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Title: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 24 February 13 23:02 GMT (UK)
Hi All,

Welcome to the posting for the Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project!

Our project has been fabulously successful, so much so, that our original posting has gotten a little to large, so Rootschat would like to shorten it, which is great as it tidies things up for us. ;)

We will post regularly for 'Ground Work' dates which are on Sundays!!

Volunteers are very welcome to come and join us in the Cemetery!! :)

Visit our Website:           http://mgctp.moonfruit.com/   


See everyone soon!!!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next 'Groundwork Date - Sunday 3rd March 2013
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 02 March 13 18:45 GMT (UK)
:) :D ;D 8) ;D ;D ;D :) :D ;D 8)
Well we finally have some decent weather,  hopefully it will be like today!!!
Fingers crossed for the Sundays this year!!!

Definitely on for tomorrow!!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next 'Groundwork Date - Sunday 3rd March 2013
Post by: Barbara.H on Sunday 03 March 13 11:27 GMT (UK)
Lack of transport preventing us from getting there today!

Wah! :'( :'( :'(  Hope to be mobile in a week or two

Barbara
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Next 'Groundwork Date - Sunday 24th March 2013
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 09 March 13 21:12 GMT (UK)
Hi All,

Next Groundwork Day
Sunday 24th March
Hope to see everyone!

Will post on the Friday 22nd March
 if we have to cancel due to bad weather!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 24th March 2013
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 23 March 13 15:30 GMT (UK)
CANCELLED CANCELLED Sun 24th March CANCELLED CANCELLED

Sadly once again the bad weather here and we are having to cancel :'(

Possibly Sunday 31st March???
This is Easter Sunday, so will understand if you have plans.
Let me know everyone's thoughts?

Next Definite date:  Sunday 7th April

Title: Groundwork Date - 7th April 2013!!! Fingers crossed for good weather!!
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 02 April 13 21:20 BST (UK)
Hoping for a dry clear day on Sunday ;)

Arriving abt 10am - 10.30am

Hope to see everyone!! :)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sun 21st April 2013
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 14 April 13 16:06 BST (UK)

Well! 
We managed to get there due to having a decent day!
Got a few done, looking forward to getting more done.

Fingers crossed for next week!   ;)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -21st April 2013
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 20 April 13 17:01 BST (UK)
CANCELLED CANCELLED Sunday 21st April CANCELLED CANCELLED

Sorry to Cancel for tomorrow,
but not fit for purpose at moment due to a small incident at work this week.

Hopefully next week!!

Next Date:  Sun 28th April
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -Cancelled
Post by: sezzle on Sunday 21 April 13 08:53 BST (UK)
Aw hope ur ok x u was dragging the manfolk down today too lol
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -28th April 2013!
Post by: Barbara.H on Wednesday 24 April 13 17:10 BST (UK)
oh dear!  hope you're OK Cancan  :-* :-*

We still have no car - OH seems to quite like getting the train to work! but I live in hope..

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -5th May 2013!
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 28 April 13 20:29 BST (UK)

Good Day's Work today ;D,  had some good finds!! ;D

'Luzzu' arriving this week, so extra pair of hands for the next couple of Sunday's!! :)
Let's hope she brings the sunshine 8) and good weather 8) with her!

Visitor to the Cemetery today that we were able to help out locate and find gravestone!
Makes it all worth while!

Fingers crossed for next Sunday the 5th May

Barbara!!  Tell OH!!  We NEED You!!!
I Promise to feed him at the next picnic for our next Anniversary!!


Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -5th May 2013!
Post by: Luzzu on Thursday 02 May 13 20:50 BST (UK)
Looking forward to Sunday  8).

Can't believe the beautiful weather 8)  for our day in Burnley today.  Thanks Cancan and Beannie for a fantastic day and great company.

Luzzu
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -5th May 2013!
Post by: Cancan on Friday 03 May 13 21:28 BST (UK)
8) Great Weather for Sunday  8)

Weather for Sunday is predicted to be Dry & Sunny!!

All Hands on Deck!!

Hopefully we'll be able to finally get a really good days work done

Looks like 'Luzzu' brought the weather with her!

See everyone on Sunday!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -5th May 2013!
Post by: Barbara.H on Monday 06 May 13 15:10 BST (UK)
Hope you had a good day  :D :D
Still not mobile, but I'm thinking of you - if only there were more trains on a Sunday!  :'( :'(

 :) Barbara
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Next Groundwork Date - Sun 12th May 2013
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 07 May 13 21:32 BST (UK)
Been a great weekend and some for the weather 8)
lets hope it picks up again for the weekend as the next couple of days
don't look so great according to the weathermen's prediction. :-\

See everyone hopefully on the 12th May

'Luzzu' goes home the next day
lets send her back tired!!  ;)
after a day of uncovering!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -19th May 2013!
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 18 May 13 18:51 BST (UK)
CANCELLED  CANCELLED SUNDAY 19TH MAY  CANCELLED  CANCELLED

Sorry for last minute but tomorrow is CANCELLED
Hopefully be there next week!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -19th May 2013!
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 04 June 13 21:08 BST (UK)
   8) Excellent Day  8)
   8) Great Finds 8)

Sunday 3rd June was a great day for digging!
We managed to find Non Conformist Public Graves that have remained hidden
So, now we can add 186 names which we didn't have

Our next Groundwork Day is hopefully
Sunday 16th June
Weather permitting
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date -16th June 2013!
Post by: Cancan on Monday 17 June 13 09:21 BST (UK)

Another Great Day for finds!

Hopefully the better weather will remain with us to get more done

Next Groundwork day
Sunday 23rd June


8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - 7th July 2013
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 03 July 13 11:13 BST (UK)
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Weather is predicted to be great this weekend
 and will last into next week
Hopefully summer has arrived!!!

