My interest in cemeteries started when I was a young child. I cannot tell you why, but the stones with their chiselled names and dates always intrigued me. I would find myself wondering about the people buried beneath those very stones. What their lives where like, what they did for a living and whether they knew their earthbound neighbours in life as well as death, how they died and who was left to mourn them.
Mysteries bother me.
Researching my own family history opened up the opportunity for me to finally answer those questions that had troubled me. It was then that I set out to research those buried in my local cemeteries and graveyards, in part to satisfy my curiosity and in part to preserve the rich social history that is so often lost to us through vandalism and decay, so that it may be available for generations to come.
Through my wanderings I have discovered many fascinating stories. Stories of love and friendship, of betrayal and revenge, murder and suicide.
So take a walk through your local cemetery. You never know what you may find...