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Webinar: The Rookwood Project - how a small group of volunteers conquered one of the world's biggest cemeteries

  • 07 July 2022
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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A #SAG90 Event

Registration is free for SAG members and discounted to $10 for non-members

In 1981 the Society decided to commemorate the forthcoming 1988 Bicentenary by transcribing Rookwood Cemetery.  How hard could it be?  Members had been recording the headstone inscriptions of hundreds of smaller cemeteries for decades, so transcribing Rookwood was the same concept.  Only bigger.  Much bigger. 

For the best part of the next decade members met once a month to tackle both the undergrowth and other elements to record the genealogical information off the headstones. And then went back with computer print-outs and rechecked each stone again.  Published firstly on microfiche, then transferred to CD-ROM and now licensed to commercial online data providers and indexed in MIDAS, this transcription project remains one of the biggest in the Society’s history.  Join us for this look back at how Rookwood Cemetery was conquered by a small band of Society members and learn about some of their adventures along the way.  We’ll conclude with some research hints about how best to access the headstone inscriptions.

Presented by: Heather Garnsey Skill Level: All

About the presenter: Heather Garnsey is well known in the genealogy community as both a skilled presenter and for her contributions as Executive Officer of the SAG for 35 years (retired February 2020). Heather is a Fellow of the Society and received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2015.


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