Column: Styles of Headstones

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Styles of Headstones

Snippet: I’ve always had a fascination with headstones. When I visit cemeteries to look for family-related graves, I keep a lookout for interesting stones that stand out. If they are unique or very old, I take pictures of them for my personal records.

Learning more about the types of headstones allows us to learn a little about the person or family buried next to them. The most common headstones across Atlantic Canada are the upright, thin, rectangular stones made of granite, marble and limestone.

An unusual headstone I stumbled upon several years ago was made of red brick. It was fashioned to resemble a fireplace, and the inscription was placed ‘inside’. It felt homey, and gave me a feeling the couple buried there had a strong sense of home and the comforts enjoyed there with family and friends around the fire.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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