***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 11.07.13 *****
Historic Graves (www.historicgraves.ie) is a community-focused grassroots heritage project which digitally records and publishes historic graveyard surveys online, as well as recording local stories. The online database assist people searching their family lineage -- allowing visitors from Ireland and across the globe to freely explore and search the growing database of genealogical data, multimedia records and stories relating to their local area.
Thanks to funding from Offaly Local Development (www.offalyldc.ie) and support from the Ireland Reaching Out (www.irelandxo.com) programme, during the month of July, historic graveyard and memorial recording workshops will take place in four locations in north and south Offaly. Local community groups will be trained in low-cost high-tech field surveying of historic graveyards and recording of their own local oral histories. They will learn how to build a multi-media online record of the historic graves in their own areas and in the process, become familiar with using the latest digital technology in use for surveying historic graveyards. Using the latest technology, training will be on all aspects of memorial recording including digital photography, GPS and web-based mapping.
Getting Involved
Historic graveyards in the following locations will be surveyed from approximately 9.30 to 4pm each day – all are welcome to participate during these times. Come for the full two days or whatever time you can spare – also those who have some folklore or stories to be recorded:
                                   8th-9th July:         Banagher area
                                   10th-11th July:     Shinrone area
                                   15th-16th July:     Edenderry area
                                   17th-18th July:     Daingean area
Please email or text your full contact details (parish, mobile number and email address) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (085) 1925466. You will receive a confirmation with further detailed information regarding which historic graveyards will be surveyed. There is a nominal charge of €10 to cover materials and use of equipment
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