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    1. [WA-CEM] Help with Tombstones
    2. >Resent-Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 21:21:21 -0800 (PST) >X-Sender: [email protected] >X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.5 (32) >Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 00:21:34 -0500 >Old-To: [email protected] >From: Tim Stowell <[email protected]> >Subject: [TOMBPROJ] Help with Tombstones >To: [email protected] >Resent-From: [email protected] >Reply-To: [email protected] >X-Mailing-List: <[email protected]> archive/latest/476 >X-Loop: [email protected] >Resent-Sender: [email protected] >X-Envelope-To: <[email protected]> > > I got the following from another list. Hope this info. clears up some >graveyard mysteries for some of you. > >Dating Tombstones > >One way to help find the era your ancestor was buried is to examine the >material from which the tombstone is made. If your ancestor has a stone >made of slate or common fieldstone (except wood used by pioneers), chances >are >the stone dates from 1796-1830. > > * If the stone is flat-topped hard marble, dates are about 1830-1849. > > * If the "mystery" stone is round or pointed soft marble with cursive > inscriptions, look for a date of 1845-1868. > > * Masonic four-sided stones began in 1850 and are still in use today. > > * Pylons, columns and all exotic-style monuments are usually dated >1860-1900. > > * Zinc monuments date from 1870-1900. > > * Granite, now common, came into use about 1900. > > If the writing is too faded to read, use a 75 watt black light bulb in any > lamp that casts light directly on the written message. The writing will > miraculously appear. >---------------------------- >Interesting link regarding gravestones! > >http://www.gravestonestudies.org > >Gravestone Rubbings Dos and Don'ts from the Association for Gravestone >Studies > >http://www.gravestonestudies.org/faq.htm#Some >

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