These pages include over 13,000 indexed photographs of all the legible headstones in 43 graveyards and cemeteries in north County Mayo. They date from 1762 to present. There are three main purposes in sharing these photos:
• to help preserve the memory of ancestors, family and friends,
particularly for those who live too far away to visit.
• as a resource to other family historians. Inscriptions can provide family
relationships and information not available from other records.
• to archive the information for future generations, as headstones and
inscriptions gradually weather until they are lost forever.
Locations of the graveyards catalogued to date:
NW Mayo (below), NE Mayo (above)Click on a number
Tip for reading and deciphering weathered headstones
Take a water spray bottle with you. Thoroughly soak the area of the engraving by spraying with water, then photograph it from an angle, preferably with the camera pointing up from the side or below. The light from the sky reflected off the wet surface reveals the slightest indentations in the stone (see example below). This approach does not damage the headstone, unlike scrubbing or using chalk.
Photo of dry headstone Same headstone soaked
Originally, these headstones photos were taken for the author's own research as the author's relatives can be found in most of the graveyards throughout north Mayo. However, in response to many requests, they have been shared here for the benefit of all.
The photos are grouped by graveyard, and indexed in alphabetical order by the main family name on the headstone. They are browsable and searchable using the Search menu page. Where there is more than one family name on the headstone, the photo is normally indexed under the other family name(s) also.
You can click on any name to open a photo of that headstone. To return to the main list, use the left Arrow button at the top left of your Browser window. To maintain fast download times, the photos are low resolution, but original high resolution copies are available on request. Please report any errors, etc. to webmaster@GoldenLangan.com.
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