Websites and Books for Researching Tombstone Symbols

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The Association for Gravestone Studies

Cemetery Studies: Cemetery Art and Symbolism

Cemetery Symbolism: A Wary Glossary

Cemetery Symbols Found in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

Cemetery Symbolism in Stone Symbols Found on Gravestones

Glossary of Victorian Cemetery Symbolism

Headstone Symbols and Meanings Understanding Cemetery Symbols, Part 1 and Part 2

Saving Graves


Early American Gravestone Art in Photographs by Francis Y. Duval (Dover Publications, out of print)

Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols, 1650-1815 by Allan L. Ludwig (Wesleyan University Press)

Gravestones of Early New England, and the Men Who Made Them, 1653-1800 by Harriette Merrifield Forbes (Pyne Press, out of print)

Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art from America’s Heartland by John Gary Brown (University Press of Kansas)

Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister (Gibbs Smith, Publisher) is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. It provides a means for this site to earn advertising fees, by advertising and linking to Amazon and affiliated website.