Cimiteri e sepolture

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Cimiteri e sepolture

Postby Genetick » 26 Aug 2016, 00:46

Hi board

I have recently returned from a roadtrip from Scotland to Italy and thanks to the great assistance and advice from the folks here at IG (you all know who you are 8)), I managed to capitalise on several leads to get some great results with my research on Andreoni around Capannori and Lucca.

On my return and looking at the results from the cemetery data I collected it appears most of the markers are only just over 120 years old as the inscription on the grave markers list the birth of most of the occupants within late 19th century or early 20th century. Clearly that would suggest many older stones are located elsewhere or does it!.

My understanding of the management of Italian cemeteries and burial customs is very limited and I wish to improve it. Accordingly can anyone here recommend a good source (book, website etc) that I can learn more about the custom and practice and maybe track down where these older stones many be in time for my next visit.

Grazie in anticipo

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Postby Italysearcher » 26 Aug 2016, 12:08

There is an article on my website about Italian burial practices and cemeteries.
You were lucky to find graves as old as 120 years. It's unlikely there are any older ones elswhere. Pepole used to be buried under the floor of the church (no gravestone unless you were rich and important). Eventually these remains were removed to a cemetery constructed outside the boundaries of the town by the order of Napoleon.
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Re: Cimiteri e sepolture

Postby Genetick » 26 Aug 2016, 14:57

Hi Ann

Its a bit of a blow to find that the older markers are rare to find. The oldest ones I have recorded are 1890, 1891, 1893 and 1899 at Sommocolonia and 1899 at Badia Cantignano which unless all my ancestors were rich and famous this might be the best it gets.
Clearly (like here) there are fashions in stone and style which is really helpful in trying to determine general age of a stone where the inscription has worn away. I have noticed one significant difference between cemeteries in Scotland and those around western European countries is that grass is absent from around the graves from Eurosites. The opposite of here, where grass dominates. Do you know if there is a specific reason why there is such a contrast?

Thanks for the reply and comments. I will check out your website.

Grazie mille
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Postby Italysearcher » 26 Aug 2016, 15:12

No, I don't but where the cemetery is for fallen soldiers the grass is beautifully cared for.
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Postby Genetick » 26 Aug 2016, 17:18

Yes, I noticed this in France at Cerisy Gailly Military Cemetery. It has a very respectful attribute to european sites are regarded unlike the way the some cemeteries are cared for here.

Your website is wonderful, full of very useful information, I particularly liked the What's in a Name article

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