John J. Newman explains how to transcribe headstones and cemeteries as helpful sources for research.
Locating and documenting cemeteries is an important component of preservation and Newman provides resources for how to find cemeteries.
Sometimes cemeteries are not accessible and researchers need tools to dig and cut away vines and other invasive specimen to examine headstones.
Newman delves into the mechanics for plotting a cemetery, copying the inscriptions of the headstones, creating plats to track headstones, and photographing the stones.
Included is a sample description of a cemetery and a sample transcription of a cemetery to use as models.
Technical Leaflet #9 (1971)