Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012 ! wishes 
Everyone a 
Belated Merry Christmas 
and Happy Hanakuh 
as well as a 
Very Happy, Healthy and 
Prosperous New Year 
for 2012 ! has had an extremely successful year. Without all of YOU, our volunteers, none of this would have been possible. As of today, we have reached 336,000 records!

We extend a BIG thank you for your hard work, diligence and support.

Again, all the Best for 2012,
Jim McKane
On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thank You Note

Another comment of gratitude  - 
thank you for posting the picture he is a distant relative of mine there 
will be more  headstones for the the other ramsdales that are in the 
plot and thanks again for posting the picture
Received from Tim E. 
Merry Christmas to Everyone

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas / Hanukkah Gifts

Please add to your gift list!

We could really use more volunteers both as Submitters and as Coordinators. Maybe you could recruit at least one new volunteer from your genealogy or family history contact list.

Also, your Board of Directors is working very hard to find ways to improve our project; however, many innovations are hindered by our clunky, out-dated software. The only method of overcoming this situation is to totally rewrite the software package. This will require a large expenditure of monies which we don't have.

Please consider a small donation to help us grow.

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2012 !!

Jim McKane
President / Administrator

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dowsing for Graves

Mrs. Myrtle Johnston
Mrs. Myrtle Johnson is shown dowsing for graves at the edge of the farmer's field in Maple View Lodge Cemetery, Leeds Co., Ontario. Her skills are amazingly accurate in the locations. Apparently, the graves extend out six rows from the fence line and down the hill to the left. She even claims to be able to discern the sex of the body in the grave. She has dowsed and located a number of the hidden graves in Leeds & Grenville Counties.

On a personal note, I have absolutely no idea how or why dowsing works......... for some people. My late father could locate an underground spring for a well within inches! Yet, I couldn't make it work at all....... unless Dad walked beside me and touched my shoulder or arm, then, dowsing would work for me as well.

One of the wonders of life!

A cairn in the fence row marks Maple View Lodge Cemetery.

Myrtle is the Editor and Genealogist for the Leeds & Grenville Branch, OGS. Her sister Lorna is also involved in the OGS. They both received awards in the summer of 2011 for all the work they have done. Back in the 80's, Myrtle and Lorna were major contributors to a project which recorded all the stones in all the cemeteries in Leeds and Grenville. Both sisters have published books of these old cemeteries. Myrtle was also instrumental as President of the Col. Edward Jessup Branch, UEL, in coordinating the effort to clean up the Wiltsetown Cemetery and several others. She vows that Maple View Lodge is next.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Family Trees are a Hit !

We just received this note from S......, one of our submitters........

The family tree section of the site is really working well!

Just had an email from my husband's cousin who lives in Dublin, someone we have been trying to contact for years. We know that he has valuable family tree information but his name is so common that we couldn't find him online. He saw the family tree I posted on the site and emailed me. 


Get busy and submit your trees. You never know who will turn up.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mount Hope Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario Vandalized!

Vandals have toppled 104 headstones in Mount Hope Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario!  What a senseless, cruel, inhuman act! Read the complete story in today's Toronto Sun

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Family Trees Update

Thanks to our many contributors, the Family Trees section of our project is receiving over 300 hits per day with the contributors gaining many new leads and contacts.

Submit your gedcom today to take part in this success story!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank You Note

Gord, one of our stalwart volunteers just received this note of thanks -

Subject: Re: Tierney Family
Hi Gord.  Thank you Gord.  Your website is great!!!  What your doing is a very important thing and I commend you for that.  It's given me lots of information to help with my family; as well as, dozens of other families.
Thanks again for this important job you do.
Take care,

It is always nice to receive an acknowledgement of a great effort.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

!! 300,000 Records !!

November 7th, 2011 at 9:58 p.m., we reached 300,000 records!!

We wish to thank all of our volunteers for the superb effort!

While typing out the transcription does take extra effort, our site is quickly becoming recognized the world over for the extra detail and the extremely powerful search engine. These factors contribute to the marvelous success we are attaining.

Thanks again to everyone.

Le 7 novembre 2011 à 21:58, nous avons atteint 300 000 entrées ! ! 

Nous tenons à remercier tous nos bénévoles pour ce superbe travail ! 
Par l'effort additionnel qu'exige la transcription complète des épitaphes, notre site est maintenant reconnu dans le monde pour ses détails supplémentaires et son moteur de recherche extrêmement puissant. Ces facteurs contribuent au magnifique succès que nous avons atteint.

