Inscriptions are revealing

Did you click on a headstone image?
We only have small images on this blog.

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:

* Occupation
* Cause of death
* The name of their property
* Country of origin
* The name of the ship they arrived on
* Maiden name of wife
* Military service numbers and divisions and if buried abroad
* Whether first or second spouse
* Clubs / societies they were associated with

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.


One thought on “Inscriptions are revealing

  1. I am looking for details of John & Sarah Kelly M 1880 both in their 40’s they had a daughter Lucy born 1887, my husbands grandmother, she married in NZ then migrated to Vic. I know nothing of her family in NZ.

    Posted by Helen | January 6, 2016, 1:07 pm

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