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12-09-2010, 8:17 AM
I have been researching my family history for some years now and it is only recently I wondered if stone masons who carved the inscription on a headstone kept records of their work. If an inscription has weathered and was not noted elsewhere it is possible a record may exist in the records of the original stone mason if they have survived.
Has anybody ever investigated this line of inquiry?
13-09-2010, 9:11 AM
I would imagine that the number of extant stone mason's records can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
What is worth searching out is published MIs - some of these lists are surprisingly old and were collected when the stones were much more legible than they are today. For one of the parishes in my own tree, I came across some MIs which were collected about a century ago and contain much more useful data than could be found today.
14-09-2010, 7:17 AM
Thanks for the info. I have also used MI's quite extensively. I admit my suggestion was a bit of a shot in the dark but you never know!
14-09-2010, 11:13 AM
Pardon my ignorance but what is an "MI"?
(blushes in shame)
14-09-2010, 11:26 AM
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