The Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project is being undertaken by a team of volunteers whose intention is to transcribe as many of the headstones within Manchester General Cemetery as possible before they are lost forever due to them falling through age and decay or by them being toppled in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations. We believe that the headstones are more than just memorials in a cemetery but they actually contain a wealth of historical data. The project is carried out in our own free time and is totally non-commercial.
The data in the form of typed transcriptions (not photographs) will be donated to Manchester Archives where it will be freely accessible once the project is complete and we are already offering a free-of-charge look-up service via our contact page. Some of the information (not the full transcription) may be included on the Manchester City Council's Burial Records website so family historians will be able to perform basic online searches. The photographs taken for the purposes of transcription will be handed over to the Manchester City Council Bereavement Services Team. The reason for this is that although a grave may be situated in a public place the headstone is private property for which permission needs to be granted for a photograph to be published. We have obtained special permission from Manchester City Council to take photographs for transcription purposes only.