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By Fiona Reid
Nostalgia
Good progress in cemetery project

A PROJECT to photograph all the headstones in Dumfries and Galloway is 68 per cent complete.

Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society launched the initiative a year ago and volunteers have been busy visiting the region’s graveyards in that time.

And they have photographed 161 of 238, with noticeable gaps in the Wigtownshire area.

Co-ordinator Terry Brown said: “We now have over 93,000 photos in our archive and these will be available to view in our research centre when we reopen.”

Anyone who wants to get involved in the final push, should email [email protected]

Meanwhile, a tandem project also needs more helpers.

The Graveyard Transcripton Project is about transcribing the information on the cemetery photos.

Terry explained it can be done by anyone, worldwide, at home on their own computer.

There are currently 40 people working it, and they have transcribed 27 graveyards so far, but more transcribers are needed. To sign up, email [email protected]