geomatics, who are providing the technology etc:
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    http://www.kirkburton.burialgrounds.co.uk/
    
    http://www.shelley.burialgrounds.co.uk/
    
    https://www.leeds.anglican.org/news/unique-church-mapping-project-successfully-launched
    
    https://www.atlanticgeomatics.co.uk/burial-ground-management-system
     
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    Sounds like it could be a wonderful project, especially for anyone researching from afar.

    Wendy aka mrshuma
     
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    I know where all the graves are in our local cemetery but with no headstones I don't know who's in them :oops:.
     
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    Bassenthwaite, great. One of my areas. :)
     
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