The Project


The project was born from an online discussion between a small number of family historians who until recently had never met but who chatted regularly and helped each other with their particular family history problems and challenges on a family history forum website. The group, who met for the first time on the inaugural Groundwork Day on 17 October 2010, were drawn together by our passion for family history, our love of Manchester and Lancashire and our desire to save and preserve historical data.

We don't have any financial support but we do have the full backing of Manchester City Council and their Bereavement Services Team for which we are very appreciative. Their guidance and advice has been invaluable. All the volunteers work with their own equipment - trowels, brushes, cameras, computers etc., and provide their own transport.

The Project has now completed the mapping of the Cemetery. We have transcribed ALL upright and visible gravestones and uncovered and recorded about 95% of buried gravestones. We are still working on the other 5% to be uncovered and recorded.

New volunteers are always welcomed at our Groundwork Days (when we meet at the Cemetery to photograph and record) which are usually on a Sunday morning for 2- 4 hours. Previous experience isn't necessary. All we ask is for a time commitment and an enthusiastic approach. The team can be contacted via the website contact page.


MGC 2012
MGC 2014