Still plenty to do at Cemetery!

Help still needed for digging!!

Hope to see everyone!
Sun cream needed!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 7th July 2013
Post by: Gmar on Thursday 04 July 13 05:38 BST (UK)
What a great idea. We have just had a cemetery bulldozed in Western Australia. A concerned woman tried to stop it but to no avail, so keep up the good work gmar
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 7th July 2013
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 07 July 13 18:39 BST (UK)

8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Not said this for a long time,
but it was toooooo!!!!!  hot to dig :P

Fingers crossed for good weather next week, but maybe a bit cooler!! :-[
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 7th July 2013
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 13 August 13 00:20 BST (UK)
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
   


 
We were actually asking for rain on Sunday, the ground was so dry in parts your couldn't dig!!

    Hopefully the showers predicted for this week will help us at weekend.


Next date for Groundwork Sunday 18th August

All help welcome as we still have plenty of digging to do!!




Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 18th August 2013
Post by: Cancan on Friday 23 August 13 20:41 BST (UK)

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 25th August

All hands welcome!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 18th August 2013
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 25 August 13 20:02 BST (UK)
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 1st September

All Hands Welcome
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 1st September 2013
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 03 September 13 20:00 BST (UK)

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 8th September

All Hands Welcome


Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 1st September 2013
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 18 September 13 22:29 BST (UK)
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 22nd September


Hoping to get a few more Groundwork days in
before the colder/wetter weather gets here.

As always ALL hands Welcome!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery next Groundwork Date - Sunday 1st September 2013
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 25 September 13 20:53 BST (UK)
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 29th September

All Hands Welcome!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Monday 30 September 13 15:06 BST (UK)
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 6th October

All Hands Welcome!

We are fast approaching our 4yr Anniversary!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Monday 07 October 13 09:10 BST (UK)
:) :o :) :o :) :o :) :o :) :o :) :o :) :o :) :o :) :o :)


Next Groundwork Date
Sunday 13th October
All Hands Welcome

Wednesday 16th October is our 3 year Anniversary
& the start of our 4th year!

Many Thanks to those who have come to help us dig this year
Digging is all that's left to do!!
And this year has be the busiest & hardest for it!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Monday 07 October 13 16:56 BST (UK)
It's hard to believe we are approaching the MGCTP's 3rd Birthday - time certainly flies.  I wish I could be in Manchester more often to lend a hand.  I've certainly enjoyed being part of the team and never imagined when we started that it would be as successful as it is.  Thank you Cancan for your dedication, hard work and excellent co-ordination which have contributed so much to the Project's success.

Luzzu  :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project Sunday 27th Oct
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 19 October 13 18:38 BST (UK)
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Next Groundwork Date
Sunday 27th October

Hopefully the weather will be OK
At least passable to get what hopefully will be the last bit of digging completed
before the weather really changes and we finish the Groundwork dates for this year.

Again, ALL hands welcome!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 26 October 13 21:04 BST (UK)

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(


CANCELLED    SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER   CANCELLED

Weather not good for tomorrow
Hopefully all OK for next Sunday
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 02 November 13 22:46 GMT (UK)
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 10 November

Getting close to finishing for this year
So we are hoping for the next couple of Sundays or so
to be fine for weather

All Hands Welcome!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 04 December 13 14:27 GMT (UK)
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D Ground Work Finished For This Year  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Hi All,

This year has been great!  Due to the good weather we got loads done.
Though still plenty to do.
It's all Digging that's left to do, but we are getting there!

Fingers crossed for the weather next year!

Hope to see everyone there again.


To the TEAM!!!  Have a lovely Christmas & New Year!
Thank you for all your help!

A Special Thanks to Jean Harrop!
Our Friend who visits us at the Cemetery every time we are there
Who gives us the 'Gossip'

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Parmesan on Wednesday 12 February 14 19:46 GMT (UK)
the link to your site doesn't seem to work  ???
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 12 February 14 22:58 GMT (UK)


Just checked seems to work fine :)

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Parmesan on Wednesday 12 February 14 23:05 GMT (UK)
hmmm, did for me too.  Was just hanging before, must be me.

Thanks :)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Friday 14 February 14 21:58 GMT (UK)

Hi,

I have had a couple of friends who said they were unable to load the website link for about a couple of hours.. or any of the moonfruit websites, so maybe it was their system?

Really pleased to hear you visiting the website, :)  'Luzzu' is working on adding a few more items soon!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Friday 21 February 14 11:21 GMT (UK)
When we receive comments like the following in response to our project, it really makes all the hard work worthwhile:-

Many, many thanks for your kindness and generosity, and the amazing hard work that you are currently engaged in at the Manchester General Cemetery. What a wonderful project. I am so grateful to you for the fantastic response to my query about members of my family buired at the cemetery. Initially, I thought that it would be some considerable time before I would receive any news, but, your reponse was immediate and within a couple of days I received photographs of the final resting places of my family. I can't begin to express my appreciation...but a certainly a big thank you is sent to you along with sincere gratitude. Kind regards ES.

Thank You so much for the hard work you have all put into collating the details for the graves in this cemetery, it really means a lot.  Due to your great work, I now know the resting place for my GG,Grandfather, and you were also kind enough to send me, not only a picture of the grave, but also a map detailing where it is in the cemetery.
Kind regards to all of you. TB.

Thank you so much for locating my 2nd great grandparents, Job and Anne Gregory, my 3rd great grandmother, Job's mother, Frances Gregory, and Frances' sister, Sarah Beaton.  This opens up another generation of my birth family that I knew nothing about. Since I live in the US, I am unable to visit the cemetery but I have photos of their stone. Your reply to my initial query was super fast and I greatly appreciate it.  Now to continue my research and try to figure out what happened to Frances' and Sarah's husbands, in addition to what Frances' and Sarah's maiden name is. E from USA.

