The Gravestone Index

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This file is a record of the religious and secular information found on headstones and tombstones in the United States, Canada, Britain, and Australia. The death dates on the grave markers cover the period from the early 19th century to the early 21st century. Also included is a record of carvings, statues, and other objects connected to the front or back of the grave markers.

Data File
Cases: 66,173
Variables: 47
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 20042007
Funded By
Wilbur Zelinsky
Collection Procedures
Information was collected from the front and back of grave markers using a notebook and pen.
Sampling Procedures
In the larger cemeteries, a random sampling of grave markers was selected. In the smaller cemeteries, information from all cemetery markers was recorded.
Principal Investigators
Wilbur Zelinsky, Professor Emeritus Geography, Penn State University