A transcription of a tombstone should only include what is on the tombstone. That’s what makes it a transcription. Any parenthetical information preferably needs to be entirely separate from the transcription itself and clearly indicated as material that is not on the stone. Brackets should be used to indicate there’s a portion you cannot read or a part of the transcription at which you are guessing. Parenthetical information may be helpful to other researchers, but only indicate something is on the stone if it actually is on the stone. ——————— Genealogy Search Tip of the Day is sponsored by GenealogyBank—search for your ancestors.
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