One of the main projects of the society has been, and continues to be, Monumental Inscriptions (M.I's). As can be seen from our Publications List we have completed many of the local cemeteries these are published in booklet form but can be produced on CD as well. Unlike Censuses, Parish Registers and BMD's, M.I's do not appear online anywhere (that we know of) so it is a good source of information to make available to members.
Recently Completed Cemeteries.
Kildwick Parish Church cemetery, Silsden Municipal Cemetery and St John's and Ebenezer at Crosshills are now complete. These have been published see our publications list for prices etc.
Bingley Parish Church Cemetery
Transcribing began in the Summer of 2012, all around the church the stones are laid down flat and along the paths. There is also another part of the cemetery across the main Keighley to Bradford road. Before the road was built this was the whole graveyard but stones were moved to make way for the road. This is a big project and could keep us busy for a year or two as transcribing is a Spring/Summer occupation.
National Burial Index (NBI)
It has been brought to our notice that it is unlikely that another NBI (National Burial Index) disc will be produced and that in future it will probably be published directly onto the internet. This would allow for regular additions, but final decisions have not yet been made. We will keep you informed.
Photographs of Churches.
Many photographs of churches in the area covered are already on our website this is ongoing.
Can you help?
All the projects that the society undertakes are done voluntarily. Transcription of M.I's can only be done in the cemeteries reading the inscriptions and writing them down in legible writing that our Editor/Publisher can read, the use of abbreviations is minimal. Obviously this is a fair weather project. Members are very welcome to come and help transcribe M.I's as is often asked in the Journal. At present it is a few of the committee that collect this data.
The data for NBI can be done from home on computer so members who are not local can be involved but until clarification of the future of this project is forthcoming this is not a priority at present.
Admin. & Programme Secretary