Folks, don’t forget to check in this coming week for an interview with an intrepid researcher/restorer that snagged me some great How To tips. In fact, there are so many, I’m splitting it up into two posts. Look for the first one on Tuesday and the second on Thursday.
The first will cover how to research faded or illegible names on headstones. These are hints that are so obvious, all the historians out there will probably say, “well, duh!’ And while the focus is specifically for Civil War veterans, the hints are also helpful for any kind of name search.
The second article offers hints on how to get a replacement veteran’s headstone from the VA when you don’t have the family’s permission. Nope, it’s not always easy, but it’s still do-able.
See you on Tuesday!
I’m willing to bet there are a large number of BTG readers out there who are THOROUGHLY sick of winter’s cold weather, ice, snow, dripping clothes, and even drippier noses.
I’m also willing to bet there are a significant number of you who are seriously wondering whether you’ll ever see green grass again. So in the spirit of all that’s good about flowers and cemeteries pushing up daisies in the spring, here’s a little something that will hopefully speed the arrival of warmer weather to where you live.
I’ve posted any number of photos from Highgate cemetery, but I think this video sums up quite nicely just how crowded and overgrown the place is. Yes, there are lots of footpaths winding here and there throughout the place, yes, it is quite easy to get lost if you’re not careful, and yes, there are sometimes strange people wandering around back there.
One time, I was about 20 feet into one of the minor, overgrown paths (like the one seen at 6:01 in the video) in pursuit of a particularly gorgeous angel statue, only to be interrupted by someone dressed in full goth black who seemingly emerged from out of nowhere. I probably scared him as much as he scared me but still…
Another thing to keep in mind is, unlike the videographer, you really should keep to the paths because the ground by the sites can be quite unstable. I’ve walked past several sites where I could see quite far down into the burial area.
Having said that, do be sure to check out some of the neat symbols in the video (clasped hands, flower carvings, the book at minute 8:15, etc.)
I stumbled across this video that just shouted out for sharing with you all. You will NOT believe some of the carvings that are out there.
Possibly the saddest headstones to see are the ones for children. Before vaccines, life could be pretty darn difficult for children. If it wasn’t measles, scarlet fever or polio, it was typhoid or diphtheria.
Often, lambs were used to signify a young life cut short.
And finally, weighing in at the #1 spot for 2014:
The Nation’s Longest Graveyard