A gravestone is a sculpture or a piece of architecture whose purpose is to preserve the memory of the deceased. As such, graveyards have been used to keep family history all across the globe for a long time. People tracking down their family tree frequently find themselves polishing gravestones in the hopeful anticipation of discovering new truths about their family history.
Gravestones are therefore excellent sources of information. Examples of data drawn from gravestones include names, places, important dates, relations, and other vital facts. Further, genealogists argue that a single gravestone can be used to reflect various elements such as the social or financial status of the deceased. An individual gravestone might only be bearing a name and year, but it can fill many other unanswered questions.
Indeed, a gravestone is more than a mark to locate a grave. It is a primary source of data, open to anyone who might be looking at them. This means that they do more than marking a resting place for the dead; they tell their stories even long after they are gone from this world.