Tombstone Tuesday: A Genealogist’s Dream Headstone

In searching for my own family, I visited a local cemetery in South Australia which includes quite a number of my reli’s, including many of the Hannaford clan.

After going up and down the rows photographing all that are related, and others that ‘might’ be … I found this one.

If only all headstones had this information … but then again that might make the search TOO easy, don’t you think??

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  1. Judy Webster says:

    Incredible! (I wonder how long the gold lettering will remain legible.)

  2. Michelle says:

    I think this one was definately organised by a family historian!!

  3. Brad says:

    I wish mine were like this, some of the key graves in my family have no headstone. I will remember this one and organise my own when the time come near.

  4. Carmel says:

    How lucky can you get. After Newcastle’s earthquake, the water table dropped at the cemetery and quite a few graves were damaged or flooded. I’ll make sure my headstone gives details as well.

  5. Alona Tester says:

    @Judy, yes the gold lettering most likely won’t last for ages, so great to have photographed it before it disappeared
    @Michelle, I agree with you, either the people buried, or the family members dealing with it were – fortunately
    @Brad, LOL, I’ve got strict instructions with my hubby on what is to be written on mine (many generations of course) LOL
    @Carmel, oh that’s so sad – hopefully local people/groups/societies had photographed them prior to being destroyed

  6. [...] And I could do an M post, without including a pikki of the BEST EVER (in my opinion) headstone (or to make it an M word Monumental Inscription) that I’ve ever seen. I did write about this one some time ago on my Genealogy & History News blog, under the title of  Tombstone Tuesday: A Genealogist’s Dream Headstone. [...]

  7. How to we get the tombstone industry to make this kind of information a requirement from now on! It would be great for their business and ours!

  8. Beautiful Alona… but sadly if it was located in the Payneham Cemetery, here in South Australia, it may “disappear”.

    Please see: http://blog.kyliesgenes.com/2012/04/removal-of-headstones-payneham-cemetery-south-australia/

    Or in the Karrakatta or Fremantle Cemeteries in Western Australia. It’s tragic… :-(

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