Q. What do the burial references mean?
A. To help organise my photos, I have split the Churchyard of Saint Margarets’ into sections. Graves which I have photographed, all have a unique reference. This reference consists of the Churchyard section number and grave number along with the surname(s) of the individual(s) included on the headstone. So, for example, F2343 indicates that the photo was taken in section F and is the 2343rd photo in my collection. Please note that the references are only relevant to this project and have no bearing on the official references used by the officials of Saint Margaret‘s Church.
Q. Why are the photos watermarked and can I have copies?
A. The watermarks are to prevent unauthorised use but original photos can be supplied on demand.
Q. I think I have an ancestor buried in Swinton but you have no photo of the headstone. Will you check for a headstone in the Churchyard for me?
A. No. Unless it is a recent interment, as far as I am concerned, I have photographed all legible headstones. Many graves didn’t have headstones in the first place whilst others have literally fallen into the ground. If you need help in finding an unmarked grave, you should contact an official from Saint Margaret’s Church. With interments constantly taking place, there’s a very small chance that I may miss these although I will make every attempt to keep the photographic record of headstones held and displayed on this site as up to date as possible.
Q. Why do some individuals have Census data linked to them whilst some don’t?
A. Finding Census data and associated individuals for the people buried in Swinton is a lengthy process and will probably take many years to complete. If you can offer any information, please contact me.
Q. If a person’s name is on a headstone, does that automatically mean that they are buried there?
A. No, not necessarily. Names of loved ones are sometimes included on headstones, but that does not necessarily mean that they are buried there. To confirm who is buried where and when, please contact an official from Saint Margaret’s Church or purchase/view a burial data disc/book available from local Family History Societies (see the ’Useful Links’ page).
Q. If I contribute information to Swinton People, will I be credited for doing so?
A. Unless requested not to do so, then yes. I will credit all suppliers of information as the source of the data.
Q. How should I submit my data to Swinton People?
A. Data can either be e-mailed to me or you can add comments directly to individuals/events via the comment function.
Q. What’s the difference between a Churchyard and a Cemetery?
A. Cemeteries are generally operated by the Council or by private companies. Saint Margarets’ is a Church and thus the Churchyard comes under the jurisdiction of the Church of England.
Q. How many photos have you taken of how many graves?
A. I have currently taken over 18000 photos of over 3000 graves.
Q. Do you make any money from this project or information?
A. No, I don't make a penny.
Q. Have you any more graves to photo?
A. There are many graves which I need to photo again, mainly for lack inscription clarity or lack of headstone representation. I am hoping to have completed this process by mid 2012. There is however a relatively small and new section that I have not photographed at all, but will hopefully have this situation rectified by mid 2014 also.