Generally speaking, family historians love nothing better than to explore graveyards and burial grounds in the hopes of finding that elusive family grave. Often, we make a note of any inscriptions found, and hurry away to record the data in our files. However, there is so much more to the records and monuments of death than this. On this course, we will explore a wide range of topics that can help us get the most from death records and burials/cremations. These will include:
· An overview of records, memorabilia, and ephemera relating to a death
· The development of graveyards and cemeteries, both denominational and civic
· The architecture, anthropology and design of monuments, and what they can reveal about our ancestors
· How to record what you find
· Getting the most out of what you find - using death and burial data to further your research
The course will include guided field trips to historic graveyards of interest.