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Cemetery Research Cheat Sheet


Discover your ancestors in cemeteries with this useful download, which will show you how to research your family in cemeteries. Inside, you’ll find guides to popular tombstone symbols, step-by-steps for using tombstone databases and the top records you should be searching for in cemeteries.


Take your research into the field! This eight-page cheat sheet download will give you a crash-course lesson in how to research your ancestors in cemeteries, with key do’s and don’ts for working with tombstones. In this handy, printable guide, you’ll find:


  • Tips and strategies for researching in a cemetery, including what to pack for your trip and best practices for preserving stones
  • The top records you should be searching for in cemeteries, including tombstones, burial certificates and funeral records
  • Step-by-step guides to searching for burial sites on Find A Grave and BillionGraves
  • A tombstone symbolism guide to help you interpret headstones

The Cemetery Research Cheat Sheet contains portions of the book The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guidelearn more about the book. Once you download the Cemetery Research Cheat Sheet, you’ll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader software, to open it. Adobe Reader is available for both Mac and Windows computers.

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