Merci encore à chacun.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ancestry Indexes

I mentioned that is becoming noticed around the world. Well, recently, / has indexed our project.

Very rapidly, we have begun to see visitors coming to us from Ancestry. This move will rapidly increase activity and spread the good word about all of your hard work and hundreds, even thousands, of hours of hard work!

Thanks to everyone who has made this possible.

Jim McKane

Coordinator Assistance Required

Hello Everyone - is growing so very rapidly thanks to everyone's hard work. We are becoming increasingly noticed around the world!

However, growth creates its own problems in that we really do need the assistance of several more volunteers to act as coordinators. As a coordinator, you are responsible for checking and approving submissions for a given area of the country. The task is quite easy if you are familiar with the submission process.

The constantly increasing volume of new submissions is overloading our current coordinators. We need help!!

Please email Jim McKane with your expression of interest.

Jim McKane

Thank You re Canadian Historical Figure

Here is an exchange between our Ontario, Lanark County Coordinator and a user -

From: Lxxx Mxxxxxxxx
Subject: Evander
Date: 24 October, 2011 11:40:32 PM EDT
To: Peter Tucker

Thank you for your compliments Peter, it certainly was a day to be proud of in our family. I wish writing Evander and his "many" wives and children's history was as easy. The research is extremely interesting.
Thank goodness for websites such as the Canadian Headstone one and others as I also remember the old way of travelling to cemeteries and sitting scrolling microfilm and microfiche.

At 10:21 PM 10/24/2011, you wrote:
Hello Linda

Your submission for Evander Wm. F. McRae has been approved and now appears on the Lanark county section of the Canadian Headstones website.

I found your comment at the bottom of the inscription intriguing, so, upon googling the name on the stone, I found your blog entry which I read with great interest.

I want to thank and congratulate you for your efforts in placing this stone and giving a home and recognition to your Great Grandfather. A job well done on behalf of another very deserving historical figure!

Peter Tucker
Lanark County Coordinator


Peter, you are to be congratulated on your note to Linda. would not exist without the diligence of its tonnes of volunteers.

Jim McKane

Friday, October 14, 2011

Translation Help Needed

Many times, we find headstones with text in foreign languages which our software will not handle. Therefore, we need volunteers to assist with the translation of the text. Some of the languages found are: -

- Chinese, Japanese and other oriental languages
- Russian
- Greek
- Arabic
- Hebrew

If you are fluent in any of these languages, we would like to hear from you.
Please email Jim McKane for more details.

Rapid Growth Continues!

Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers, we continue to grow at the rate of about 500 records per day!  WOW! Let's hope we can maintain the momentum as winter approaches.

In case you haven't thought of it, now is a GREAT time to take a large volume of photographs to input throughout the colder, snowy months.

Thanks again for your superb efforts and support.

Jim McKane,
President and Adminstrator

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another Thank You

Gord, one of our hardworking coordinators who has also submitted a large number of photos himself received this note: -

Just a note to say "Thank you" for taking the time to photograph and put online the photo of my grand uncle's headstone from Beechwood. In exploring our family tree David McEwan's story was a sad one. He had been committed to the asylum in Brockville, and in a fit of despair threw himself onto the train tracks before an oncoming locomotive. His wife Lilian bore the burden of being left behind, and I find it poignant that she put at the bottom of the stone "Some Day We Will Understand"
Every stone, another story.
Thanks for making them available to families online.
Sh... OC......

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Add YOUR Family Tree Today!

Our new Family Trees section is now in high gear!

We are ready to accept your family tree gedcom immediately.

Just send it to Jim McKane along with: -
  • the title/name of your family tree
  • a brief description of your tree - 10 words or less
  • your contact info
  • AND the name, birthdate or deathdate of the person you wish linked to our Browse Trees page
We will post it as quickly as possible.


Family Tree Finds "Cousins"

Sandra posted her family tree on Within a very few days, she received the following email -

    Have we corresponded before?
    I found the above site while Googling Charles Booth. I struggled to find the submitter, but when I saw the Lindsay name, I found I already have your branch in my Blythman tree.
    Your GG Grandmother Kezia Blythman was a sister to Rebecca Blythman.
    It looks like we both have similar data, so not much to exchange. But thought I would say hello just in case.
P.... B.... - Family Historian, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

It seems that they had corresponded several years ago but had lost contact with each other. helps again!

Thank You Note

Eric in British Columbia just received........

