Gravestones or Headstones.. whatever you call them, they’re a wonderful record of the past! Some gravestones are easy to read.. others have been ravaged by time and the elements.. so HOW can you best record the information carved on the stone? Rather than trying to write the information down at the graveyard, the best thing is to photograph the stones. This allows for the recording of the information to take place not only in the comfort of the home, but also at a pace that suits you.. rather than a hurried hour or two hours walking around a graveyard. All these records have been transcribed from gravestones which have been photographed. We photograph ALL the gravestones in the graveyard and any stone that is going to present a problem (for example, where there is wear or decay of the stone at crucial places, etc.) is photographed many times, from different angles, and sometimes on different days, just so the most information that is available can be recorded. Grave stones are wonderful sources of information. But a word of CAUTION.. not everything you read will be correct. Consider this: Most grave stones (particularly 150+ years ago) were erected when people had money, and usually when the last of a family was buried. So, there could be a gap of maybe 50 or more years between the date of death and the date the stone was erected. Therefore, take dates, ages, etc., with the proverbial pinch of salt. They may be perfectly correct.. they may also be wrong. I can think of one example where a man died on the 16th September 1887 (confirmed by death certificate), yet his grave says 15th September 1888. Mistakes can and DO happen! Having said that, we believe that our recording of these gravestones is probably 99% accurate (NOTHING is 100%!).
“The inscription on a tombstone generally furnishes very scant information relating to the dead ; and yet, at the distance of a century or more, it is perused with avidity by heirs or descendents.”
Rev. W. D. Killen D.D., History of Congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and biographical notices of eminent Presbyterian Ministers and Laymen, 1886
Whilst we have endeavoured to record the information on the headstones as faithfully as possible, occasionally errors can happen. Please click on the link below and then follow the links to the required graveyard.