Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make Your Own Gravestone

Calling all Genea-Musings readers -- it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, and I hope that you do, is to:

1) Think about how you want your gravestone to look. What do you want on it as a genealogist? As a child, sibling, parent, spouse, friend? Maybe some sort of witty saying?

2) Tell us about it in text, or create your own gravestone using the online services of companies like Headstones and Memorials. Remember that you have only a limited space to work with and that the bigger they are, the more costly they are.

3) Show us your stone, or what you would put on the stone, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or comment.

Here's mine:

As a genealogist, I want our names to be complete (with Linda's maiden name), and with full birth and death dates. I want a short sentimental statement about each of us, and one about both of us. I also don't want it to break the bank, or to be very ostentatious (I think an in-ground grave marker or wall inurnment works well).

I used the Headstones and Memorials site to create this in dark granite:

This was very easy to do online - you choose a format, a marker material, what you want on it, the border design, press a button and voila! you can see what you created.

Come on now, I showed you mine - now show me yours! It's not too hard, and it may save your children and grandchildren a lot of heartache!

How did I capture the image above? By taking a screenshot (using the Print Screen button on my keyboard), pasting it into a document, saving the screenshot image, and cropping the image in my photo program. Easy once you get the hang of it!


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Ours is already in place, just waiting for us... ;-)

gensearchdeb said...

Randy, great mission. I posted what mine would look like at with a link back to your posting.

Anon said...

Aww I liked the thing about adding your wife's maiden name :)

Life Goes On said...
is where you will find my thoughts on my gravestone.

William Bruce Hillman said...

Gee Randy my sons have promised me a viking funeral with a wake. I will be floating down the beautiful Thames River through London, Ontario, and upsetting the powers that be. I like it!

Chris Staats said...

I considered a serious post...but then I sat quietly for a few minutes until the feeling passed.

I would like something creative, but I'll have to work on this one

Bill West said...

I'm afraid I'll pass on this one, Randy. It's that superstitious Irish blood from my Mom's side of the family. :)

Mavis said...

Like Dr. Bill, mine is already in place. Plot and marker purchased by my mother who became a little concerned after a few of my friends died young.

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Unknown said...

lovely stone Randy, maybe I will ask Tony to help me design ours. My husband will think I lost my marbles.