Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries

Many people go to cemeteries to take photographs of the headstones. Countless graves over the decades have been decorated with very unusual and ornate monuments to one’s relatives. It has always been a method to bring some remembrance of that individual and many such monuments have withstood the elements of weather and time. So this web site on Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries will offer a glimpse into some ordinary, unusual and even strange headstones.

Using the search at the top right you can place a keyword, a name or location and then selection ‘this group’ referring to the ones of headstones.. Using the given name of ‘Eliza’ produced 237 different headstones with that name. Most thumbnail images (when can then be enlarged) have when the photo was taken and the location of the cemetery. Some have transcribed what is engraved on the tombstone, which is found by clicking on the image.

Selecting a location like ‘Frederick, Maryland’ produced 82 images. Some are of individual graves, some a family group and others of the church where the cemetery is located. Placing the state of Florida produced 794 images, quite a large number for a younger state. Looking at the far west in Arizona the styles are different and this site has 694 images. Generally most of the older or more unusual markers are what are photographed.

This collection is made up of some 234,944 images of tombs, headstones, churches, cemeteries and graves.

Of course traditionally it is England and especially London when one images the unusual headstones. So at the London Cemeteries‘ there are 9,598 images to view. Not only will these be very old, but some of the most ornate monuments to be seen. Again, use the search at the top right to narrow down your selections.

Photo: A headstone in Conestoga, Lancaster, PA from 1774. Craved is: Johanes Steiner ‘Anno’ (which means year – in this case the death date) 1774. Johanes Steiner was born 1702 in Bern, Switzerland and came to America before 1720, married to Catherine Brenneman by 1720. Together they had five daughters and two sons. Johanes served as a deacon in the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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