Members of DPHS have had several meetings in the burial ground sorting out various records of different eras. That alone has been a very interesting experience. Plans, maps, photocopied written records have needed to be amalgamated. Now we feel confident in our plan of action and would love to see more society members and villagers join us.
We meet on a Monday at 2.00pm in the church porch and divide up our work party into partners, usually a ‘scribe’ and a ‘reader’. Or ‘experienced with new worker’. Before the actual recording can begin, our volunteers need to clear any inscription on the headstone or other marker to ensure we are as accurate as possible. To read the
entire inscription is often not possible but to have a name and date is always good. Many graves do not have markers at all so we will rely on paper records to locate them. A rainy day task. We are already discovering some amazing stories and it is always good to find the last resting place of those earlier parishioners who have featured, by name and/or trade, in earlier DPHS projects.
People from further afield have surprised and intrigued us.
Already this project has enabled family historians from elsewhere locate elusive ancestors. Who else will we find? Every grave, every plot has a story to tell. Please join us. You will need to bring:
A garden kneeler, or similar. A small tool/old kitchen knife, the rounded blade type, for some clearing. A pencil and something to lean on. Please wear a long-sleeved garment you can button up at the wrists – there are many ants. If you can bring a device for photographs all the better. I am particularly inept in this field, but I can still wield paper and pencil.