Cemetery Research

Learn strategies for how to research your family history in the cemetery – from finding your ancestor's graves to interpreting headstones.
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How to Clean and Preserve Tombstones
The better preserved tombstones are, the more information they can offer genealogists. Here’s how to safely clean and preserve gravestones, as well as enhance the writing on them.
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How to Find a Grave in a Cemetery
Want to know the secrets your ancestors took to the grave? We’ll show you how to find their final resting places and decode their tombstones.
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9 Things You Can Learn About Your Ancestors From the Cemetery
Seeing the gravestone and viewing records in the cemetery office may yield ancestry information you won’t find in online. Here are nine things you can learn.
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Top 5 Cemetery Websites for Finding Your Family’s Tombstones
Cemeteries are critical genealogical resources, but they're often miles and miles from where you live. Cemetery websites can help you virtually visit.
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Online Exclusive: 7 Strategies for Success on Find A Grave
Find a Grave is home to the world’s largest collection of gravestone records. In this online exclusive article, we'll show you how to use Find a Grave to grow your family tree.
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Creating a Strategy for Historical Newspaper Research
With so many excellent online resources for historical newspaper research, how do you know where to start? Newspaper expert James M. Beidler shares how to track down the newspapers you need.
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Cemetery Research for Genealogy
Learn strategies for how to research your family history in the cemetery – from finding your ancestor's graves to interpreting headstones.
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How to Take Better Tombstone Photographs
5 Steps to Better Tombstone Photographs - Family Tree
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How to Take Better Tombstone Photographs
5 Steps to Better Tombstone Photographs - Family Tree
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Gravestone Symbols and Their Hidden Meanings
Hidden Meanings of 20 Gravestone Symbols - Family Tree
How to Rejuvenate a Gravestone with Poultices - Family Tree Magazine Home Remedies, Cleaning Solutions, Remedies, Cemeteries, Hard To Find, Ice Baths, Chest Congestion
How to Rejuvenate a Gravestone with Poultices
How to Rejuvenate a Gravestone with Poultices - Family Tree Magazine
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The Mystery Men in the Family Plot: Turning Genealogy Clues Into Answers - Family Tree
Read this tale of the Mystery Man in the Family Plot...
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Genealogy Quiz: Test Your Tombstone Research Skills
How many genealogy clues can you gather from these old gravestones? Test yourself with Family Tree Magazine's 10-question tombstone quiz.
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Genealogy Q&A: Death Records Research
Our experts weigh in on how to find the death date and place of your ancestors.
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Free Genealogy Cheat Sheet: Interesting Tombstone Symbols and Their Meanings. FamilyTreeMagazine.com
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7 Records to Look for in Cemeteries
7 Records to Look for in Cemeteries
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8 Fast Facts About Death Records
8 Fast Facts About Death Records - Family Tree Magazine
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How to Research Death Records for Genealogy
Genealogy Records Workbook: Where to Look for Death Records - Family Tree Magazine
How to Rejuvenate a Gravestone with Poultices - Family Tree Magazine
How to Rejuvenate a Gravestone with Poultices
How to Rejuvenate a Gravestone with Poultices - Family Tree Magazine
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Free Genealogy Cheat Sheet: Interesting Tombstone Symbols and Their Meanings. FamilyTreeMagazine.com
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Flickriver: Most interesting photos from Female Cemetery Statues & Images - PLEASE READ THE RULES! pool
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Grave Places
The weeping sentry of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery
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Grave Matters
Grave of Ruby Mary Williams, born 1907.
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Grave Matters
Janie Frances McNeill (1903-1905). Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida. Photos taken 17 October 2015.