Genealogical Information on Memorial stones

Reasons why Family History Information on Memorial stones should be saved.

There are many reasons for recording graveyards and here are a few reasons why we should all become aware, if not involved in doing this.

Genealogical Information on Memorial stones

The intricate detail often found decorating a Victorian gravestone after spalling and losing many of the engraved words; this is worth saving as it is. Later the name was filled out by reference to the Burial Register. What a shame it had not been recorded years earlier.

Photo Jill Muir

Monument showing Scroll detail

Replicated stones, often indicate that these are for members of one family. Moving these stones to different parts of the wall, for ease of mowing, loses the genealogical ties that these stones possess.

Photo Jill Muir

Photo of like stones showing a family connection

The stone below has lost its inscription, but has a replica next to it shown below. It is most probably of the same family. Note the foot stone behind the replicated stone. The inscripion of the footer of this memorial stone is hidden, but has initials of the person buried here.

Photo Jill Muir

one of two family stones - this one missing inscription

Here is the replica, standing next to the one above. In the right conditions the surname of [MATHER] can just be seen on the spalled stone above, giving us a clue as to who the person lying here once was. The Burial Register helps here too. Note the foot stone, in image below, which has initials upon it of the person buried here.

Photo Jill Muir

replica stone with the surname - MATHER