Cemeteries and Graveyards

A Guide for Local and Family Historians in England and Wales

Celia Heritage

Cemeteries, graveyards and funerals are essential topics for family and local historians and they are fascinating subjects in themselves.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
30 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526702371

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 248
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Overview
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Cemeteries, graveyards and funerals are essential topics for family and local historians and they are fascinating subjects in themselves. Celia Heritage's handbook is a wide-ranging, accessible guide to them showing how to track down your ancestors’ burial places and memorials, problems you may encounter along the way, and the information you will find. She also looks at changing attitudes towards death and burial and what would have been involved for our ancestors when they buried a loved one.

Chapters concentrate on the history of death and burials, the evolution of churchyards, cemeteries and crematoria, funerals and undertakers and the records associated with each. The coverage is comprehensive, ranging from prehistoric burials and beliefs and the origin of the churchyard to ossuaries, cremation and the preservation and destruction of graves.

The way in which death and burial have been organized over the centuries is covered, as are the differences between town and country churchyards, workhouse and hospital burial grounds, and the practices of different faiths. A particularly valuable section looks at the style and symbolism of memorials and the craft of carving.

About The Author
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Celia Heritage is a popular and respected lecturer in family history, regularly called upon to speak at family history societies as well as presenting at family history conferences, the Society of Genealogists and the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS). Family history has been Celia’s passion since she was a teenager. After studying at the IHGS, she gained a distinction in the Higher Certificate in Genealogy and established her own Kent-based research company www.heritagefamilyhistory.co.uk. She also runs a very successful online family history course (The e-Course) and regularly broadcasts to the outside world in the form of webinars, podcasts and radio interviews.

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