There are two basic classes of records related to graveyards, transcriptions of gravestone inscriptions and Cemetery Registry Books

Transcriptions of gravestone inscriptions
Much work has been done in transcribing and publishing gravestone inscriptions. Many of the largest collections of indexed transcripts of gravestone inscriptions are now held by local Heritage Centres. Some surveys are both accurate and comprehensive, while others are sketchy. Finding out whether a particular graveyard has been surveyed and locating the gravestone transcriptions may also prove to be difficult.

The county source-lists will also give an account of locations of transcripts known in 1998. More comprehensive and up-to-date listings will be found in ancestor search.

The Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead started publishing its Journal in 1888. Over the forty-seven years of its existence between 1888 and 1934, the Journal published a huge volume of inscriptions, many of which have since been destroyed. A composite index to surnames and places for the first twenty years of publications was published in 1910; the remaining volumes have their own indexes.

The references in the county source-lists to the Irish Genealogical Research Society collection in the Genealogical Office give the number of entries recorded in each graveyard.

Cemetery Registry Books
Cemetery Registry Books are extremely informative, but unfortunately are quite rare. They are generally associated with large modern municipal cemeteries. The best is probably the Registry for Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.