I just thought I'd drop you an email to say thank you for contributing to the Canadian headstone site. I've just seen for the first time the headstone of a relative for the first time. He emigrated to Canada from Scotland, and we visited him one marvellous summer.
Thanks again,

Isn't it nice to be noticed and thanked for your hard work?

Great work, Eric!
Keep it up,

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thank You Note

This note was just received by Gord, one of our great coordinators..........

Just a quick note to say thank you for taking your precious time to put the photo of the John Hill and Margaret Magee family on this wonderful web site.

 It is folks like you who make the world a nicer place to live. Thanks again.

B..... J........

Friday, August 19, 2011

!! Quarter Million Records - CONGRATULATIONS !!

!! CONGRATULATIONS to Everyone !!

We now have over 250,000 records and are growing very rapidly!

A special thanks to the many coordinators who work so diligently approving, and sometimes correcting the submissions.

Well Done Everyone,
Jim McKane

P. S. - Watch for two special announcements within the next few weeks!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thank You Note

The Glanbrook Heritage Society received this one -

I have been in contact with you before regarding my Thompson relatives.  I would like to point out that Harriet ALLY THOMPSON should read Harriet ELLEY THOMPSON.  Harriet was the daughter of Thomas and Maria ELLEY of Binbrook.
Since I visited your office in a snowstorm in March 2006 I have found more information on my family, but will be back for a visit some time to find even more.  I have photographed Harriet and Thomas' headstone, but never saw the one for Earnest so that was a gread [sic] find on Canadian Headstones dot com.  Thankyou

S.... T..... Y....
Owen Sound

These notes which I post are just a few of the many, many positive comments we get.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Another Thank You

Today was a first as I received a hand-written thank you note shown below along with a cash donation for It is dedicated volunteers like G. L. who make our project the fantastic success it truly is.

On behalf of, I want to thank G. L. for his kind comments and much appreciated donation.
Jim McKane
President and Founder

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thank You Notes & Compliments

Compliments and Thank You's continue to come in. One especially nice one was received by Eric in British Columbia for his efforts relating to a query -

Hello Eric,
Thank you so much for sending me the website addresses and the wonderful amount of information you kindly found on the names I mentioned – it is very much appreciated, and it all slots into place... cheers.
Your Canadian Headstone Photo Project is a very helpful, useful and phenomenal database - and is a unique record for posterity. It is obvious to me that a great deal of love, time and effort has gone into it, especially as you don’t have any family in that area.
Eric, I must also thank you for going out of your way to search the amazing familysearch website, a site which I am now looking into in more detail... brilliant!
Kindest regards and good look with your future research,
All of our volunteers are to be congratulated on their very hard work and continued support.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - In The Press has made it into the online press twice this month with announcements related to our project becoming a Non-profit Canadian Corporation.

We wish to thank Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and The Global Gazette for their support by spreading the word about our project.

You may read the articles on our In The Press page.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday to & 144th to Canada!!

I'd just like to wish everyone a very Happy Canada Day on this our 144th Birthday. As well I would like to  acknowledge that this is's 2nd Birthday!

Last fall, I had a goal in mind of 225,000 records in our first two years. Well, we almost made it with our total now a little over 218,000!

Congratulations to Everyone as we celebrate both important birthdays!

Jim McKane

Friday, May 27, 2011

Huge Project Underway - Volunteers Needed! has just secured over 6,000 headstone photos covering Niagara Township, Lincoln County, Ontario.

We need volunteers to assist with the submission and approval of these valuable records.

Please contact

Jim McKane

Monday, May 16, 2011


WOW, congratulations to ALL of our hard-working volunteers!!

Another milestone - 200,000 indexed records in only 22 months!

You should be extremely proud of your efforts.

Genealogists, family historians and researchers from over 100 countries thank you!!

Jim McKane

Monday, May 9, 2011

Become a Supporting Member Today!

Supporting Members' gifts will help finance the day-to-day operational expenses and ensure the future growth and development of

For further information, please read the Supporting Members' page.

Any questions or comments should be emailed to Jim McKane.
Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Jim McKane

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thank You Note

Eric in BC has received yet another great note of appreciation -

Hello Eric,
Thank-you for taking all the headstone photos! I was so surprised to see my parents on the site, especially the information on my mother....I image[sic] you were able to obtain if from the cemetery office.
They are buried in Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria. I am sure many people who are studying their family's history are excited to be able to search for their relatives burial spots! I live close to the cemetery, but I have found many of my families[sic] burial sites online. Thank-you again... I just wanted you to know that your work is very much appreciated!