Thank you for all of your friendly and caring help in finding my cousins graves.  I really appreciate the work you and the other team members do in preserving the cemetery and helping us family historians!
As I live in Australia, there is not much hope of me visiting the cemetery in the near future, so it is wonderful that you can share the photos you have of the headstones.
Thank you once again.
Regards S, Australia.

I just want to say a big thank you to the team for looking for my ancestors graves & sending me photos. It's been so exciting & has enabled me to share the info on our common ancestors with relatives in the USA. I'm so glad that you guys do the work you do & that  their are people who care about the cemetery. I recently found out that my 3rd Great Grandma had been been buried at the Cheetham Hill, Wesleyan Cemetery but that all the bodies had been exhumed & reburied in a mass grave at Bury all to make way for a Tesco! I can understand grave yards are difficult to look after but would have much preferred they'd photographed the memorials before removal & made the area into a community park or gardens. Keep up the good work at Harpurhey guys. I will try & come over from Blackpool to give a hand soon. PW.

Thanks so much for finding the grave, and sending a photo, from my g-great grandfathers, g-grandmothers resting place. Very kind.
AC from Salzburg, Austria

A few weeks ago you very kindly sent us photographs of my families grave. My daughter, Judith, and I were so thrilled to receive these as we live in France and are unable to visit the cemetery in person at the moment. Therefore please accept a big thank you from us and from my 93 year old aunt who was very touched to see the photos.
Regards S.

Luzzu  ;D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: LizzieW on Friday 21 February 14 13:17 GMT (UK)
That's great, it makes all your hard work worthwhile. I've also had help on here finding my ancestors graves, for which I was very grateful.

I've loads of ancestors buried in Manchester cemeteries, but have never visited the graves.  Maybe if I ever go back up there, I'll have a look round. 

Lizzie
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 15 March 14 17:26 GMT (UK)
 
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Next Groundwork Date: Sunday 16th March

Hi Everyone!!!

After our Winter break we are now heading back to the Cemetery
We are hoping to complete the project this year
and would appreciate as much help as possible with the digging!!

PLEASE!!!!! PLEASE!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
if you can help as much or as little as possible it would be gratefully appreciated!!

Hoping to fit in as many possible Sundays this year!

We arrive about 10.30am and stay until about 3-3.30pm weather permitting!!
so, as said any help would be fantastic!!

Just drop us a line and let us know your coming!!
Any last minute cancellations would be posted by 8.30am on the day,
here on Rootschat or if you leave us your number we'd contact you. 
We try not to leave things so last minute but the weather at times will do what it wants!!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Thursday 17 April 14 21:33 BST (UK)
A little bit of trivia, found by Cancan, whilst she was researching some of our Notable Burials.  It made us smile so we thought it worth sharing.

Apparently in January 1916, the “new electric trains”  which were on trial runs between Manchester and Bury “spark vividly and diffuse a bluish radiance into space”.  Two stories began circulating around Manchester, the first being that Zeppelins had attempted to bomb the City but had been scared away before they could do so but in the vicinity of Manchester General Cemetery the flashes of light shining on the gravestones prompted rumours of ghosts.  Large crowds of people gathered at the cemetery gates hoping to see something ghostly and those with a good enough imagination convinced themselves they had.  The crowds however didn’t last long and after a few nights the crowds diminished.

 :D  :o  :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 23 April 14 21:33 BST (UK)

Next Groundwork Date:
Sunday 27 April
Abt 10.30am

Fingers crossed for the weather being good!!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 29 April 14 22:09 BST (UK)

Next Groundwork Date:

Sunday 4th May

Arriving abt 10.30am

Weather predicted to be fine and dry
Hopefully another good day for uncovering gravestones

New info added to website if anyone would like to take a peek!!

ALL Hands Welcome!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 20 May 14 23:35 BST (UK)
Next Groundwork Date:

  :) Sun 25 May :)

Arriving abt 10.30am

Hopefully the Weather will be on our side

ALL HANDS WELCOME!


Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Sunday 15 June 14 21:13 BST (UK)
Cancan has been number crunching and whilst I was just adding a paragraph to our website, I thought the information might be of interest here as well.

There are 96,456 burials recorded in the Burial Registers.  This does not include the 9,543 stillborns and 48 sets of still born twins bringing the total to 106,047.  This  figure also doesn't include the burials in the Church (Consecrated) plots before 26 March 1886.  The Burial Registers for this section prior to this date haven’t survived so the only record of the burials will be the transcriptions recorded from the gravestones. When completed we will add these to the current total.

Luzzu  :)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project Sunday 20th July
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 16 July 14 11:55 BST (UK)

Next Groundwork Date:

Sunday 20 July

Arriving abt 10.30am

Weather prediction changing all the time at the moment ???
Will Update on the morning of the 20th whether we are cancelling

Hopefully though, another good day for uncovering gravestones


Also,  on Monday 14th July, Myself & Beannie were interviewed and recorded for BBC Radio Manchester about the Manchester General Cemetery,  I think possibly the reporter - Mat,  might need to do a lot editing, as personally I think I was hopeless!!  Beannie was much more relaxed.  Normally I can ramble on for hours about Our Cemetery, so I think I missed a lot of information out.
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 16 July 14 21:04 BST (UK)

:) ;) :D ;D :o 8) :) ;) :D ;D  :o 8)
Quick update to our radio interview!

We have a piece on BBC Radio Manchester tomorrow morning Thursday 17th July between 7-9am and then it is repeated between 4-6pm and if we miss those we are available to listen to on the BBC iplayer

Fingers Crossed!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: LizzieW on Wednesday 16 July 14 23:21 BST (UK)
I look forward to catching your interview on BBC iplayer.

