False Crypts: Great hiding places for the homeless

If you’ve ever visited a New Orleans cemetery, you’ve probably seen a crypt, or an above-ground tomb. False crypts, also known as chest tombs, box tombs, stonebox graves or crypts, look like an above-ground tomb, but the body is buried underground. The crypt itself usually contains an enclosed base made of stone, brick or concrete, and a top rests on that base. The top may be inscribed with information about the deceased.

Types of Tombstones

If you’re fond of strolling through cemeteries, you know that tombstones and grave markers come in a wide variety of styles and substances. Few people, however, realize that a stone can be dated simply from the material used. In fact, you can determine if a marker is a replacement, simply by understanding the composition of the stone. For instance, a granite stone marking a grave dug before 1880 is not an original marker.

How to Volunteer for National Cemetery Service

A news blurb on NBC Nightly News tonight prompted me to learn more about volunteer services at national cemeteries. The story was about a man who owned a landscaping service and who pulled together over 400 volunteers to help landscape and maintain Arlington Cemetery in a program called Renewal and Remembrance [video]. From veterans to youngsters, these folks had gathered together to plant trees, spread lime and plant flowers in honor of the servicemen who had defended this country.

What are Mound Builders?

If you ever traveled to Natchez, Missippi or East St. Louis, Illinois or even to Ashland, Kentucky, you may know about the mysterious mounds that once belonged to Native Americans called mound builders. “Mound Builder” is a general term that refers to American Indians who constructed earthen mounds for burial, residential and ceremonial purposes. Mound builders included Archaic, Woodland period and Mississippian period Pre-Columbian cultures that dated roughly from 3000 BCE to the sixteenth century CE.

Six Cemetery Safety Guidelines

Have you ever walked through a cemetery doing research? Or, perhaps you visited a cemetery with friends to imbibe a few drinks far from the public eye. Perhaps the only time you visited a cemetery was during a funeral. No matter your reason for visiting a cemetery, your safety may be a concern.

Grave Robbing – 21st-Century Style

Bond will be set today for four people arrested by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police in connection with a scheme that preyed on mourners at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois, announced Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash is alleged to have been stolen, cemetery plots double-sold or double-stacked, and numerous remains unearthed as a result of this scheme.

Historic Funeral Traditions: Native North American

Much is known today about various Native American burial customs, but the main fact that stands out is that each tribe’s customs remain different. These traditions, based upon beliefs and custom and affected by location, demands only a brief overview.

Who is Eligible for Burial in a National Cemetery?

Veterans often become confused about burial in this nation’s national cemeteries, when funeral homes and the Veterans Administration (VA) want to offer a less expensive and respectable way to honor America’s military men and women. Funeral homes often are involved in the arrangements, as the VA does not get involved in making funeral arrangements or in performing cremations.

10+ Trivial Cemetery Facts

Do you get squeamish at the thought of cemeteries? If you put cemeteries into a new light, such as one that shines from history or from downright silly trivia, you may not be so intimidating. While cemeteries hold remains of the dead, they also hold some interesting facts such as the ones listed below:

American Soldiers Buried Overseas: WWI

U.S. military men and women who died overseas during battle or through disease or accidents that occurred during wartime often were buried overseas. Soldiers who died overseas during World War I often were buried several times – a quick burial and then a more formal burial in a local cemetery and then a final burial in an American military cemetery in Europe or a cemetery in the states.