Cemeteries and gravestones are a crucial help to family historians. The location of a grave, the stone's information, the symbols, and even the type and style of the stone are all clues and hints that inform us about our ancestor.
I recently read a phenomenal book all about cemeteries and gravestones. It is such a great resource that I must share it with you! Read on for my thoughts.
Written for genealogists by a genealogist
Cemetery and Gravestone Handbook For Genealogists & Family Historians, Review
by Kim Richardson
Gary W. Clark is an author, photo historian, and genealogist. Photography has been an enduring pastime throughout his life. As a genealogist, he researches family and historical events. Combining those skills, he has written guidebooks about analyzing photographs, photo restoration, digitizing slides and negatives, and GAR and Union Veteran research. He also wrote A Soldier's Insight Into Military Chaos and several historical books: Lessons From The Gibson Girl – Her Quest for Equality, Justice, and Love; and Cruel Irony – Triumphs and Tragedies of a Modern Woman.
The focus of this review, Clark’s Cemetery and Gravestone Handbook For Genealogists & Family Historians, is a much-needed and well-organized guide about cemeteries and gravestones. This book is a must-have for any genealogist, but it will not be found in my library. I keep the book in my car because I want it with me when I stop at cemeteries. Yes, it is that good! It is full of tips and tricks I wish I had known when I started doing cemetery work.
The Cemetery and Gravestone Handbook is an essential resource for any genealogist who ventures into cemeteries. There is nothing in the book that is not helpful.