One way to figure out the era your ancestor was buried is to examine

the material from which the tombstone is made. If your ancestor

has a stone made of slate or common fieldstone (except wood

used by pioneer), chances are the stone dates from 1796-1830.

If the stone is flat topped hard marble, dates are about 1830-1849.

If your mystery stone is round or pointed soft marble with cursive

inscriptions, look for a date of 1845-1868.

Masonic four-sided stones began in 1850 and are still in use today.

Pylons, columns and all exotic-style monuments are usually dated

1860-1900.  Zinc monuments date from 1870-1900.

Granite, now common, came into use about 1900.


If the writing is too faded to read, use a 75 watt black light bulb in any

lamp that casts light directly on the written message. The writing will

appear miraculously.

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