The records of St Joseph's Cemetery in Carrickmacross are now available for free searching via Carrickmacross Workhouse website. The formal launch of this dedicated section of the website, which includes historical information, maps etc of the cemetery, will take place this afternoon at 3pm during a Community Afternoon at the Workhouse.
The majority of the 1,313 plots in the cemetery are marked by a gravestone; the earliest legible inscription dates from 1866. A record search returns plot number and location, a transcription of the full inscription, a large photograph and a description of the grave marker ie 'Limestone Celtic Cross on Large Plinth - Iron Railing'.
While this is obviously good news for researchers with ancestors from the town, family historians with connections to other parts of County Monaghan, and even across the border into County Louth and County Cavan, should also take note as records from a good number of burial grounds in the area will be joining those for St Joseph's. There's no mention of timescale but you can see the list here.