Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Dron Churchyard monumental inscriptions CD

Helen Grant from Scottish Monumental Inscriptions has very kindly sent me review copies of two new Cds covering Perthshire based churchyards. The CD for Aberuthven I will review in a forthcoming issue of Discover my Past Scotland, but I thought I would give the other a quick once over for this blog!

The CD for Dron contains 86 images and is priced at just £3. You first have to install a viewer, and once done this allows you to view images of the stones within the churchyard one at a time. The viewer displays the image on the right of the screen, and a transcription of the inscription on the left, and each image is fully searchabale by surname. In due course the company’s website will also host an online index to all of the names on its CDs.

It's possible to use the viewer to zoom into the images if you wish to consult a particular part of the stone, but you can also view the original JPEG images without the viewer, and the inscriptions via a Notepad file.

This and other CDs for churchyards in Banffshire, Borders, Edinburgh, Fife, Highland, Invernessshire, Lanarkshire, Morayshire, Perthshire and West Lothian can be ordered from Scottish Monumental Inscriptions at The prices vary according to the amount of data on the CDs, and Mac versions can be ordered upon request.

Definitely one to keep an eye on!

(Many thanks Helen!)

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Anonymous said...

Do you know anywhere I can get CDs that cover Perth itself and also the parishes of Cargill and St Martins?


Chris Paton said...

Don't know about CDs, but a series of MI books on pre-1855 Perthshire inscriptions was produced by Alison Mitchell through the Scottish Genealogy Society in 1997.

Perth's Westhill and Greyfriars cemetery are covered in North Perthshire City of Perth & Its Environs Volume 1, though not Jeanfield, which was later. Burial records for Perth burgh from 1794-1855 are searchable online at .

Not sure which volumes will have cargill an St. Martins, but they will be on one of them - try the society at Aso worth trying ScotlandsPeople site for OPR burials records.