Written in Stone: In-Depth Study of a Gravestone

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Mar 9, 2023
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Speaker's Introduction
1m 38s
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Analyzing a Gravestone
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History of the Cemetery
3m 36s
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The Marker
11m 37s
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Types of Cemeteries
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Imagery and Epitaphs
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Case Studies
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Genealogists use gravestone information to document death information, but oftentimes, a burial marker provides more than biographical information. Gravestones, like any record, should be analyzed but to do so requires one to think beyond genealogical research. In this presentation, we will explore types of cemeteries, the anatomy of a marker, and the “hidden” information the marker provides.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Rel
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  1. BL
    Bev Leeming
    6 months ago

    Gena had great ideas on how to delve deeper into cemetery research.

  2. LC
    Lainie Cambria
    7 months ago

    Love the webinar – thanks so much! There was a question of reading the old stones inscriptions. One tip that most people don’t think of is the position of the sun. Especially for the old white stones if the sun is coming from the side the letters will pop, compared to the sun hitting straight on which will make it harder to read. And of course never having the sun at the back which creates a shadow on the words. Typically here the stones are best viewed in the morning, older stones around noon and the backs of the stones in the afternoon. I have photographed the same stone on the same day – one you can barely read and one is very clear. Hope this helps

  3. BC
    Bonnie Cosgrove
    7 months ago

    So interesting…thank you!

  4. RM
    Rosilyn Matthews
    7 months ago

    Very well presented – extremely informative on the subject of how much we can learn from Gravestones. Very helpful addition to my research.

  5. RA
    Rita Abramoski
    7 months ago

    I always like listening to Gena. Well-presented, organized, and understandable.

  6. KA
    Kathleen A Gaige
    7 months ago

    Very informative.

  7. GF
    Gloria Fuller
    7 months ago

    I learn a lot about how to read a head stone and what to look for when reading one.

  8. BJ
    Bridget Jeffery
    7 months ago

    Excellent webinar by an experienced presenter and genealogist! Appreciated the photos and analyses of gravestones.


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