Cemeteries and Graveyards: A Guide for Family and Local Historians in England and Wales
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 248 pages
Author: C. Heritage
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, further reading, index
Publisher: Pen and Sword
This comprehensive and fascinating guide from genealogist and historian CELIA HERITAGE will prove indispensable for both local and family historians. A wide-ranging examination of historical and archaeological findings means that the book will also appeal to anyone with an interest in death and burial.
Celia throws light on changing social attitudes to death and burial from pre-historic times to the modern day, investigates the origins and evolution of cemeteries and graveyards, and discusses the many different types of graves and memorials as well as looking at how memorial designs have changed.
One chapter takes an in-depth look at the origins of the parish churchyard, while another looks at graveyards associated with nonconformist churches and institutions, including workhouses, asylums, hospitals and gaols.
Celia details a wide range of online and offline sources that will help locate burials and memorials, also offering vital advice regarding good research practice. There is plenty of detail about less well-known genealogy sources such as records relating to re-interment, undertakers’ and stonemasons’ records, together with better known sources such as burial registers and memorial inscriptions.
Throughout, there is a wide range of hands-on case studies which bring the subject to life and put it right into the hands of the researcher. This is far more than just genealogy, and Celia portrays this fascinating subject from the view of both historian and archaeologist.
1. A brief history of death and burial
2. The parish churchyard
3. Ex-parochial graveyards
4. Cemeteries and crematoria: the 19th century and onwards
5. Gravestones and gravesites
6. The records
7. Online records and locating burials: Pitfalls and challenges and research advice
Listing of useful websites
Appendix 1. Incised cross markers of Kent
Appendix 2. Carrying out a churchyard survey
Bibliography and further reading