The dead still have tales to tell. Gravestones in one part of Llandeilo Churchyard were recorded by the Women’s
Institute during the 1980s. However the northern section of the graveyard remained untouched.
So it was that an army of enthusiastic local volunteers braved the brambles and nettles to
carefully scrutinize each of the individual gravestones and record their details.
Fascinating tales have been told and burial plots have been explored to reveal local family
histories. Some of the gravestones are weathering badly so our survey will be a valuable record of the epitaphs
before they are lost completely.
HOW TO SURVEY A GRAVEYARD
Graveyards provide a readily accessible route into the past; rarely do our ancestors speak
so directly than through their memorials to the dead. If you would like to study your local graveyard or cemetery,
first check with the landowner for permission and to establish if any records have been made already.
• Draw a sketch plan of the graveyard and plot roughly the positions of the gravestones.
• Number each memorial with a unique number, crossreferencing with your plan.
• If you can, take a photograph or make a sketch of each memorial to accompany your
completed record sheets.
When you have carried out your survey, make sure you deposit a copy of your records with
the church or chapel, your local records office or at the local HER.
Download grave recording sheet
in PDF format.
Download index sheet for graves
in PDF format.