Lizzie
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Thursday 17 July 14 16:17 BST (UK)
well I've got Radio M'cr in the background right now.. ooh 80s music!  ;D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Thursday 17 July 14 16:49 BST (UK)
On now! 4.48 on the 4.00 to 6.00 slot, if that helps find it on iPlayer

Go superstars Cancan & Beannie!  :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 20 July 14 09:10 BST (UK)


CANCELLED

Sorry last minute but we are cancelling for today

Hopefully weather will be good for next weekend

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: heatherjulie on Thursday 24 July 14 13:00 BST (UK)
There is an article about your project in this week's Advertiser
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Monday 04 August 14 13:13 BST (UK)
Thanks Heather and thanks also to everyone who has sent us cuttings from the newspapers following Cancan and Beannie's radio interview.

We have been inundated with enquiries and offers of help and our website has seen a big increase in the number of visitors.

Luzzu  :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Monday 04 August 14 13:15 BST (UK)
Manchester General Cemetery's Oldest Resident?

Until recently William Draper (Consecrated 3536) held the record as being the Cemetery's oldest resident.  He was 101 years old when he died in 1903.  This has now been beaten by Mary Walker who was buried on 14 December 1862.  She was aged 106 years and a resident of Lamb Lane, Collyhurst.  It was reported in the local press that "she had never been compelled to resort to the use of spectacles".  Apparently until the last two years of her life, she always fetched her own water from the well and always fetched the 5s 6d per week allowed to her by the Guardians.  Mary Walker was interred in a public grave (Unknown 18621214) and as far as we know there is no gravestone.

Luzzu
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Tuesday 16 September 14 13:37 BST (UK)
The number of visitors to the MGCTP website topped 50,000 today  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

The project has just passed its 4th Birthday (9th September 2014).

Thanks Cancan for your fantastic planning, co-ordination and motivation.  Thanks to all the MGCTP Team members for your hard work and support.

Thanks to everyone for your friendship.  It has been and continues to be a great privilege to work on this project and be part of a fantastic team.  I am sorry that my location prevents me from doing more.

Luzzu  :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 05 October 14 16:10 BST (UK)
Celebrating Today!!!


Today 5th Oct 2014 we are celebrating as we have now completed the Church Sections of
the General Cemetery. 
We have uncovered every single flat stone in the Church Sections,
barring about 10 stones as they were covered by a tree or tree roots to big to get any details from.
Some of these have been very deep and hard to uncover, but the Team got stuck in
and uncovered them!

The best part of this part of the Cemetery is that if anyone buried in Church sections
 who died before 26th March 1886, there are NO RECORDS of them being buried in the Cemetery.

We have concentrated mainly on these sections to get these gravestones for this reason.

We are Celebrating our Anniversary of the Project soon and we will be starting the 5th year of it!!

Many Thanks to ALL!!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Wednesday 29 October 14 13:27 GMT (UK)
Two more Notable Burials added to the MGCTP website – www.mgctp.moonfruit.com -  researched by fellow Rootschatter and MGCTP team member, BarbaraH.

Edward Nightingale (circa 1809-1861)
Edward Nightingale was landlord of the General Abercrombie public house in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester and was a well-known Chartist activist. He was a marshal at the famous Chartist meeting on Kersal Moor in September 1838 and a speaker at other events. He was not always popular with other Chartists however; he gained a reputation for heckling and ‘strong-arm tactics’ and was known as the “Dictator of New Cross”.  Around 1840, he went into business with fellow reformer Elijah Dixon, as partner in the timber and match-making firm of Dixon and Nightingale. In the mid-1840s he moved to Newton Heath and lived with his family at Heath Hall, a large house at the junction of Oldham Road and Droylsden Road. He later became one of the Poor Law Guardians for the township of Newton. Edward died on 17th July 1861 at his residence, Heath Hall,  and was  buried with his wife Mary and two of his daughters, Phoebe Sophia and Sarah Frances.

Charles Edward Ullathorne (1845-1904)
The inscription reads “In Loving Memory of Charles Edward Ullathorne of Kingston upon Hull, born April 11th 1845 died May 2nd 1904”
Charles Edward (Charlie) was a cricketer who played at county level in Yorkshire in the 1860’s-1870’s.  He was born in Hull, and his obituary in the Hull Daily Mail described him as “a good batsman, but his fielding even excelled his batting in its usefulness, his speed, accuracy of throwing in, alertness and agility being famous in his day.”  Another obituary in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph stated that he lived in the Manchester area for about 10 years before his death and had been a groundsman for Eccles Cricket Club. In 1897 he had four of his children baptised at St Thomas’ Church, Red Bank, where he was recorded as a commercial traveller living at 84 Stocks Street. He died of TB and is buried with his wife Edith and three grandchildren.

Luzzu  :)




Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Tuesday 06 January 15 13:06 GMT (UK)
Here's an ambitious project - hoping to map all Cumbria's burial grounds in the next two years using drones (unmanned flying drones that is, not volunteer transcribers!  ;D )

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-30684803

Be interesting to see how much they can achieve in two years!

 :) Barbara
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: LizzieW on Tuesday 06 January 15 15:09 GMT (UK)
Barbara - That would have saved my husband and me lots of footwork when we visited the area last year.  ::)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 06 January 15 19:39 GMT (UK)
What a great idea!

Lets hope other counties follow and have companies offering the same kind of grants!

The Manchester General Cemetery have some photos of how the Cemetery looked and showing gravestones and plots on the fabulous website

http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk

Take a look it's free! If you register (that's free too!) you can zoom in showing a lot more!! 

for the General Cemetery just put 'Harpurhey' in the search box, brings up Hendham Vale but shows the Cemetery in great detail!  Even showing the pauper graves at the far back of the Cemetery!

You can help out the website by putting 'tags' on the photo's to show places, names and streets that you know of!  Most of the photo's are of streets etc., that are no longer there! 1919-1953!!

