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The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide: How to Find, Record, & Preserve Your Ancestors' Graves by: Joy Neighbors
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The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide: How to Find, Record, & Preserve Your Ancestors' Graves by: Joy Neighbors
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Author: Joy Neighbors
Binding: Hard Cover
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 239
Size: 5.75 x 8.75 in.

Product Code: SO-RH-2017-9781440352126-WH1

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Table of Contents

Uncover your ancestors with this guide for how to find a grave, understand tombstones and use death records and other cemetery data in your genealogy research. This book contains detailed step-by-steps for using FindAGrave and BillionsGraves, plus guides for understanding tombstone epitaphs and symbol meanings.

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 book 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 Book

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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