ARCHIVED records of people buried at Great Malvern Cemetery could soon be online thanks to a group of hard-working residents.
Members of the Malvern Family History Society are undertaking an ambitious project to digitise the thousands of names archived from the Barnard’s Green site, in a bid to get them in an online format.
The burial record registers, which contain detailed information on each individual, are photographed by the group before they are automatically uploaded on to a computer. This method also helps to preserve the hard-copy archives.
Mike Speed, Chairman of the society and member for seven years, told the Observer the project could take up to two years to complete but was being done so people worldwide could access information on relatives who were buried in Malvern.
“The beauty of this is that people can go online, access this site and find their relatives,” he said.
“We actually have members all over the world and they can find out if their long-lost relative is here, so it gives access and information to people all over.
“We want to spread this information world wide so people are able to track down their loved ones.”
Project leader Vanessa Foy, who has been a member for eight years, said the names went back to 1861 and when the scheme was complete both Malvern Library and The Hive in Worcester would get a copy.
Malvern Town Council, who have supported the plans, will also receive one.
Linda Blake, town council clerk, added: “In October last year, the council were delighted to accept Malvern Family History Society’s offer to digitise the burial records for Great Malvern Cemetery.
“There is no cost to the council and this work will both preserve the records and allow wider access to them by members of the public.”
The group, which was formed in 1996 and has about 185 members, also hold a meeting on the first Wednesday of every month except August in the main hall at Dyson Perrins Academy from 7pm.