Cemetery Research Toolkit

Cemetery Research Toolkit

Dig up ancestral information in the graveyard with help from these resources.

Web Sites & Organizations

The Association for Gravestone Studies
 
Cemetery Junction
<www.cemeteryjunction.com>
 
Cemetery Records Online
<interment.net>

Cemetery Symbolism: A Wary Glossary
<www.alsirat.com /symbols/symbols1.html>

Cemetery Symbols
<castlescribe.hispeed.com/fam/cemeterysymbols.html>

Cemetery Symbols Found in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY
<ah.bfn.org/a/ forestl /symbols>

Find a Grave
<www.findagrave.com>

From Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Symbols
<www.prairieghosts.com/grave_symbols.html>

Glossary of Symbols and Terms for Studying Cemeteries
<www.history.org/history/teaching/glossary2.cfm>

Glossary of Victorian Cemetery Symbolism
<www.vintageviews.org/vv-tl/pages/Cem_Symbolism.htm>

• A Grave Affair
<www.a-grave-affair.com>
 
Headstone Hunter
<www.headstonehunter.com>
 
List of State Veterans Cemeteries
<www.cem.va.gov/lsvc.htm>
 
• Oldstone Enterprises
1 Deangelo Dr., Bedford, MA 01730, (781) 271-0480

Saving Graves
<www.savinggraves.com>

Tombstone Art and Symbols
 
USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
<www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery>
 

Books

Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture edited by Richard Meyer (Utah State University Press)
 
• Early American Gravestone Art in Photographs by Francis Y. Duval (Dover Publications)
 
Ethnicity and the American Cemetery edited by Richard Meyer (Bowling Green University Popular Press)
 
Grave Humor: A Photo Tour of Funny, Ironic and Ridiculous Tombstones by M.T. Coffin (Family Tree Books)

Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols, 1650-1815 by Allan L. Ludwig (Wesleyan University Press-)

Gravestones of Early New England, and the Men Who Made Them, 1653-1800 by Harriette Merrifield Forbes (Pyne Press)

The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History by David Charles Sloane (Johns Hopkins University Press)
 
Silent Cities: Cemeteries and Classrooms by Alexia J. Helsley (South Carolina Department of Archives and History)

Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art from America’s Heartland by John Gary Brown (University Press of Kansas)

Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister (Gibbs Smith, Publisher)
 
Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy by Terry G. Jordon (University of Texas Press)
 
Tombstones of Your Ancestors by Louis S. Schafer (Heritage Books)
 
Underfoot: An Everyday Guide to Exploring the American Past by David Weitzman (Encore Editions)
 
From the June 2005 Family Tree Magazine

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