We had an eighth note put on the reverse of my great-aunt’s tombstone to symbolize her life-long interest in music.

If you encounter any iconography or image on an ancestral tombstone, make certain to determine what it symbolizes. There may be clues as to membership in a fraternal organization, religious community, ethnic background or more. Stones in non-traditional shapes may be symbolic of something as well.

There may be more clues on a stone than just what is written in words and numbers.

This page has links to common images and their meanings.



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