Gravestone Photographic Resource

The Gravestone Photographic Resource project is an attempt to provide a much needed free on-line resource for family historians and other researchers.

The GPR is run by Charles Sale. He set it up in 1998 and has written all the code and database routines used by the website.

Charles Sale at his daughter's wedding
Charles at his daughter's wedding

What can you get from the GPR website

  1. List of all the grave monuments within a cemetery that were legible when they were photographed by a GPR volunteer.
  2. See all the names mentioned on a grave monument together with their relationships to each other.
  3. List all the cemeteries that have been photographed and indexed by the GPR.
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  4. Get a high quality copy of the photograph(s) taken of a specific grave monument.
  5. See all the high quality images you have ever requested.
  6. Provide help in your research using the website FAQ and How To systems.
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What is special about the GPR

  1. It is FREE!
  2. You do not need to login to use it.
  3. It has SEARCH facilities that make it easy to find a specific person.
  4. Helps you find different spellings of surnames stored on the GPR database. For instance, you can see all the versions of the surname Nickel: (e.g. Nichol, Nicholl, Nickolls, Nichols, Nickalls, Nickel, Nickell, Nickels, Nickle, Nickles, Nickoll, Nickolls, Nichol, Nicole, Nicoll, Nicolls).
  5. Lets you see all the records for a specific SURNAME, MAIDEN NAME or FAMILY NAME (A family name is where there is a surname as the last forename.)
  6. Shows you all the different surnames stored in its database.
  7. Helps you find the location of a specific grave within a cemetery.

What is special about grave monument photographs?

  1. Grave monument photographs are a PRIME SOURCE for use in genealogy research.
  2. They often contain information not available anywhere else.
  3. The relationships given on grave monuments often resolve research DEAD ENDS.
  4. Helps you find an ancestor's child who you know nothing about because the child was born and died between census dates.
  5. Helps you find the burial location and the exact date of death (or burial).
  6. Helps you find unknown details about a man's wife(s).
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What do people say about the GPR?

You can see what people think about the GPR by looking at their comments.

The latest comment was added to the website on 18/04/2019 at 06:59:

Title: Delighted to find a Goodhare gravestone

Comment: Fantastic clear image, link sent quickly. This is a super free resource, independently maintained.


There is also a system on the website that allows you to ask for help with your research:

The latest help request was added to the website on 09/04/2019 at 12:18:

Title: wanting know if an Aleardo Rossi died in county durham as he was my none's business partner (none wa

Comment: thank you Charles for all you do connecting families. also if anyone out there knows who Aleardo rossi was married too and his children id be grateful. Also having difficulty finding his other business partner - Nello Padreddi

What else can you get from the GPR?

Besides having grave monument photographs, the GPR also has an image collection of most of its cemeteries, churches and war memorials.

Who runs the GPR?

The GPR is run by Charles Sale. He set it up in 1998 and has written all the code used by the website.

In the beginning, Charles did everything but now he has many volunteers who photogaphs cemeteries. These photographs are then used to extract all the names and other details mentioned on the monument.

To make the GPR even better, please think about photographing your local churchyard or cemetery. It is easy to register as a new volunteer.

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