Cemetery Bookshelf

Articles To Read
An Introduction to Early American Gravestones (in PDF) from the Farber Gravestone Collection Web Site
Finding the Final Resting Place
  • Sharon DeBartolo Carmack's article based on a section of her book [with reference to an out-of-print book titled, Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery by Jackson and Vergara]. If you are looking for basic information about types of cemeteries (rural, churchyard, garden)
Rhode Island Historic Cemeteries  Database: A Look Behind the Scenes
  • Bamburg, Cherry Fletcher's Article on the Rhode Island Historic Cemeteries database.
Cemetery Conservation [video]
    Books and Pamphlets

    Eriquez,  Christine. Our History in Stone: The New England Cemetery Dictionary. 2009. Sinematrix.

    Schafer, Louis S. Tombstones of Your Ancestors. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc. 1991.

    AGS Field Guides

    Keister, Douglas. Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2004. [$16.49 Amazon]

    Books from Tombstone Tales  [Family Tree Magazine Article (July 2010) listed on Cemetery Sleuthing]
    • The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds by Marilyn Yalom (Houghton Mifflin) available as an ebook
    • Cemeteries of the U.S.: A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and Their Records by Deborah M. Burek (Gale Group)
    • Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial by Penny Colman (Henry Holt and Co.)
    • Rest in Peace: A History of American Cemeteries by Meg Greene (21st Century Books)
    • Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister (Gibbs Smith)
    • Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Betterway Books)
    Genealogy Glossary of Terms [from Family Tree Magazine]

    Last updated: 2 Oct 2012.