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Headstones: More to them than just names and dates.

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headstonesLooking closely at the symbols on headstones can reveal much about the people buried there.

A genealogist in a cemetery is like a kid in a candy store! Often we are so excited to copy down all the names and dates on the headstones that we overlook another source of valuable information. We may not realize that the symbols on headstones hold clues to the lives of our ancestors.

Cemeteries are full of symbols that mean much more than just their decorative function. Symbols were placed on headstones for a specific purpose by family members or the deceased ancestor themselves. These symbols tell us something about the person buried there. They can represent what our ancestors valued or what message they wanted to communicate to their posterity. .

For example, an open book on a headstone can represent a bible or a person of faith. A closed book can represent a life completed. A dove can be a sign of a soul at peace, purity or devotion. Drapes can represent sorrow, mourning, death or a life ended early. It could also represent a “veil” between heaven and earth. .

These symbols are a thought provoking window into the soul of the person buried there and can lend great insight into our ancestors’ lives.

For an interesting list of grave stone symbols and their meanings, visit http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/cemeteries/gravestonesymbols.html

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Bringing family history research into focus.

 

Family history research can be a labyrinth as leads point us in one direction after another. It’s time to get focused with these helpful tips.

 

family history researchIt’s happened to all of us. We begin by researching one line, we find an intriguing piece of information and suddenly we’re off in a completely different direction. Family history research can be an intriguing maze that takes us here and there and all over the map, literally!

This method is not necessarily a productive use of our time and energy. It’s time to get focused on staying focused! Identifying research goals, developing a plan and focusing on completing one particular task can ensure that your research does not becomes unmanageable and frustration sets in.

For more information visit http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865587247/Genealogy-9-tips-to-focusing-family-history-research.html?pg=all

Looking for help with hard to find records or genealogical questions? Contact Heirlines Family History and Genealogy, breaking through family history walls for almost 40 years. We professionally identify and document ancestry and kinship relationships and verify and certify the family tree with Certified Family Trees™ and Certified Forensic Genealogy Solutions™.

We’re ready when you’re ready!  Give us a call and speak with one of our professional genealogists today.

Call toll free 1-800-570-4049 or visit us at www.heirlines.com

 

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