Kind regards,

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thank You Note

We continue to receive nice thank you notes from users. Eric in BC received this one -

Thanks you for contributing the photo of Harriet B.... on the canadian headstone website. It's wonderful to link families together!
Isn't it great to know that our work is so greatly appreciated.
Jim McKane, Adminstrator 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Halifax (Sailors') Monument is Complete!

Thanks so a superb effort by Linda C......., the Halifax (Sailors') Monument has been fully indexed........ all 3,257 names!  A monumental, difficult and boring task!

Thanks, Linda, from all the researcher who will use it.

Jim McKane

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Last 12 Months

Hello Everyone - I was just browsing our statistics where I found some extremely interesting facts.

In the last 12 months, has DOUBLED the number of visitors to the website. These visits came from no less than 110 countries around the world. Also of interest is the fact that over 50% of those visitors came to the website from search engines which indicates new users are most certainly finding the results of your efforts.

Every volunteer should be extremely proud of these facts as none of this could take place without YOUR dedication, perseverance and support.

Genealogists, researchers and family historians from 110 countries thank YOU !!

Jim McKane,

Friday, March 18, 2011

A New Genealogy Search Engine

Here is a new search engine designed especially for genealogy queries. Although, I have not worked with it very much, it is getting great reviews.  Give it a try!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why We LOVE Our Volunteers!!

As President of, it was with much gratitude and great pleasure that I received the following email from one of our fantastic volunteers in Quebec.
Gaston is so humble in his accomplishment! Congratulations, Gaston!! 
I am happy to tell you that all the pictures I took from the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Cemetery are done. That is more then 3000 headstones and over 13000 names. There are headstones missing because some of my pictures were bad, some had vegetation in front of names or dates and some were just unable to see some of the info. I would think that about 3/4 of that site is done.
I was surprised to receive a message from a women who found her parents headstone on the site telling me that she was happy because she couldn’t go to the cemetery and seeing the picture she feels closer to them. That message show me that our work make a difference for others.
To have more headstones to offer to public and searchers, I will this year attack the St-Luc and the St-James cemetery in St-Jean-sur –Richelieu area. There are 2 smalls cemetery and I will have enough to pass next winter.
 I am proud to be volunteer for the site , because we can offer free informations and pictures.  I would like to thank all volunteers for all their time they give on that project. A special thanks to Michel [the coordinator for Quebec] who make the corrections on all my headstones.
Gaston L*****

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thank You Note

Jim received this note regarding Ontario headstone photos -

Hello- I was delighted to find your website, and have found many McCaw headstones, the focus of my research.  It's been very touching.

I am grateful, and would like to volunteer my help if anyone is interested in pictures from cemeteries in the southwest United States, mainly southern California.

I don't know if you deal with individuals like myself, or have other arrangements, but I am willing to try.

Thank you very much for the website.


S**** O****
Oak Hills, California

Of course, we don't archive headstone photos from the US. Therefore, I referred her to some sites in her area of interest.

Jim McKane

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Function for Coordinators

Our volunteer programmer, Robert, has continued to work very hard for us! He has made many valuable changes to the software which has improved the website AND made our task as administrators / coordinators much easier.

The newest of these is on the Edit screen where the approvals are completed. You will find that the Status drop-down box has a new item - Pending Removal. This allows you to move a record to the trash without having to locate it in the list of Unapproved Entries.

Caution - this function only controls the current record! The Group Update function will not remove the complete group.

Thanks again, Robert, for a wonderful tool!

Jim McKane

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thank You Note Received

Received 19 Feb 2011
Hi Jim,[that's me, the administrator]
Its Peterborough, Ontario[regarding minor spelling error in the record which I corrected]
Great Project.  So interesting and appreciated :)  I found it when I was looking up my great uncle and found the picture of his headstone.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Milestone - Ontario Reaches 100,000 Records

A HUGE Thank You and Congratulations to all those over 170 volunteers who have contributed headstone photos to Ontario.

Researchers from 118 countries around the world have visited since inception. Your work is, most certainly, being appreciated.

Keep up the great work.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thank You Note

Alan from Ontario received this note............

Hello, Alan, I wanted to say "thank you" for the photo you took in St. George's Hawthorne cemetary[sic] of George and Eliza Walsh's headstone. They are my great-great grandparents, and I've saved your picture to the tree I'm working on.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thank You Note

And another to Cliff in Ontario, 7 Jan 2011

Thanks for your wonderful site! I was at the Beechwood Cem. a few years and found some of my Mitchell famiy[sic] in the Mausoleum. My Aunt Loretta Leduc Mitchell wife of Clarence was buried in the same spot as her sister in law "In loving memory of Gladys Mitchell May 22, 1893-Nov 3 1872. along with Roy Alexander Mitchell Oct 2,1869 June 23, 1959 .Her name has not been inscribed She died in Ottawa 4 Feb 1968 she was born in Woonsocket, RI USA  7 March 1892

From D*****[at]

Thank You Note

Cliff in Ontario also received this one on 8 Jan 2011. Nice to be able to make a family connection from !