Great for the genealogists looking for long gone homes of ancestors!

Happy searching!! :)

Keeping Fingers crossed for a mild winter!! 

Cannot wait to get back to digging!!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Thursday 19 March 15 10:22 GMT (UK)
Hi All,

The weather has been pretty mild and we are now getting ready to back to the Cemetery.

We visited on Sunday and the Council have repaired by re-tarmacking parts of the path.
The Ivy and trees have been cleared away on the left had side of the Cemetery next to the wall,
making it a lot easier for people to get to the gravestones.
There has been a general clean up of the grounds, getting rid of leaves, branches and the trees pruned.

We are thinking that if the weather is good to us this year, we can complete.

Still looking for more Volunteers!  if anyone has a free Sunday, even if it is just a couple of hours please lend a hand!!

Will be posting the Sundays dates here for when we go!!

Hope to see you soon!!

Cancan :)
Title: Groundwork Date: Sunday 10th May 2015
Post by: Cancan on Friday 08 May 15 20:30 BST (UK)
Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery on

Sunday 10th May 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome
!
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 10 May 15 15:35 BST (UK)
Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 17th May 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: sezzle on Sunday 17 May 15 13:55 BST (UK)
i dunno if i missed ya's, came for about 10.50 x hope your all well :D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 23 May 15 21:31 BST (UK)
Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 24th May 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 07 June 15 22:32 BST (UK)
Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 14th June 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 14 June 15 23:04 BST (UK)
Great Day had on the 14th June,  we all left our Cemetery slightly bent over with a touch of backache!! 
Plenty uncovered! 
We're back on a roll!!! 
Fingers tightly crossed for Sundays!!

Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 21st June 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome

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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 23 June 15 21:08 BST (UK)


Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 28th June 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Thursday 02 July 15 18:34 BST (UK)

 
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

    Sunday 5th July 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands welcome

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery: Elijah Dixon
Post by: A J Hampson on Friday 17 July 15 20:25 BST (UK)
Hi, I think I may have found the grave of Elijah and Martha Dixon, buried 29/7/1876 and 7/6/1873 respectively. The dates seem about right (Elijah died on 26/7/1876), and Elijah's wife was named Martha, so it looks as though he has been incorrectly indexed as "Eliza". The grave is number 4077 in the "Unknowns" section - this is a link to the entry in the Manchester Burial Records:-

http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/GenLocDetails.aspx?ID=202653:

Hope this helps,
Alan
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Tuesday 28 July 15 18:58 BST (UK)
Thanks Alan for taking the time to post and to contact us through the project website.  We have added the mis-transcribe to our list which we will eventually be passing on to Manchester City Council Bereavement Services.  We agree whoever transcribed it has read the name as Eliza instead of Elijah.

The Dixon family vault is located on Non Conformist Plot 1 within Manchester General Cemetery which is the section to the right as you enter through the main gates from Rochdale Road.  We are confident we know the exact location of the vault and have identified one of the vault stones but unfortunately an inscribed memorial no longer exists.

Elijah Dixon is one of our "Notables" and we have a short biog on our website together with a picture which was digitally restored by one of our fellow Rootschatters.

http://mgctp.moonfruit.com/#/notable-burials2/4572614572

Luzzu  :)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: A J Hampson on Wednesday 29 July 15 11:44 BST (UK)
Thanks, Luzzu, for your reply and the link to the photograph. My interest in Elijah stems from local history: I live in New Moston (on what was Dixon St, in fact!) and you probably know that, among his many other activities, Elijah helped form the Bridgewater Freehold Land Society in 1851, to provide allotments of land that would give voting rights to the owners or tenants. The parcel of land purchased (originally part of Chadderton) became New Moston. Elijah himself did not reside here until the 1860s, his last residence, Vine House, being an existing property, built on the site of an 18th century house that had suffered a major fire. The 19th century house still exists (pic attached) on what was formerly Ricketts St, now Parkfield Rd North. Elijah was certainly an interesting character, and I think we could do with a few more like him today! Cheers, Alan
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Thursday 30 July 15 22:10 BST (UK)

Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 2nd Aug 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands Welcome

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Tuesday 04 August 15 14:52 BST (UK)
We have just added a photograph of the vault stone on Elijah and Martha Dixon's grave - Non Conformist 4077 - to our website.  According to the registers they are buried in a vault rather than a grave but it looks like a single vault rather than one of the larger family vaults.  Unfortunately any inscription that was there originally has long gone.

Thanks Alan for posting the photograph of Vine House.

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 05 August 15 17:15 BST (UK)
Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 9th Aug 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands Welcome
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 12 August 15 21:46 BST (UK)


Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 16th Aug 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands Welcome

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 16 August 15 22:44 BST (UK)

Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 23rd Aug 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands Welcome
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Monday 24 August 15 14:08 BST (UK)


Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 30th Aug 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
All Hands Welcome

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 30 August 15 21:57 BST (UK)

Weather permitting we are hoping to be at the cemetery abt 10.30am on

Sunday 6th Sep 2015

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
We have having a bit of a push to try to complete one section
before weather starts to change for the time of year
All Hands Welcome!
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Sunday 06 September 15 18:55 BST (UK)
Have you visited our website recently?

www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

New information relating to Manchester General Cemetery is being added all the time as the project progresses.

We now have a page dedicated to Policemen and Firemen buried in the Cemetery and recently added Notable Burials include:-

Samuel Perkin (1765-1837) - Samuel Perkin was buried on 11th November 1837, just two months after the Cemetery opened.  This is the earliest gravestone we have recorded so far;
James Dilworth (1789-1854) - the founder of James Dilworth & Sons, Manchester yarn agents.  The Dilworth family vault is one of the largest in the Cemetery;
David Stewart (c1810-1850) - an "ancient forester" - an organisation which was formed in 1834 and which still trades today as the Foresters Friendly Society;
Mary Mitton (1803-1869) and her son, Thomas (1846-1869) - their gravestone told us that mother and son died on the same day which prompted us to research why - tragically they died together when a fire broke out at their shop on Rochdale Road;

Please do not hesitate to contact us either via this thread, PM or use the "Contact Us" page on the website if you have ancestors buried in Manchester General Cemetery.  We will always do our best to help.

