Saturday, May 29, 2010

Volunteers to Submit Photos from an Archive

I have a large volume of headstone photos from an archive which need to be submitted. You could commit to any volume - 100, a whole cemetery or ????


I would appreciate any help you can muster.

Please contact me at with any expressions of interest at jamckane@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

!! 50,000 Headstone Names Indexed in Ontario !!

Congratulations to EVERYONE who contributed to Ontario as there are now over 50,000 records indexed! What a great achievement for all!

Any bets on when we will hit 100,000?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Duplicate Photos, Clearer Photos, Corrections

Please check the database for your cemetery before beginning an upload! We are beginning to find duplicates in some areas.

If you have a clearer photo of a headstone, please send it with a note to your coordinator or myself.

If you see a correction that is required, again, please notify either your coordinator or myself.

These precautions will assist us in maintaining our high quality standards.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Record Performance! and a Challenge!

It is not often that one meets a volunteer like shoutfromthegutter, which is her email-name!

About ten years ago she had a relative from Europe visit who wanted to visit the older cemeteries and photograph them. This got her hooked! The first few years she was only photographing the attractive and older stones; then she began uploading them to another website; by this time she was completely addicted to photographing as many stones as possible and getting them on line.  Most have been in the Etobicoke, Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Scarborough area as no one was taking pics of stones in this area.

Over the last year people started to steal her work from the website, claim it for themselves, and repost everything elsewhere so she stopped sharing her valuable work .  Then in January, she found CanadianHeadstones.com, which caters directly to Canadians and Canadian Headstones. Here she says, "I can post my work, not worry about people copying my work, and reposting it as theirs, then leaving nasty messages on my memorials. Your site is a true Encyclopaedia of stones that people can go through, and I like it."

To date shoutfromthegutter has, single-handed, added over 8,600 of the 9,200 entries for York County alone! Very soon, CanadianHeadstones.com will have over 10,000 records for York County, which will be the largest compilation of headstone records for York County anywhere on the web.

Of course, all of this would not be possible without the coordinators in the background approving all of the entries. Thank you, Coordinators!

And now, the challenge is out there!  Who else can produce this volume in their area?

Possibly, someone already has? If you think you are close, please let me know - jamckane[at]gmail.com

Cemetery Names with a PLUS (+)

A number of users have asked, "What is the Plus (+) sign in the cemetery name?"

As explained in the Help & FAQ, the Plus (+) indicates there are photos of the cemetery entrance, gate, building, or landscape available for viewing. To locate them, simply do a search using the beginning of the cemetery name. i.e. Highland Road Cemetery - search for Highland or Highland Road

Photos of the cemetery entrance, gate, building, or landscape should be forwarded directly to myself at - jamckane[at]gmail.com

Happy Viewing, thanks to everyone who has submitted these photos!

NEW Search Features

We have added two new search features to the site. You can now -

Find records within - a whole province/territory OR just one county/region/district/rural municipality

Where the - surname, first name, cemetery or comments / transcription section

Either - starts with, contains or sounds like..........the text you enter.

The ability to search for text in the comments/transcription section has been a most wanted feature.

Congratulations to our website programmers!!