|Trory Church of Ireland cemetery.|
|Before the flour was used.|
|After the flour was applied. Flour won't damage the stones and will wash away during the next rain.|
When you do come across useful tombstones, watch for details such as these:
- Local addresses
- Parish and county information
- Family relationships
- Maiden names
- Causes of death
- Other person details
- Symbols of associations: lodges, etc.
|An example of using the digital paintbrush.|
As a professional genealogist, he just doesn’t obtain the information he is searching for with one or two stones. He maps out the whole section (or perhaps in some cases, the entire cemetery) and makes a sort of roadmap. Here’s what he advises:
List each stone in its sequence in the row. Where there are many names that are the same in the row, include the first names, too.
Write a transcription in a notebook if there are questions about details.
- Make sure that the first and last stone of each row are indicated.
- Record any spaces, too.
- Compare earlier transcriptions.
- Check burial register of church or cemetery.
|Google satellite view of cemetery and area surrounding it can be useful.|
He suggests that you bring these tools: Digital camera and lots of batteries. Cellphone for emergencies. (You could easily trip and fall--even into a deserted grave site. If the cemetery is remotely located, you could summon needed help.) GPS, first aid kit for cuts, insect bites, etc. Field book for recording information. Compass for making maps. Spray bottle and some brushes. Water for drinking and highlighting, hat.
For those who live within driving distance of London:
"Anonymous" comments on Grandpa's Grave that flour should never be used. Dr. Elliott replies that enriched flour might produce a chemical reaction. Plain flour, he says, should be OK. Irv