Cemetery Research Toolkit

By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Premium

Web Sites & Organizations

The Association for Gravestone Studies
Cemetery Junction
Cemetery Records Online

Cemetery Symbolism: A Wary Glossary
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Cemetery Symbols

Cemetery Symbols Found in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY
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Find a Grave

From Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Symbols

Glossary of Symbols and Terms for Studying Cemeteries

Glossary of Victorian Cemetery Symbolism

• A Grave Affair
Headstone Hunter
List of State Veterans Cemeteries
• Oldstone Enterprises
1 Deangelo Dr., Bedford, MA 01730, (781) 271-0480

Saving Graves

Tombstone Art and Symbols
USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project


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