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Tombstone Transcriptions << Cemetery Records <<

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Tombstone Transcriptions Guide

Cemetery Records-
Tombstone Transcriptions
What's In Them
Where to Find Them
How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Years of birth and/or death


  • May also include:
  • Full name, including maiden name for women
  • Full dates of birth and/or death
  • Relationship Clues ("Beloved wife of...)
  • Birthplace
  • Age at death
  • Inscription (e.g., poem, Bible quote) providing insight into the ancestor or those left behind
  • Information about military service, such as unit
  • Logo of organization deceased belonged to (ethnic, religious, military, etc.)
  • Cause of death
  • Marriage date (rare)
  • Through a visit to the cemetery

    Compiled sources: Check with local genealogical and historical libraries and societies and specialized libraries (E.G., DAR)

    General online compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog: http://www.familysearch.org/ search/searchcatalog.asp

    Online transcription projects
    Online transcription photobases

  • To find dates of life events to further research
  • To find names of family members, neighbors and others who are buried in the same plot and are therefore likely connected to your ancestor
  • To find a woman's maiden name
  • To learn of organizations to which your ancestor belonged
  • To find cause of death
  • To learn about military service
  • To gain insight into the personality of your ancestor
  • To get a sense of the economic standing of the family
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Family Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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