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How to use the Billion Graves Index

Gravestones alone aren’t primary sources for genealogical research, but they are a great way to overcome brick walls and to provide clues for obtaining the primary source documents. 12 more words

Research Notes

Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester, MA

A Fairy Clutches a Tiny Bouquet of Daisies to Her Chest at Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester, MA


Mount Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston, MA

A Garden Gnome, Dressed Casually in a Sweatshirt, Caught Loitering Near a Grave at Mount Vernon Cemetery in West Boylston, MA


The Phoebe Cushings

Interesting stories can be found in the cemetery. This stone is located at Cushing Cemetery in Mattapoisett.

Dedicated to the memory of Mr. Cushing’s two wives, both named Phoebe. 145 more words


Old Spencer Cemetery, Spencer, MA

An Example of a Wingless Soul Effigy Found on an 18th Century Gravestone at Old Old Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, MA


Victorian cemeteries rock: you read it here first

I love graveyards.  I probably wouldn’t mention it on a first date, but I definitely love them.  I find their combination of popular culture, social history and raw emotion utterly compelling.  690 more words


Quiet, Please

“Listen, do you want to know a secret?  Do you promise not to tell?”

– The Beatles

This past weekend I was at a local festival plying my trade and selling my art.   414 more words