In a move that will be welcomed by some and seen as an invasion of privacy by others, Northern Irish company Ever After have recorded the plot information of a number of local graveyards on their site www.discovereverafter.com
While to date Bridge-A-Crinn cemetery in Faughart and St Fursey’s Cemetery in Haggardstown are the only two in this area available on the site, along with St Peter’s in Drogheda, it is understood that there are plans in place to plot more local graveyards.
As well as giving an interactive map of the cemetery, Ever After takes a picture of each grave and records a number of details about the individual(s) buried there, including: their name, date of death, townland, age and any additional information such as who they are related to.
The site then has a link allowing people to place flowers on the grave while donations can also be made to the parish or church.
Ever After – who are based in Portglenone in Antrim – have received EU and government funding under the Rural Development Programme but a number of locals are concerned about their deceased loved ones’ breach of privacy.
Leona and Sean McAlister set up Plotbox, a cemetery and crematorium programme that allows content to be generated for their genealogy website discovereverafter.com
In February this year they won Invest NI’s Propel Company of the Year award. While the bulk of the cemeteries on the site are based in Northern Ireland, they are increasingly adding southern sites to their website.