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17 March 2015

Tombstone Tales

Just about anything can appear on a tombstone--not just the dates of birth and death. Some immigrants had their place of birth inscribed on their tombstone and others may have included military service information. Any information on a stone should be compared to other sources, but never assume that the "stone won't tell me anything I don't already know."


  1. also make a stone rubbing and a photo of the stone as well..date. location and area of the cemetery if you can draw a map..

    1. Rubbings are illegal in some locations. Also NEVER do a rubbing on an older tombstone with any fragility, such as 18th century sandstone ones. Just as you shouldn't try to scrub them or use chalk or shaving cream to highlight the inscription.