By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
Published: 10:23 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 10:23 GMT, 3 March 2020
Thousands of cemeteries across the UK will be imaged and mapped over the next five years to create a comprehensive database of British burial sites.
The Church of England project hopes to immortalise the tombs of millions of people buried in Anglican graveyards as well as those interred on unconsecrated land.
Maps and photographs will be uploaded alongside burial records in a searchable database at some point before 2026.
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Volunteers partnered with Historic England, which injected £250,000 in funding, and Welsh firm Atlantic Geomatics who provided the technology and expertise to trial the project for two cemeteries in West Yorkshire
Volunteers from the Church of England have partnered with Historic England, which has injected £250,000 in funding, and Welsh firm Atlantic Geomatics which is providing the technology and expertise.
The database will be used by amateur genealogists to trace their lineage and grave details and monument photos for free, as well as information from the registers.
Uses may be charged to access other information to help fund the project.
According to Atlantic Geomatics, the mapping system will allow people to search for a person, add additional records, view reserved grave sites and measure plots.
The system was trialled at two sites in West