Did you know that in past centuries there was a common folklore saying that "A green winter makes a fat graveyard"?
Welcome, everyone. If you're interested in cemeteries and their history, you've come to the right place!
My name is Adam Montgomery. I'm a PhD historian who loves to explore, document, photograph, and share the history of Canadian cemeteries. Our municipal, regional, and national histories are written in these places; they are invaluable resources for understanding our past in all its guises. By learning about cemeteries we learn about ourselves, our communities, and our shared history, as well as changing morals, values, traditions, and beliefs. My aim is to raise awareness of how important these sites are, and to help uncover the stories contained within them, such as:
- cemetery symbols and their meanings
- gravestone verses, both religious and secular
- interesting people buried in Canadian cemeteries (even the lives of "common" folk can provide amazing tales)
- different gravestone styles and traditions
- the importance of cemeteries in the community
- disappearing cemeteries and the need for their preservation
You can find my cemetery activities and posts on Twitter at the right hand side of this page, or through @CaCemeteryHist .
I hope that this site becomes a hub for cemetery enthusiasts, genealogists, researchers, academics, and anyone else interested in Canadian history. Please spread the word to anyone you know that's interested in this subject, and don't hesitate to be in touch if I can be of assistance! If I can't answer your question, I'll try to direct you to specialists who can. I've also created a Resources section at the top of this site that provides a list of titles (more will be added all the time) for those interested in learning more about Canadian cemeteries, funerary/burial history, and death studies in general. We have reached a point in Canadian history where this subject, which was once taboo, is now "out in the open" and something more and more people are willing to use as a resource for learning about the past. I hope to hear from you, and that you enjoy my posts.
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