Picturing The Past Gravemarkers Are A Rich Source of Historical Information
Last updated 10/6/2021 at 12:27pm
Gravemarkers, also called gravestones or tombstones, can reveal much more about history than many people realize.
Most gravemarkers will have the name of the deceased (though sometimes there are only initials or titles like "wife"). Some may also have parents' names, familial relationships, indicators of military ser-vice, maiden names, membership in fraternal organizations, religion, immigrant place of origin or cause of death. Visiting a cemetery and seeing the placement of stones in relation to one another can also give clues about infant deaths not otherwise recorded, or familial rela...