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Genealogy Q&A: Cemetery and Tombstone Research

A: Grave houses, also called a grave shelters, were common in the South, especially Appalachian areas, to protect loved ones’ graves from the elements and grave robbers. They usually resemble small houses with peaked roofs, and could be made of logs, lumber, stones or brick. Some grave houses were open sided, like the one in this Melungeon cemetery. Sometimes a single house may have sheltered more…

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Source: Family Tree Magazine.com

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