IRGS meeting and speaker: Cemetery Symbols and Representations

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The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Angelina Hoschouer as the program speaker at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.  The program will start at 11:00 am followed by a brief business meeting. The meeting is FREE and open to the public. This meeting is virtual and pre-registration is required.  Please visit our website, www.irgs.org in advance of the event to obtain a link and for complimentary registration for the webinar.

Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the meanings of the designs carved on old gravestones? Thousands of different religious and secular symbols and emblems have adorned tombstones through the ages, indicating attitudes towards death and the hereafter, membership in a fraternal or social organization, or an individual’s trade, occupation or even ethnic identity.  It is not always easy to determine the meaning of many of these tombstone symbols.  We were not present when these symbols were carved into the stone and cannot claim to know our ancestors’ intentions. 

Angie Hoschouer is the Manager of Development and Marketing at Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio.  She has an extensive background in genealogical research and has traced her biological family back to the 1700s in Ireland.  She is founding member and current President of the Randolph Twp. Historical Society, a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society with status as a First Family of Ohio, First Family of Greene County and a memnber of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.                     

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