Frequently Asked Questions about the Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols Blog/Website
How can I find the cemetery where my relative, friend or ancestor is buried?
Two good sources are death certificates and newspaper obituaries (or death notices) as these will sometimes (but not always) tell you where the person is buried. Some cemeteries also have online burial databases where you can search for a burial by name. This directory may be helpful in your search for cemeteries, obituaries and death certificates…
What kind of camera do you use to take the pictures here?
Most of the pictures were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 digital camera (point and shoot) and a Nikon D80 digital SLR. Some of the angel photographs were taken with a Pentax ME-Super, which is a 35mm film camera.
Where do you get the information about the meaning of each symbol?
I use Douglas Keister’s excellent book, Stories in Stone – A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, as a reference. I also sometimes use Wikipedia. Many of the societies like Freemasons, Shriners, Elks, Rebekahs, etc. still exist, and they often have websites with history sections that are very helpful.
Is this a blog?
I’m using the free version of the blog software and web host called WordPress, but I don’t really consider this a blog. It’s more of a website with blog-like qualities. But you can call it a blog if you want. I chose WordPress because it’s fairly easy to use and has categories. I think it’s easier to find things here by using the categories – see the “sidebar” on the right side. I also like the way the blog format allows people to receive updates via email or through a feed reader. Click the “subscribe” tab at the top if you’re interested in receiving updates.
How can I contact you?
Click on the “about” tab at the top of this page for contact info.