Monday, October 6, 2014

Would You like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran's Day, 2014?

The World War II Memorial, Railroad Square, Nashua, NH
Please join me in the Honor Roll Project.  Volunteers are taking photos of war memorials and honor rolls, posting them on their blogs and websites, and transcribing the names of all the people listed.  These transcriptions make the names available for search engines, and the names will be available for people searching for family, ancestors and friends.

I started this project in 2010 with the photos of the Londonderry Civil War monument, and then followed with the other war monuments on the town common, Derry’s MacGregor Park and other local honor rolls.  Other bloggers and photographers were invited to participate.  The email and comments I have read are truly inspiring, and it makes it well worth the effort to transcribe names when you read how family members found their fathers and grandfathers online, or how families searching their family trees find ancestors who served in the Civil War or World War I. 

"I never knew my ancestor was in the Civil War until I Googled his name and found it on your blog! Thanks so much for your project - Charles Chase" 13 Dec 2011

" Thank you! Aina Bernier- daughter of Ernest Albert Bernier, Jr." 27 Jan 2011

If you would like to participate this year, I will be posting a compilation post of all the participating bloggers on Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11th.  I will also make those posts permanently available on the page link “Honor Roll Project” above at the top of my blog home page (scroll up to the top of this page to see the link)   Every November for Veteran’s / Armistice Day I publicize this project, and again in May I publicize the project for Memorial Day .   Eventually I would like to see project evolve into its own website.  (Any volunteers who would like to help with that?)

To participate, leave me a comment below or an email at   All you need to do is photograph a local honor roll or war monument, and transcribe the names.  If you have a blog, post the story, photos and transcriptions and send me the permanent link for the Honor Roll Project.  If you don’t have a blog, I can post the photo and names for you and add it to the Honor Roll Project, giving you full credit for the photography and transcription.

This is a simple way of saying “Thank You” to all the veterans in our communities- past and present. 

The Honor Roll Project Page (see the page link at the top of this blog)


  1. I would like to participate: Schalene Dagutis

  2. I Would like to participate in your project. It's a great thing to do to preserve names. This is any war memorial? Could it be one that lists soldiers who died in war?
    Jeanne B. Insalaco

    1. Yes, Gabby! Please look at the contributions on the page at the top of this blog or at this link: There are contributions from cemeteries, schools, town commons, parks, courthouses, libraries and all sorts of other honor rolls. I just transcribed one written on paper in 1943 in a general store in New Hampshire. We welcome all honor rolls.

  3. Heather,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Here are two of my blog posts with photos and transcriptions: and Locations include West Hazleton, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Arlington County, Virginia; Fairfax County, Virginia; and New Bern, Craven, North Carolina.

  5. Here is likely my last one before Veterans' Day 2014 of the memorials at the Memorial Grounds in Frederick, Maryland

  6. Heather,
    Here are a few more I've done over the past year:

    Candia, NH's Soldiers' Monument

    Dover, NH's GAR Monument

    Raymond, NH's Soldiers and Sailors Monument

    Rollinsford, NH's Civil War Monument