Stories in Stone – New York

Doug Keister’s one of the best cemetery reference writers/photographers I’ve ever come across. Check out this fun video of interesting carvings and symbols from some of the famous cemeteries in New York; Greenwood, Woodlawn, Kensico, Sleepy Hollow, and Hartsdale Pet Cemetery.

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Sunbursts and a willow branch

Sunbursts and willow

Here’s a headstone memorializing the life of Matthew Cully (died 1813) that has a number of lovely sunburst carvings in addition to what appears to be a bent willow tree branch on the top. This headstone’s located in Milford, New York, in one of the most well-kept cemeteries I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit.

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Basic genealogical searches via Google

For those of us who don’t subscribe to, here’s a video  demonstrating some of the basic Google tools available to help narrow down your genealogical search hits from 10 billion to say, 75.

As a helpful hint, start at around the 5 minute mark if you want to avoid some of the Google sales and marketing mush.

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Sharing Saturday: A tour of Brompton Cemetery, London

It’s stormy weather times 2 over in my neck of the woods, so when I stumbled across these posts from Esteban Coll, I knew I had to share them with you.

Brompton Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries in London, and is definitely one of the places to go to see interesting carvings, headstones, and remembrances. Esteban’s done a great job in photographing some of the more unique aspects of this location. Enjoy!

Here’s the link to Taphophile Tours. Brompton Cemetery – Part 1

Here’s the link to Taphophile Tours. Brompton Cemetery – Part 2



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More funeral home matchbooks

More matchbooks

Some Friday fun – more matchbook covers from funeral homes. Thanks to BTG fan, JoAnne M for sending these along!

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Please don’t do this


Weed whackers, wire brushes, and bleach–these are three things that should never touch a headstone, regardless of how temptingly fast it might be.  Instead, take a little time research how to properly clean headstones, and you won’t regret it.  Check out this before and after photo from using a simple washing solution.


Want more information on general cleaning tips? Here’s another website detailing how to clean gravestones, monuments, and stone sculptures by Jonathan Appell. Here’s one that details what NOT to do.

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So what came first? The tree or the headstone?


All too often, volunteers come across old military headstones that are either broken, unreadable, or have become part of the local greenery. If that’s ever happened, here’s a link in the that can help answer some of the questions on how these can be replaced.



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