The Textual Record Form

The written record night be similar to the form below. It was adapted from a form in Strangstad (see Written Resources) and reflects the variable found in this 19th century rural graveyard. The entries seem to be self explanatory or soon will be as you begin looking over a project and begin reading mortuary literature. You might develop a form more suited to the types of markers found in the yard you are studying.

McCortney Graveyard Inventory of Markers

Date of Record
Marker Number

Marker Type: 1. Headstone 2. Footstone 3. Tablet stone 4. Column 5. Fieldstone
Tablet type: Square Top Rounded Top Segmented Top Indented Circle
Column Type: Square, Gabled Obelisk
Evidence of: Mussel Shell Pottery

Material: Marble Sandstone Granite

Carved Surfaces: 1. Front 2. Back 3. Top 4. Side Panels 5. End Panels

Carving motif: 1. Dove 2. Lamb 3. Hand pointing up 4. Lettering only
5. Other (specify)

Condition of Marker: 1. Sound 2. Chipped 3. Cracked 4. Crumbled 5. Eroded
6. Broken 7. Tilted 8. Sunken 9. Discolored/stained
10. Moss/lichen 11. Other

Condition of Inscription: 1. Mint 2. Clear but worn 3. Mostly decipherable
4. Traces 5. Illegible or destroyed 6. Underground

Dimensions of marker: Height Width Thickness

Length of grave (head to foot, if any):

Direction marker faces: N S E W NE SE NW SW

Inscription (as engraved):










Cataloger's Remarks:



 The Yard

 Photographic Record

 Textual Record