The following announcement was written by James A. McKane of the Canadian Headstones Photo Project:
The mission of the Canadian Headstones Photo Project - CanadianHeadstones.com - is to capture digital images of headstones, and transcriptions of the text on those headstones, of our ancestors. As decades pass -- many stones are becoming harder, if not impossible, to read the inscriptions they originally contained. By archiving the images, we can help save these important records and also assist researchers using this valuable resource.
Growth of the site has been very rapid since inception, expanding to over 23,000 indexed records since July. We have a large group of steadfast volunteers which is ever-expanding. There are a number of volunteers on the cusp of large volume additions to the database at this time.
CanadianHeadstones.com has a separate website and database for each province and territory. The site is fully automated so that uploading the photo, editing and transcribing the text from the headstone is very easy and fast. Then, to avoid SPAM and errors a coordinator approves each entry. The system is designed to be very user-friendly. The database is fully searchable by surname, firstname, starts with, contains and even sounds like.
We are seeking; -
- people like yourself to upload/transcribe any and all headstone photos you may possess.
- coordinators to assist me in "approving" the photos as they are uploaded.
- volunteers to photograph headstones of cemeteries and upload them.
- genealogical societies, church groups and others who would like to create a photographic archive of their cemeteries
- your assistance to install a link to CanadianHeadstones.com on any websites possible.
The Canadian Headstone Photo Project is a privately sponsored, non-profit, educational site. The site is completely FREE for everyone to use and will remain as such. We ask that you patronize our limited number of advertisers which is necessary to financially support this effort.
The success of this Project will depend completely upon the efforts of many volunteers and other individuals who contribute photographs and time to the Project.
Comments, questions and offers of assistance should be directed to Jim McKane at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bio- Jim McKane
Jim McKane is the owner/webmaster of CanadianHeadstones.com. He has been a genealogist for over 35 years and a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society for many of those years, currently holding membership in three Branches of OGS. He has amassed a fully linked database of over 240,000 people surrounding his ancestors. He has lead a number of genealogy training sessions not only in Ontario but also in Arizona and is currently the webmaster of several genealogy/DNA based websites. Other than CanadianHeadstones, the most active of these sites, is UlsterHeritage.com and all of its associated websites which are related to DNA Study Projects and Ulster genealogical information.