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A guide to selected genealogical resources at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.


Gravestone inscriptions provide birth and death information and offer family relationship clues. The only record of an immigrant's original surname may appear on that person's headstone. However, as secondary sources, gravestone inscriptions can contain errors. Genealogical and historical societies and various individuals have transcribed and published cemetery inscriptions. The Systematic Series of Massachusetts vital records relied on information from headstones and other sources. Printed town records and histories sometimes contain epitaphs. Tombstone decorations offer insight into the deceased's economic status, occupation, religious affiliation, interests, and organizational memberships.

Selective List of Materials in the W.E.B. DuBois Library

Annual Report of the Board of Park Commission/Commissioners, Fall River, Mass. - Fall River (Mass.). Board of Park Commissioners 
Call Number: SB 483 F3 A2
1902-1904, 1906-1907, 1909, 1911-1912, 1914
Some reports include a list of the perpetual care plots.

Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its monuments and gravestones numbered and briefly described, and the inscriptions and epitaphs thereon carefully copied - Drew, Benjamin
Call Number: F 74 P8 D7 1994
                   Special Collections F 74 P8 D7 1894b

The early records of the town - Dedham (Mass.) 
Call Number: F 74 D3 D4 Volume 2
Contains "all the epitaphs in the ancient burial place in Dedham, together with the other inscriptions before 1845 in the three parish cemeteries."

Epitaphs from the old burying-ground in Cambridge - Harris, William Thaddeus 
Call Number: F 74 C1
                   Special Collections F 74 C1 H3

Epitaphs in old Bridgewater, Massachusetts - Latham, Williams 
Call Number: F 74 B7 L3 1976

Epitaphs in the old burying-ground at Deerfield, Mass - Baker, Charlotte Alice 
Call Number: Special Collections F 74 D4 B3 1924

A guide to Berkshire County Massachusetts cemeteries - Leab, Richard C. 
Call Number: F 72 B5 L42 1988

A guide to Massachusetts cemeteries - Lambert, David Allen 
Call Number: Reference F 63 L42 2002
Lists cemeteries by town or city. Provides cemetery names and locations, year of establishment or first burial, contact information for cemetery officers, and references to printed transcriptions of that cemetery's gravestones.

Inscriptions on the grave stones in the grave yards of Northampton, and of other towns in the valley of the Connecticut, as Springfield, Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield, Deerfield, & c., with brief annals of Northampton - Bridgman, Thomas 
Call Number: Special Collections F 74 N86 B8 1850

Lexington epitaphs. A copy of epitaphs in the old burying-grounds of Lexington, Massachusetts - Brown, Francis H. 
Call Number: Special Collections F 74 L67 B8 1905

The masks of orthodoxy: folk gravestone carving in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1689-1805 - Benes, Peter 
Call Number: BV 153 U6 B46

Memorials of the dead in Boston; containing an exact transcript from inscriptions, epitaphs and records on the monuments and tombstones in Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the City of Boston - Bridgman, Thomas 
Call Number: Special Collections F 73.61 C7 B8 1852

Northampton Bridge Street Cemetery 1680-1810: a stylistic analysis - Morth, Grace Ellen 
Call Number: LD 3234 M268 1971 M887

The Old Cemetery - Doten, Beryle C. 
Call Number: F 74 H18 D6
                   Microfilm 12012 Reel 22

The Old South Hadley burial ground, 1976 
Call Number: F 74 S735 O4
                   Special Collections F 74 S735 O4 1976

Prospect Hill Cemetery, St. Mary's Cemetery - Doten, Beryle C. 
Call Number: F 74 H18 D64 1984

Provincetown, Massachusetts, cemetery inscriptions - Cook, Lurana Higgins 
Call Number: F 74 P96 P76

Watertown records 
Call Number: F 74 W33 W3 Volume 2
Plan and register of burials in the Arlington Street burying ground.

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Search the Library Catalog by Subject. Examples of subject searches:

Cemeteries - Massachusetts - Charlton (Town)

Epitaphs - Massachusetts - Littleton

Sepulchral monuments - Massachusetts