Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NYC, March 2015. [Photo by Peter McDermott]

Marker revelations

The Irish Family History Forum will present “Written in Stone: In Depth Study of a Gravestone” as part of its Saturday morning program on June 15. Guest speaker Gena Philibert-Ortega will ask how closely do you examine your ancestors’ gravestones? Genealogists use gravestone information to document death information. But a burial marker often provides much more than just biographical detail. Gravestones should be analyzed, but doing so requires us to think beyond genealogical research. 

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The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Bethpage Public Library 27 Powell Ave., Bethpage, N.Y. Go to for full details.