Luzzu  :)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 13 September 15 20:34 BST (UK)
Weather Permitting we are hoping to be at the Cemetery

Sunday 20th September 2015
at abt 10.30am

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
We have having a bit of a push to try to complete one section
before weather starts to change for the time of year
At present we are going great guns at it!
Help always welcome!
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 22 September 15 22:03 BST (UK)
Weather Permitting we are hoping to be at the Cemetery

Sunday 27th September 2015
abt 10.30am

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
We are having a bit of a push to try to complete one section
before weather starts to change for the time of year
Help always greatfully welcome!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Monday 28 September 15 16:40 BST (UK)
Weather Permitting we are hoping to be at the Cemetery

Sunday 4th October 2015
abt 10.30am

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
We are having a bit of a push to try to complete one section
before weather starts to change for the time of year
Help always greatfully welcome!
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 04 October 15 20:00 BST (UK)
Weather Permitting we are hoping to be at the Cemetery

Sunday 11th October 2015
abt 10.30am

For plenty of digging and recording of the gravestones
We are having a bit of a push to try to complete one section
before weather starts to change for the time of year
Help always greatfully welcome!
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Wednesday 21 October 15 20:52 BST (UK)
From time to time the MGCTP team come across a gravestone inscription with gives a small clue as to the what caused the death of the deceased person and quite often there is a story to tell.  In the case of William Henry Slack, the nature of his death and the story behind it is a tragic one.

The inscription on the gravestone on Non Conformist 1650 reads:-

“......... William Henry, beloved son of Matthew and Hannah Slack, who was killed in a main sewer at Moston, Octr 23rd 1868, aged 14 years and 6 months .........”

A main sewer seemed a very unusual place to die so it warranted further investigation.  A search of the newspapers told the story of a tragic accident.  At around 12.00 noon on October 23rd 1868 at Boggart Hole Clough, Moston, William and two friends left the nearby construction site where they were employed on their break and came across the opening of the sewer which was around 17 feet in depth.  One of the boys wanted to show off his athletic ability descended into the sewer and came out again safely.  Not wanting to be beaten, the second boy did the same.  William Slack followed but on his way out, he missed his footing and fell.  Seeing what had happened, one of his friends wanted to raise the alarm and bring help but the other boy cautioned against it thinking it would be better to say nothing, so they left him there.  It wasn’t until around 10.00 p.m. that guilt got the better of one of the two boys and he confessed what had happened to his older brother who raised the alarm and called the police.  William Henry Slack was found dead at the bottom of the sewer.  At first the police thought his death was suspicious and was as the result of foul play but after an enquiry it was found to be an accident.  The cause of his death was an injury to the head.

For more information about Manchester General Cemetery, please visit the project website at www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

Please do not hesitate to contact us either through Rootschat PM or the website if you think we might be able to help.

Luzzu  :)

Title: Re: MGCTP Returning to Cemetery!
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 06 March 16 19:46 GMT (UK)
We are all hoping the weather is going to get better,
we are a little late in going back to the Cemetery this year.
We must be getting 'nesh' in our old age now!
If our team can drop me an email to say roughly what dates etc., they would be able come,
we can start working out the dates to start!

Have missed the place and the chats!
Looking forward to seeing everyone  :)

New Volunteers always welcome!!


Title: Re: MGCTP Returning to Cemetery!
Post by: edwardlongshanks on Thursday 24 March 16 09:12 GMT (UK)
Hello moonfruit.
No idea on Rootschat what I am doing so please stick with me. My name is Emma and I wish to get involved with the project. I have a number of direct relatives buried there. I'm a Genealogist of some years and have a BA in History and honours in Genealogy. I love gardening so should be some handy skills for you guys. I've not managed to locate my McCannon Grandfather there. I think it's brilliant what you guys do. So proud of the article in Family Tree. Wonderful  ;)
we can start working out the dates to start!

Have missed the place and the chats!
Looking forward to seeing everyone  :)

New Volunteers always welcome!!


Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Thursday 24 March 16 09:39 GMT (UK)
We have an article in a Family Tree magazine?  :D :D :D   Woohoo! Which one?

Welcome to the thread Emma!  Hope to meet you soon  :D

 :) Barbara
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Megran on Thursday 24 March 16 11:45 GMT (UK)
We have an article in a Family Tree magazine?  :D :D :D   Woohoo! Which one?

Welcome to the thread Emma!  Hope to meet you soon  :D

 :) Barbara

Article by Simon Willis in the April 2016 issue. Pleased to "meet" Denise and fellow helpers. Many thanks are due to ALL for their help.
Regards,
Megran.
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Wednesday 30 March 16 21:08 BST (UK)
Weather looking OK for

Sunday 3 April
Will arrive at Cem abt 10.30am

Looking forward to it!

:) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: edwardlongshanks on Friday 01 April 16 15:12 BST (UK)
I can do two hours this weekend, not sure the weather will hold out, but if does I can get there for 10.30am.  I am new to all this so please forgive me if I post in wrong place.  Never been on a forum, laughing.  Any tools needed? Emma
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Friday 01 April 16 19:42 BST (UK)
Hi Emma,

Welcome to Rootschat and the MGCTP, will be lovely to have a new face and some very, very welcome help!! :D

No need for tools we have everything!! ;)

Did say on TV weather would be dry, but now looking doubtful, they almost never get it right, we've learned on the project!

