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Google Maps For Graves.
« on: Tuesday 31 August 21 19:21 BST (UK) »



A database that is being called "Google Maps for graves" is being created by the Church of England to help alleviate pressure on vicars being bombarded with requests for information about family trees.

Surveyors equipped with laser scanners have begun work on mapping every grave, headstone and memorial in England's 19,000 graveyards. The project aims to create a free database for people keen to discover where their ancestors are buried, with the work starting in Cumbria. etc etc

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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 20:10 BST (UK) »
Was a piece about this on R4's PM programme tonight.

Atlantic Geomatics to map and photograph 19,000 Church of England Churchyards.

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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 20:44 BST (UK) »
  This sounds interesting. I tried to find it on PM playback, but didn't succeed? I wonder how the mapping is going to be tied to the graves - if that makes sense.
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« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 20:53 BST (UK) »
  . I tried to find it on PM playback, but didn't succeed?

Or it might have been 6 o'clock news. Had R4 on all afternoon in background. Sorry, didn't mean to confuse.

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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 21:11 BST (UK) »
Well done to the Church of England!  This sounds like great news.  Thanks for sharing this Sandra.
Hopefully, it won't be long before the Roman Catholic Church might follow suit.

I think it is very important to find out where blood line ancestors ended up. Not knowing feels like a story without a conclusion.  So this definitely sounds very good news to me. :)
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« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 21:37 BST (UK) »
Found it!  ;D

Radio 4 6 O'clock news 27mins in.

On BBC sounds.

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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 21:39 BST (UK) »
  I don't have much compulsion to find graves, it is enough for me to know where they are buried. In any case, for most of the ancestors there is no stone anyway, and in older graveyards, no plan. Looking at the picture of the man surveying, I wonder how many of those stones are legible. The more I think about it, the more dubious I become.
   Thanks Tony, I found it.
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« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 31 August 21 23:10 BST (UK) »
Our diocese has written to parochial church councils about this. Parishes have the choice to opt out of having their registers digitised.
The article in the Guardian suggests that the cost of this isn't coming from the Church - which is a bit of a relief as we struggle to meet costs as it is.
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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 01 September 21 09:25 BST (UK) »
Looking at the picture of the man surveying, I wonder how many of those stones are legible. The more I think about it, the more dubious I become. 
Quite.  I have done few graveyard searches, and with limited success.  But I have traced an Irish relative on a website designed for searchers like us.  Luckily there can be no question of correct identification, but the transcribed dates are woefully inaccurate, by 10 or 20 years, mainly due to lichen coverage.
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