Graveyards are an integral part of the Irish landscape. There are over 1,200 of them in Northern Ireland alone. They can be found in a range of different settings. Many are in remote parts of the countryside, near the top of a mountain or even on a small island. Others are within towns, hemmed in between commercial and residential buildings. Because there are so many of them we can often take them for granted.
However, each graveyard is unique. Each was created in its own particular set of circumstances. Each will have its own unique collection of headstones. This essay will provide a brief outline of how to study a graveyard.