Will post on here at the latest 8.30am on Sunday morning if we have to cancel!!!
Hopefully not, as we've all really missed the place!

We're looking forward to seeing you!!

Cancan :)




Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: edwardlongshanks on Saturday 02 April 16 13:13 BST (UK)
Yey, should be good, freezing but hey we live here, laughing.  Ill check to see in morning still on. Thanks, Emma
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 03 April 16 21:20 BST (UK)

8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)  Fab Day!!   8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Weather was perfect!!

We think our new volunteer absolutely enjoyed herself!
See you next week Emma!!

Many Thanks to a visitor to the Cemetery - Karen!  who treated us all to ice cream!!

Thanks to Barbara and Beannie!!

Fingers crossed for the weather next Sunday!

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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: edwardlongshanks on Monday 04 April 16 00:27 BST (UK)
Loved it. Hope weather great for next week. Great to have strong women doing something so worthwhile.  Thanks Karen for icecreams and water, that was so nice of you   :-* see you all next week fingers crossed
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 09 April 16 21:54 BST (UK)
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Weather is looking great for tomorrow
Sunday 10 April

Will be arriving about 10.30am

Hopefully another great day!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: edwardlongshanks on Sunday 10 April 16 00:30 BST (UK)
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Weather is looking great for tomorrow
Sunday 10 April

Will be arriving about 10.30am

Hopefully another great day!

Should be there for around 10.30am, can do till 12.30 if that's ok guys, see in you morn  ::)

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 10 April 16 17:28 BST (UK)
Weather Fab again!
Nice Breeze!!
Another Great Day,

 :D :D  We're getting there!!  :D :D

Thanks again to the volunteers,

See you next week!!

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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 16 April 16 23:11 BST (UK)

Sorry not posted sooner, have had a very hectic week

Will be at Cem tomorrow
Sunday 17th April at 10.30am

Hopefully another good day for weather!!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 17 April 16 15:52 BST (UK)
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Another great day!!
Weather perfect!!!

Getting there!!!
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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: edwardlongshanks on Wednesday 20 April 16 00:14 BST (UK)
Hi guys. Sorry couldn't make. Wasn't too sure it was on. Husband taken ill with vertigo. Ended in A and E and him spending the night in hospital. Had to call paramedics. Scary. He's doing good now. Sorry to have not got in touch sooner. Hope you had good day for it x
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Tuesday 03 May 16 18:51 BST (UK)
:D 8) :D 8) :D 8) :D 8) :D 8) :D

Next Groundwork Day

Sunday 8th May

Will be at the Cem abt 10.30am

Fingers crossed for the weather
as the rest of the week is looking good 8)


Title: Re: M.G.C.T.P Sunday 8th May
Post by: Cancan on Monday 09 May 16 18:11 BST (UK)
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Another Fabulous Day!

Weather scorching!! 
Don't know about the others but my red face has not disappeared today!!

Hopefully weather will be good for next Sunday

Next visit

Sunday 15th May
Arriving abt 10.30am
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Title: Re: May 22nd 2016
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 22 May 16 16:10 BST (UK)
8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Another great day!

Weather was great!!
our own weather girl 'beannie' gets the weather feeling
 and lets us know what's coming and it does

 Rain!  - Spot On!!!!

Just made it out of the Cemetery in time!
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Hopefully it will be Great Weather for next Sunday
Next Groundwork Date

Sunday 29th May
arriving abt 10.30am
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: beannie on Monday 23 May 16 08:52 BST (UK)
Hi Cancan
Didn't you know I was a human barometer!! Ha ha !
I predict the weather next Sunday to be dry with a slight breeze,
Also will have to get new boots as I think the ones I had on today have had it
Hope to see you all next week
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 25 June 16 23:05 BST (UK)

Hopefully the rain will hold off

Sun 26 June 2016

arriving at Cem abt 10.30am

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 26 June 16 18:10 BST (UK)
Rain held off for us until we left

Next Ground day

Sunday 3rd July

Arriving abt 10.30am

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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Saturday 16 July 16 22:21 BST (UK)
Next Groundwork Day
Sunday 17 July 2016

Arriving abt 10.30am

Weather forecast looking good!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 31 July 16 19:20 BST (UK)
Weather was great with a lovely welcome breeze!!

More and More buried stones being revealed
with more and more information to be recorded!

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Fingers crossed for weather like today for next Sunday!

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 07 August 16 15:58 BST (UK)

8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Fingers crossed for weather! worked again!!

Another great day for uncovering!

Keeping them crossed for Sunday 14th August!

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Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Monday 15 August 16 13:46 BST (UK)
Some more interesting finds at Manchester General Cemetery which have been added to our collection of Notable Burials on the project website:  www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

Prolific author, librarian and member of Manchester Literary Guild, Alfred Owen Legge (1835-1897) - his works include Manslaughter, The Growth of the Temporal Power of the Papacy and The Unpopular King : Richard III;

Contractor, Peter Jones (1811-1867), best known for the construction of the Woodhead Tunnel on the Manchester/Sheffield railway, which when it was built was the longest tunnel in England;

On our page Buried Stories we aim to tell the story behind the inscription on the gravestone and have added Mary Ellen Baker (1872-1884). She tragically died when the school bell fell on her at the Board School, Harpurhey.

We have also added Jabez Sykes to our collection of Policemen.

Luzzu
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Monday 22 August 16 19:40 BST (UK)
Have you visited our website recently?

www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

We are always adding new information about Manchester General Cemetery and very soon will be adding some helpful information about researching our ancestors who may have been buried in some of the many other Manchester cemeteries and churchyards.  We are always happy to help and can be contacted via the website or on Rootschat.

There is a page on the website which we have named "Buried Stories".  This is when we have found a grave where the inscription leads us to believe there is a story or the manner of death was due to unusual circumstances.

