Headstones and Memorials
One of the most important sources of information for the genealogist can be found in the cemetery, church graveyard and garden of remembrance.
Much of that basic data boils down to dates of birth and death as well as providing names of relatives interred in the same plot and area. However, there are many other items that can be gleaned from a headstone. Location would be an obvious fact but the epitaph or inscriptions are also great sources of facts and clues to the families of the people whose remains are remembered.
Wandering around the insides of churches can be just as productive. From engraved stones used as floor tiles to wall plaques and memorials to the war dead of the parish. All are great pointers to the connections that the family historian searches for.
Headstones come in all shapes, sizes and conditions and also make a statement to their time period. Some are hard to decipher but others clear and informative.