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By Fiona Reid
Photo project update

OVER 116,000 photos have now been taken of the region’s graveyards for an archive project.

The mammoth undertaking has been organised by and carried out by Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society members and volunteers.

They launched a Graveyard Photographic Project in February 2020 with the aim of capturing every headstone locally.

And an update in their latest newsletter reveals they have now photographed 195 of Dumfries and Galloway’s 240 graveyards, 81 per cent.

The pictures are in their archive and will be available to view at the research centre in Dumfries when it reopens.

Furthermore, all the detail from the headstones is also being transcribed and archived.

Already, 20 per cent of information has been completed and now a call has been made for more volunteers to help with the remaining 80 per cent.

A society spokesman said: “Transcribing the photos can be done by anyone, worldwide, in the comfort of their own home on their own computer. We already have 50 volunteers working on this, but we need more.”

Anyone interested in helping out should contact [email protected]

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