The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide E-Book

This guide features a number of resources for genealogists visiting cemeteries, providing an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone markers and practical tips for on-the-ground research. Find your ancestor’s grave and interpret the tombstone symbols with this guide to locating, recording and preserving headstones.
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Not all genealogy research can be done from home—sometimes you have to head out into the field. Cemeteries are vital sites for any genealogist’s search, and this book will walk you through all steps of searching for and analyzing ancestors’ graves, from locating tombstones using resources like FindAGrave and BillionGraves to traipsing through cemeteries across the country and using that data in your research. This comprehensive field guide features a number of resources for genealogists visiting cemeteries, providing an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone markers and practical tips for on-the-ground research. And once you’ve returned home, this guide discusses how to incorporate gravestone information into their research, as well as how to record your findings in memorial pages on FindAGrave and upload grave locations to BillionGraves.

What’s Inside

The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide eBook features:

  • Detailed step-by-step guides to finding ancestors’ cemeteries through websites like FindAGrave, plus how to record and preserve death and burial information
  • Tips and strategies for navigating cemeteries and finding individual tombstones in the field, plus an at-a-glance guide to tombstone symbols and iconography
  • Resources and techniques for discovering more death records and for incorporating information from cemeteries into genealogical research

Not all research can be done from home—sometimes you have to head into the field. Cemeteries are crucial for any genealogist’s search, and this eBook will show you how to search for and analyze your ancestors’ graves. Discover tools for locating tombstones, tips for traipsing through cemeteries, an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone icons, and practical strategies for on-the-ground research. And once you’ve 
returned home, learn how to incorporate gravestone information into your research, as well as how to upload grave locations to BillionGraves and record your findings in memorial pages on Find A Grave.

Who Should Get This eBook

You’ll love The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide if…

  • You want to take your genealogy research on the road by visiting ancestors’ burial sites
  • You need an extra hand in understanding old-style handwriting and icons on tombstones
  • You’re a “tombstone tourist” who loves walking through cemeteries and wants to apply your findings to genealogy research

What’s Inside

The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide features:

  • Detailed step-by-step guides to finding ancestors’ cemeteries using 
websites like Find A Grave, plus how to record and preserve death and 
burial information
  • Tips and strategies for navigating cemeteries and finding individual 
tombstones in the field, plus an at-a-glance guide to tombstone symbols and iconography
  • Resources and techniques for discovering other death records and 
incorporating information from cemeteries into genealogical research

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you’ll find in The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide:

  1. Notice everything that appears on a tombstone. Some markings on a headstone are obvious, but inscriptions that are subtle or vague can provide valuable insights about your ancestor’s life. Be sure to note everything that appears on tombstones, and consider alternative ways of interpreting what you see on them.
  2. Do your part to preserve tombstones. The tombstone tourist’s number-one rule is “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.” Any form of tombstone rubbing will damage stones, so only take pictures (you can always use photo-editing software to enhance your photos later) and leave complicated preservation tasks (such as repairing headstones) to professionals.
  3. Research before your trip. Knowing the ancestors whose graves you want to visit (and where they’re located in the cemetery) will help you have a much more efficient trip. Use the cemetery’s website and resources like Find A Grave and BillionGraves to locate the cemetery office and the grave(s) you want to see ahead of time.

About The Author: Joy Neighbors

As an avowed “Tombstone Tourist,” Joy Neighbors has an avid interest in cemeteries, history, photography and genealogy. She has researched and written her weekly cemetery culture blog, A Grave Interest, for over six years, and enjoys presenting what she’s learned about cemeteries and genealogy to groups and organizations around the country.

Besides cemeteries, Joy has a passion for wine. She has worked in the wine industry as a writer, winery owner, and marketing director for over 17 years. She writes a weekly wine blog called Joy’s JOY of Wine, and is also a wine judge and a regular wine columnist for several magazines.

Joy is pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at Spalding University. When she’s not out “Cemetery Hopping,” she “trods the boards” as a theatre actor and is a trained Improv comedian.

Contents of the The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide:

Introduction

Part 1: Planning Your Trip to the Cemetery

Chapter 1: Why Cemeteries?

Chapter 2: Cemetery Records Crash Course

Chapter 3: Finding Your Ancestors’ Graves

Part 2: Researching on Hallowed Ground

Chapter 4: Cemetery Research Strategies

Chapter 5: Reading Headstones

Chapter 6: Headstone Iconography Guide

Part 3: Making Sense of Your Research

Chapter 7: Next Steps

Chapter 8: Recording Cemetery Data Online

Part 4: Digging Deeper

Chapter 9: Other Records

Chapter 10: Preserving Cemeteries

Appendix A: Worksheets

Appendix B: More Resources

The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide eBook comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories.

Additional Info
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SKU R5531
Author/Speaker/Editor Joy Neighbors
File Type PDF
Product Type eBook
ISBN 13 9781440352133
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