Monumental Inscription Index Enquiry Service
We have recorded gravestones in all of the known churchyards and chapel graveyards (not Local Authority cemeteries) within the old county of Monmouthshire, as well as a few which are situated just over the county border, although some have been recorded only up to the early 1900s.
A Master Index has been compiled by amalgamating all the indexes from the files of the graveyards which have been recorded. The Master Index contains names and references, but NOT the actual inscriptions.
Our index of persons with LESS COMMON NAMES can be searched in order to supply researchers with a printed list:
MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS INDEX (Uncommon Names)
|SURNAME||OTHER NAMES ON GRAVESTONE||CHURCHYARD OR CHAPEL GRAVEYARD|
|Addams||Thomas,Annabella Williams,028/D48.||File||28||Llanbadoc, St. Madoc’s Church||Fiche||49|
|Addams||William,Elizabeth,Mary,169/Int3.||File||169||Monmouth, St. Mary’s Church||Fiche||66|
|Addams Williams||Albert,Eleanor Mary,026/B17.||File||26||Llangybi, St. Cybi’s Church||Fiche||50|
|Addams Williams||Alfred W,100/A187.||File||100||Panteg, St. Mary’s Church||Fiche||134|
If you would like a printed list (as above) of the Index entries for any UNCOMMON SURNAME, of persons buried in any churchyard or chapel graveyard, anywhere in old Monmouthshire, write to: Mrs Nicola Thomas, 11 Rosser Street, Waunfelin, PONTYPOOL, Gwent NP4 6EA with details of the surname you are seeking, and enclosing a cheque payable to “Gwent FHS.” for the appropriate fee (£1 for members, quoting their Membership Number, £2 for non members).
Please do not send additional information, because we are only able to provide you with the names and graveyards – You will have to decide which, if any, of the entries are appropriate
We regret that we are not able to send the full inscriptions, but they are available on Fiche and some have been transferred to CD-ROM. The fiches are available form our on-line store. They are freely accessible at Gwent Archives. Unfortunately, many of the inscriptions were recorded some years ago and may not be readable in the graveyard now.
Indexes of COMMON NAMES are available on microfiche obtainable from our Sales Officer. However, you may not find them very helpful since many entries also have the same forenames, and you may not be able to judge whether a person is likely to be in your family unless you have significant additional information such as ages and locations. Our Common Name Fiche include the names:
|Harris (+Harrison & Harry)||Howells|
|James (+Jameson &Jamie)||Jenkins (+Jennings)||Jones|
|Lewis (+Lewison)||Matthews (+ Mathias)||Meredith|
|Rees (+Rhys & Rice)||Richards|
|Roberts (+Robart)||Smith (+Smyth & Smythies)||Thomas|
We regret that we are not able to send the full inscriptions. After receiving the index list, if you wish to see the full inscription of any entry you can either:
Visit the graveyard, although some of the inscriptions were recorded some years ago and may not now be readable, and some stones have been removed.
Visit the Gwent County Archives, The Works, Ebbw Vale, where copies of all our Monumental Inscriptions are freely accessible.
Buy a copy of the fiche which includes the graveyard of interest from our on line store.