Tombstone Tales
These four questions will make your ancestral grave markers and cemeteries come alive with family history.
It’s been said that dead men tell no tales. But as genealogists know, their tombstones do. A headstone can tell you names, birth and death dates, cause of death, family relationships, nicknames, religious and professional affiliations, hobbies and details of military service. The symbolic images on gravestones even give insight into our ancestors’ feelings about death.
The graveyard itself has its own story to share. A cemetery’s stones, burial plots, layout, landscape and location speak volumes about the lives of the individuals buried there.