Headstone Designs, Symbols, Cherubs, Iconography Found in Cemeteries and Their Meaning

Headstone Designs, Symbols, Cherubs, Iconography Found in Cemeteries and Their MeaningHave you ever wondered what Headstone Designs, Symbols, Cherubs & Icons mean when you’re visiting cemeteries?  Can they help you with your genealogy? In this video we’re going to explore the historic icons found in graveyards and cemeteries and talk about their meaning.

Special thanks to Eric Kozen, superintendent at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, NC for leading this tour.

U.S. Millitary Headstone Symbols Wikipedia

Oakdale Cemetery Symbols and Icons 

Friends of Oakdale Cemetery 

📚 BookStories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography” by Douglas Keister

North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 at FamilySearch.org

From a press release at FamilySearch.org and from their website…new records “Birth and delayed birth certificates and records for all counties in North Carolina for the years 1913-1922. Some documents are hard to read because of ink bleed-through, water damage, torn pages or fading ink. The records are listed by date, volume number, then certificate number. This collection includes birth certificates from all counties of North Carolina. At the beginning of each new month, delayed records are listed first, but not in alphabetical order. Microfilm of originals housed at the North Carolina State Vital Records Office, Raleigh, North Carolina.”

There are 18, 207 records added to this collection for North Carolina researchers.  You can find them for free at North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922.

Maps of the Waters of Roaring River, Wilkes County, North Carolina

Deed Map of Roaring River area Wilkes County

Original Land Grants Wilkes County North Carolina

If you’re researching family history in Wilkes County, North Carolina, be sure to check out Jason Duncan’s website.  He’s been mapping out the deeds of the Roaring River area in the northern part of Wilkes County. Be sure to scroll down to see the deed map he’s created.  Click on one of the square blocks to see this kind of view shown above.  Zooming in allows you to see the grant, file and land owner information.

Additionally, he has genealogies, articles, photographs, videos and more.

He’s done a great job here.

Civil War Records: Southern Claims Commission

Civil War Records: Southern Claims Commission
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Civil War Records – Southern Claims Commission – This “footnotes” episode on Genealogy TVs YouTube channel is about the Civil War records known as the Southern Claims Commission. This episode talks about what they are, what is in them for genealogists, and where they can be found.

This Genealogy TV program discusses the 80 questions asked of the Union soldier who was making a claim for property lost during the Civil War. Within these 80 questions can be a goldmine of information for family history.

Christine Cochran, professional genealogists, shares with us these Post Civil War records and specifics about the questions that were asked of the Southern Claim Commission applicants, including questions about the applicant’s family and about slavery. It’s the answers to these questions that can be a very valuable for genealogists researching for ancestors between 1860 to about 1880. Researchers looking for African American ancestry, should see this video.

Update to the NC Ancestry Website

Update Today 4-20-19

Today I was able to add custom county maps (similar to this one) to all of the county pages (shown in red) along with some brief county formation information referencing The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt.

Also updated were books of interest to North Carolina researchers located in the Book Nook.

Newly added videos are located on the Edgecombe, Cumberland, and Guilford county pages.

Newly added county pages, along with minor updates to many of the existing pages.  See the “NC by County” tab at the top of the page to see what counties are available, its a growing list.

As always, this website is an ongoing project and is updated as I’m able to dig out the resources.

I’m always on the look out for experts in each county willing to do a video chat about the resources in the area.  See the Edgecombe or New Hanover county pages for examples of videos I create on the county level.  Please email me at genealogytv1@gmail.com, if you’re one willing to do a video interview to help researchers understand what’s available in your county.

Be sure to check out both YouTube channels, NC Ancestry and Genealogy TV.



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