I encourage you to read and record headstone inscriptions – this is the information your ancestors chose to share about their loved ones.
Inscriptions often reveal a little bit more information about your ancestor’s life, as well as their death, so having a copy of the wording is vital to your genealogical research.
Did your great-grandfather belong to a club? Which ship did your ancestor arrive on? What was the name of the family’s property?
I’ve come across many headstones in rural Canterbury that provide additional information about the deceased, including:
I have close-ups or large images of all the headstones on this blog. To get a hi-res, large image of a headstone from which you can clearly read the inscription for yourself as well as examine any grave symbols, simply email me with the details and, for a small donation (PayPal or Bank Transfer), I’ll be happy to send you all the images you require by email.
And remember, as a member of the NZSG and a resident of Canterbury, New Zealand, I am able to undertake research in this country, on your behalf.