Fall is the best time to visit an old cemetery. Gorgeous leaves, clear, crisp weather, and most importantly, NO BUGS. For those of you planning on trekking through historic cemeteries this weekend, don’t forget to bring your notebooks/tablets, cameras, comfortable clothes, and most importantly, these books.
- Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack;
- The American Resting Place by Marilyn Yalom;
- Stories in Stone: A field guide to cemetery symbolism and iconography by Douglas Keister
If you’re cramped for space and can only bring one book, I’d go with the Stories in Stone. It’s compact, relatively lightweight, and hardy enough to endure drops, bumps, or smacks.
I reviewed the books back in 2009 and still believe these three items are essential references for any genealogist or history buff looking to know more about what those symbols and carvings mean.