Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Commemorative Motifs, Mourning Images, and Memento Mori

One of the most interesting facets to examine in a cemetery is the diverse use of funerary symbolism. Sometimes, through the use of symbols, we can understand more about the person than may be written about them on the stone face. Symbolism can reveal heavenly aspirations, occupations, familial and fraternal associations, family lineage and so on. Learning to interpret funerary symbolism may seem daunting at first, but becomes much easier when one realizes that most symbolism simply constitutes variations of general themes. Sometimes the iconography becomes so personal, however, that more research on the family or individual may give additional clues as to the true meaning of a particular symbol. for more click here

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