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

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