Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

Randy Seaver’s kicking of the new year with his column, Digging for Answers.  In this article, Randy provides some valuable resources to help answer the following question:  There is an interesting symbol and Latin words on my ancestor's gravestone - what do they mean?

As you surmise, they mean something!  But it depends on the context of the symbol and the words.  Is it a symbol that conveys a message about the deceased, or does it mean that s/he was a member of a certain group?  These symbols or emblems may be only decorative or have an explicit, or even a hidden, meaning.  The Latin words (or any lettering) may be a motto or saying of a specific group that the deceased was a member of.

There are a number of websites that have interpretations of carved symbols or designs found on the gravestone that tell a story.

Be sure to read the entire article at the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.

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