The latest addition however concerns the death or rather the non-death of Jane Shakeshaft Sweeney.  In this case however there is no gravestone, no inscription and the name of the person who was actually buried on 2nd April 1866 is a mystery.  It would be wonderful if any of the Rootschatters can help us find out more .......

In March 1866 a death occurred in Angel Street, Manchester and was registered in the name of Jane S Sweeney, aged 24 years, 1st quarter 1866 Manchester 8d 309 but all was not as it seemed because Jane didn’t actually die.  Somebody else did and was buried in her place.

This is the story which was told to Mr Herford, the City Coroner at the inquest held  on 6th April 1866.

In February 1866, a man and a woman rented a house in Angel Street, which is located off Rochdale Road in the Harpurhey district of Manchester.  They lived as man and wife and were known by the name of Sweeney.  The woman was about 24 years old.  Within a few weeks the woman became very sick and was tended by the landlady who made her gruel.  Mr Sweeney added sugar to the gruel and fed it to his wife.  She became much worse and on 30th March 1866 she died.

The following day, Easter Saturday, Mr Sweeney travelled to Toxteth Park, Liverpool to visit a Mrs Hill who was his wife’s sister to inform her that he had fallen in love with Jane Shakeshaft, they had subsequently married and now Jane Shakeshaft Sweeney was lying dead in Manchester.  That very same day, Mr Sweeney wrote to his wife’s and Mrs Hill’s mother, who lived in Blackpool, and also called upon another of his wife’s sisters to inform them of Jane’s death.

The bereaved family comprising Mr Sweeney, his mother-in-law and his two sister-in-laws all travelled to Manchester on the following Monday for Jane’s funeral and burial at Manchester General Cemetery.  Prior to the burial the family members viewed the body and according to the newspaper reports at the time didn’t recognise her as their relative.  However, they presumed her illness had changed her appearance so didn’t take the matter any further.

The burial proceeded as planned and afterwards the family returned back to the rented accommodation in Angel Street at which point Mr Sweeney disappeared.  On the Monday evening, Jane’s mother and sisters returned to Liverpool.  Shortly after their arrival, Mrs Hill was shocked by the appearance of Jane at her home, the sister who she believed she had just buried in Manchester.

Jane, having heard rumours of her death, had decided to visit her family to put their minds at ease.  Meanwhile, the surgeon in Manchester who had attended the death had been asked at the time, by Mr Sweeney, to guarantee the cost of the funeral and other related expenses and was now being called upon to repay the debt.

The body which had been buried in Manchester General Cemetery was exhumed and the cause of death was confirmed as “effusion of blood on the brain”.  The remains of the unknown woman were re-buried but her identity has never been discovered and so remains a mystery.


 :-\ :-\ :-\

Luzzu
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Friday 20 October 17 12:32 BST (UK)
How is the transcription project going? I haven't been able to get to Manchester much this year.

The MLFHS posted a link to this video (about the General Cemetery) on their facebook page:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsDHs9L5hU&feature=youtu.be

The maker of the youtube video credits 'Friends of Manchester General Cemetery' for their research. Does he mean the transcription project or is there a Friends group now?

Hope you are all well!
 :) Barbara
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: beannie on Sunday 22 October 17 15:41 BST (UK)
Hi Barbara
We've not done much on the Project this year for various reasons, but will be back in the Spring and hope you can join us. We are determined to finish the Project!
Thanks for bringing the video to our attention, they've got it wrong yet again, it's nothing to do with the "Friends" group, all the research they've nicked off our MGTCP website and all the research our group has done!
Don't worry I will put them straight!
Regards
Jeanne
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Sunday 22 October 17 20:10 BST (UK)
Hi Jeanne, I'm glad I haven't missed too much!

I thought that chap might have 'borrowed' from the website. Cheeky!

At least the cemetery was looking quite nice in the background. I'd love to get back and finish the transcriptions.

See you in spring!
 :) Barbara

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Cancan on Sunday 22 October 17 21:10 BST (UK)
Copying/using our work!!!! Ugh!!!!

Brilliant Original Work is always being copied!!! Copyrighted?? Credit???

But we all know how hard we've worked ;D

We haven't been at the Cemetery this year due to bone breakages (not on the project) and bereavements.  Been a pretty terrible year for a few of us.

Back now to catching up with things.

We will be back at the Cemetery on the groundwork days in the Spring weather permitting.
We're raring to go!!!

Did visit a couple of so weeks ago and it was just as we left it, apart from grass being cut, nothing else has happened!!  Little Jean did celebrate a birthday!!!

We do still have the free of charge lookups for everyone to contact us, and we have helped quite a few!! for those looking for family burials!

Hopefully the website is going to be updated and a few changes made soon,  plenty to keep us busy over the winter!!

Glad to be Back!!! :D

Cancan :)

Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Barbara.H on Tuesday 30 January 18 16:24 GMT (UK)
Interesting project here:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/jan/29/database-burial-grounds-england-wales-created

"The first national database to record all the natural and manmade treasures of burial grounds, from the giant Victorian urban cemeteries to little country churchyards, is to be created with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund."

£600,000 grant doesn't seem like much to collate every single burial ground in the UK!

 :) Barbara
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: OrsoGrande on Friday 01 June 18 10:54 BST (UK)
Greetings!

Does anyone know if there are any plans to re-visit the clean up/transcription project over the coming summer months?

I would love to get involved!  ;D
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: gnorman on Sunday 05 May 19 21:57 BST (UK)
Any idea how I might request a search, i cant find contact details on the site.
Thanks
Title: Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
Post by: Luzzu on Sunday 05 May 19 22:22 BST (UK)
Hi. There is a “Contact Us” page on the website. I will check tomorrow that it is properly visible and there are no glitches. In the meantime if you would like to PM me, Luzzu, from here we will do our best to help.  :)