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Not all research can be done from home--sometimes you have to head into the field. Cemeteries are crucial for any genealogist's search, and this book will show you how to search for and analyze your ancestors' graves. Discover tools for locating tombstones, tips for traipsing through cemeteries, an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone icons, and practical strate ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 20th 2017 by Family Tree Books
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Maranda
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Explore the Silent City where history is alive and enlighten the path to your own heritage. Neighbors' guide is more than just a cemetery trek" how to" but is also an excellent insight into how to delve into the mystery of WHO and WHERE we came from. I have been a genealogist and cemetery adventurer for over thirty years and still managed to glen some new ideas from this guide. Internet web sites, organizational worksheets, and her own personal discoveries make this book a must for beginners and ...more
Ashley
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received this as an ARC from Netgalley.com.

First line: Cemeteries are usually viewed with reservation.

Summary: Filled with helpful tips on how to plan, research and preserve information that can be found at cemeteries. This book describes different symbols, types and information about gravestones and their meanings. It also walks the reader through websites and online tools that can help a novice or experienced genealogist on their journey of discovering their family history.

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Amy
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot and would not mind having a copy of this for myself (borrowed this from my local library)!

There are MANY different types of cemeteries in this world and this book tells you how to go about locating your ancestors' graves, recording and preserving the information for each type. There is also a chapter for finding grave sites on the internet, and much, much more!

There are checklists, copies of forms, and screenshots of information provided throughout. At the end of the book is a c
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Lori
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Journalist Joy Neighbors turns her attention to cemeteries for this title. Neighbors provides rudimentary information on abbreviations and symbols often depicted on markers. She discusses the materials from which markers are made. She provides tips to prepare for a graveyard visit and for photographing stones. These tips include cautions about ways genealogists and others tried to make stones more legible in the past and their harmfulness. She included information on Billion Graves and Find A Gr ...more
Tahlia
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
An ARC from NetGalley

The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide is a step-by-step guide on how to track down your ancestors and the best ways to do so.

It is full of vital information to get the job done – and provides a lot of facts about cemeteries and the like along the way, including the types of graveyards, common symbols and their meanings as well as the type of stone used for some and what this could signify.

As someone who is very interested in finding ancestors and learning more about cemeterie
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Alexis
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent guide for the family historian or local historian. Any one who likes to walk through cemeteries can enjoy learning more about the symbols and history of the stones they are walking past. For anyone trying to research their family history, this provides good advice for how to approach cemetery offices, or city records and offers insight into the burial practices of the United States. As a Canadian who has gone through similar adventures trying to locate cemeteries and city officials, ...more
Willy Marz Thiessam
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genealogy, archives
As a professional archivist and researcher for a quarter of a century I have never come across a book that is so comprehensive about an aspect of genealogical research. A good alternate title for this would be "Life from the Grave". Literally there is nothing outside of this book left to say about researching a graveyard for genealogical information.

This is not a dry and pedantic read either. It is an easy read with a lot of great anecdotal examples and pictures that illustrate the specific asp
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Rose
A valuable resource, The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide: How to Find, Record, and Preserve Your Ancestor's Grave, will be a must have in your field bag. Easy to reference and filled with intelligent information the guide would make a wonderful gift for the genealogist in your life. Full Disclosure: I was allowed to read a copy of this book for free as a member of NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and I was not influenced to give a positive r ...more
Kristy
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Netgalley.

This book is a great tool to use for genealogy whether you are a beginning or an expert. There are no drawn out explanations about each topic. The author is very knowledgeable and gets straight to the point. The handouts and websites will come in handy. I've been an avid genealogist for quite awhile now and this book was a great refresher course for me.
Dlmrose
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: genealogy
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Annie Garvey
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is not only great for learning about cemeteries. It's also a awesome introduction to genealogy. Neighbors includes genealogy forms and links to sites.
Jillyn
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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I'm pretty interested in cemeteries and history, so I was happy to get my hands on this book. It was a solid read- just a bit basic for my personal needs.

The book is divided into four main parts. Part One is planning your trip. It's sort of the 101 course of what you'll need to do and what you'll need to know on your expedition. Part two is researching on hallowed ground. It's how to read grave markers and tombstones, what the different symbols mean, etc. Part three is making sense of your resea
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Dana
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice guide for people interested in genealogy and tracing family history.
A very elementary guide to art.
Martha Owen
2018 book riot read harder challenge: a book of social science.
Susan Schuler
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
interesting and helpful. I can't wait to plan my next genealogy road trip.
Suzann
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This title is great for beginners. However, it may be even more valuable for the “other resources” it suggests.
Alli
3.5 stars.

A fair amount of useful and interesting info that was interspersed with specific instructions that I found to be unnecessary, like editing photos using a specific photo program that not everyone uses, or step by step instructions on how to search on a few very popular websites. I skipped those sections, making this a much shorter and less valuable read for me.
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An avowed “Tombstone Tourist,” Joy Neighbors has an avid interest in cemeteries, history, photography, and genealogy. Her first book, The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide was published in September 2017 by F&W Media. Neighbors has written the popular cemetery blog, A Grave Interest for seven years, and enjoys sharing her findings with groups and organizations interested in cemeteries and genea ...more