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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. Du Bois Library

Boot Hill; historic graves of the Old West - Florin, Lambert 
Call Number: F 591 F55

Cemeteries of the U.S.: a guide to contact information for U.S. cemeteries and their records 
Call Number: Reference CS 44 C46
A 1994 volume describing more than 22,600 currently operating or inactive cemeteries in the United States and its territories, and major military cemeteries in foreign countries. Provides the cemetery's address, contact information, former names, years of operation, affiliation, records location, historical notes, and references to publications concerning that cemetery.

Cemetery readings in West Virginia. Fairmont and Grant magisterial districts, Marion County - Historical Records Survey (West Virginia) 
Call Number: F 240 H57 F3

Cities of silence: a guide to Mobile's historic cemeteries - Sledge, John S. 
Call Number: F 334 M6 S58 2002+

City of Hudson burying grounds: interments, 1829-1873 - Kelly, Arthur C.M. 
Call Number: F 129 H8 K43 1986+

Early gravestone art in Georgia and South Carolina - Combs, Diana Williams 
Call Number: NB 1856 G38 C65 1986

Elysium: a gathering of souls: New Orleans cemeteries - Clark, Sandra Russell 
Call Number: F 379 N562 A2 1997+

English churchyard memorials - Burgess, Frederick Bevan 
Call Number: NB 1860 B8

Gravestones of Acadie, and other essays on local history, genealogy and parish records of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia - Morse, William Inglis, Call Number: F 1039 A16 M88

Harrap's guide to famous London graves
- Bailey, Conrad 
Call Number: CT 775 B34 1975

Jugoslav cemetery records of San Francisco, 1849-1930
- Eterovich, Adam S., ed. 
Call Number: F 869 S39 E8+

Lay down body: living history in African American cemeteries
- Hughes Wright, Roberta 
Call Number: E 185.86 H84 1996

A Lithuanian cemetery: St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery in Chicago, Ill
Call Number: NB 1856 C5 L57

Call Number: E 159.5 M28 Volumes 6-7, 9-19
Articles in this annual scholarly journal cover all aspects of gravestone research, including gravestone art and symbolism, tombstone carvers, and cemeteries.

Palliser's memorials and headstones: together with the orders of architecture and a large number of miscellaneous designs and details for designers, cutters, carvers and the general public
Call Number: Microfilm 5890 Reel 68 No. 911

Permanent addresses: a guide to the resting places of famous Americans
- Arbeiter, Jean S. 
Call Number: CT 215 A73 1983

Pre-1855 tombstone inscriptions in Berwickshire
- Scottish Genealogy Society 
Call Number: CS 478 B4 S3 Volumes 1-2

They sleep beneath the mockingbird: Mississippi burial sites and biographies of Confederate generals
- Cross, Harold A. 
Call Number: E 487 J77 Volume 12

Wayne, Greensboro and Harrison Townships, Henry County, Indiana, cemetery records - Mayhill, R. Thomas
Call Number: F 534 W33 M3

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  • Cemeteries - Poland
  • Cemeteries - Poland - Warsaw - Guidebooks
  • Cemeteries - Yugoslavia - Split (Croatia)
  • Epitaphs - France - Paris
  • Jewish epitaphs - Germany - Soest
  • Sepulchral monuments, Jewish - Brazil