My great grandmother was Catherine Popham, daughter of Wm and Mary Popham born in England, late 1890`s,, settled in Osgoode in about 1831. Catherine Married John Jacob BRADSHAW, carpenter, joiner and farmer, Concession 8, lot 21 Metcalfe.
After a break of more than 20 years, I have retuned[sic] to this part of my ancstry[sic] and am trying to build a family tree. Time is of the essence since I am already 83. I lived in Ottawa for 17 years but am now on Vancouver Island, Sidney BC.
Do you already have a family tree. Are you intersted[sic] in sharing information.
Kind regards, A*** B******** L******

Thank You Note

Cliff in Ontario received this note, 14 Sept 2010 -

Thank you for contributing this picture of Kathryn's headstone.  I was a friend of hers in university and miss her dearly.
C...... G.......
Whitehorse Yukon

Thank You Note Received

This note was received by Eric in British Columbia, 12 February 2011 
Thank you so very much for taking the time to take the photos and 
the information from the grave markers. It has been a huge help as 
I doubt I will ever get to the gravesites in person.

Bless you! ~ L**

Thank You Notes & Compliments

To date, we have received a number of notes thanking and its volunteers for our hard work.

While we have graciously acknowledged this emails, we have not shared them with other volunteers nor the public.

If you receive such an email, please forward it to Jim McKane

Going forward, notes of appreciation will be posted here on the blog for all to read.

Have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NEW Group Update Feature for Coordinator Use

Enhanced Headstone Edit Features

Please refer to the snapshot of a revised edit screen, provided below. A new button “Update Group then Exit” has been added and the label for the “Update then Exit” button has been revised to “Update Current Record then Exit”. Update Current Record then Exit will function exactly the same as before.  
This update includes two new features:
1) The ability to apply changes to the group of records associated with the given headstone.

2) An easier way to navigate within the group of records.  The list of names in the “Part of a Group Entry” section of the edit screen are now clickable and will take you directly to the edit screen for that entry.

Business Rules for Group Updates

The new button “Update Group then Exit” will work as follows:
1. The current record will be updated normally. 
2. Each record in the group will be updated, but only if the record has not yet been approved (i.e. “On HOLD” or “TRASHed”).  Any records in the group that are already approved will not be updated as part of a group update.
3. The rules for updating fields for the group records (other than current) are as follows.  Please note that Rule #1 and Rule #2 above take precedence.
a. Surname.  The Surname of the group record will be updated to the new name only if the surname of the group record matches the surname (prior to update) of the current record.
b. Given Names.  The given name will not be updated on a group record. 
c. Cemetery Name.  All records in the group will be updated.
d. Submitter Email.    All records in the group will be updated.
e. Email Visible.    All records in the group will be updated.
f. Comments.  Updated to the new value only if the comments of the group record matches the comments (prior to update) of the current record.
g. Status.   All records in the group will be updated. 

Please note that the rules for updating the group of records will not make any changes to records that are a part of the group but have already been approved.
So, for example, if I have a group of records from the same tombstone where I’ve approved the first one in the group.  Move to the next one and then decide that the e-mail address should be changed.  I can do that easily using the “update group and exit” button for all but the first one (since its already been approved).  The administrator should be aware that the group update will not apply updates to records that have already been approved. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Non-Profit Canadian Corporation !! has completed its official registration as a Canadian Non-Profit Corporation! is no longer at risk of becoming extinct upon the death or incapacity of any single person. Just as any other corporation, it is its own legal entity which is required to abide by all the laws of Canada. To meet these requirements must hold regular meetings of the Board of Directors, file certain documents annually with Canadian regulatory offices and file an annual income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency. We are not registered as a charitable organization. is no longer a sole-proprietorship but a Non-Profit Corporation with at least three directors who are forbidden from receiving any compensation for their services as directors.

The Bylaws state the Purpose of the Corporation as:
The corporation shall gather, archive, publish and disseminate genealogical, historical data or other records of interest to family historians, genealogists or other researchers.

As we move forward, we expect to have further exciting announcements throughout 2011.

Long live !

James A. McKane, Founding Director