Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 220 pages
Author: T. Snider
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781547047215
Other: b&w photos, further reading
Publisher: Independently Published

Graveyards don't exist merely to shelter the dead. They also nurture the living. As strange as it sounds, America's garden cemeteries were the nation's first public parks! People used to visit graveyards not just to mourn the dead, but to have a fun day in nature.

Along with this renewed appreciation for historic cemeteries, comes the realisation that we have forgotten the meaning behind many of the symbols and acronyms our ancestors left on headstones.

This book with help history buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters and other curiosity seekers gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the forgotten messages behind the symbols found on headstones.

Please note, as this is US published book, all the examples relate the symbols found on graves in the US. But many are symbols are similar right around the world. 

About the Author
1. Why Symbols Matter
2. How to Use this Book
3. The American Burial Landscape
4. Cemetery Safety & Etiquette
5. Types of American Cemeteries
6. Names, Dates & Epitaphs
7. Sticks & Stones
8. Coins, Pebbles & Seashells
9. American Headstone Styles
10. Monuments & Other Structures
11. Cemetery Architecture
12. Hands, Hearts & Body Parts
13. Saints, Angels & Other Beings
14. Plants, Flowers & Trees
15. So Many Crosses
16. Clubs, Secret Societies & Organizations
17. Common Latin Phrases
18. Miscellaneous Cemetery Symbols from A to Z 
19. If You Liked this Book
20. For Further Reading
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