Family history is etched in tombstones


When conducting a genealogical study, a visit to the graveyard should be included in the study plan, if possible. It takes a few more minutes to walk through the cemetery and see the design and architecture of the tombstones. They range from plain to very elaborate stones. The older the stone, the more likely it is to have some decoration engraved on it.

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Different regions of the country and different historical periods show how the symbol has changed. Puritans regarded death as part of their daily lives. Harriet Merrifield Forbes, author of “Early New England Cemeteries and the Men Who Made them, 1653-1800,” wrote the winged death head (winged skull or skull) in the tombs of New England settlers. And the bones of the cross) was one of the earliest forms of cemetery art in England.


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