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Blog Tour — Understanding Cemetery Symbols

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A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards

(Messages from the Dead)



Genre: History / Landmarks & Monuments / Iconography

Publisher: Castle Azle Press

Date of Publication: August 19, 2017

Number of Pages: 250

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider helps history buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters, and other curiosity seekers decode the forgotten meanings of the symbols our ancestors placed on their headstones. By understanding the meaning behind the architecture, acronyms, & symbols found in America’s burial grounds, readers will gain a deeper appreciation for these “messages from the dead.”


Praise for Understanding Cemetery Symbols:

“When I ordered this book I thought it would be good for information concerning cemetery symbolism. I was wrong. It is GREAT!!!! This has already become my go to guide for all types of cemetery information. By far the best book I have come across!”  – Amazon verified purchase, wearylibrarian

“Wow! What a great book! I got bit by the bug doing genealogy research. I always wondered what the symbols meant and could not find a reliable resource for the info. With Ms. Snider’s book along with the symbiology and great pictures, also a creative process of Tui’s, are plenty of interesting tidbits! Useful and entertaining! The book is small enough to keep in the glove box or your handbag or backpack!!” – Amazon verified purchase, Rev. Joy Daley

“I always enjoyed walking through a cemetery and looking at the stones. Now it will give it a much deeper meaning. I really enjoyed reading this book!”  – Amazon verified purchase, Deborah D.

“Perfect book to get an idea for symbols and meaning. Only glanced through it and already picked up a few facts! Welcome addition to our growing library…” – Amazon verified purchase, Toripotterfan


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Historic Cemetery Symbols: What Do Oak Leaves & Acorns Mean?

Guest Post by Tui Snider

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Oaks – America’s National Tree

Oak leaves and acorns adorn many tombstones in historic cemeteries in the USA, but even today, oak trees are appreciated and admired for their many special qualities. Not only were they voted America’s favorite tree, but in 2004, the U.S. Congress signed a bill making the Oak America’s National Tree.

Why are oak trees so special to Americans?

For one thing, the oak is the most widespread hardwood tree in the USA, with over 60 different species growing throughout the nation.

Specific oak trees have played major roles in pivotal parts of United States history. On his way to the Battle of New Orleans, for instance, Andrew Jackson camped out beneath Louisiana’s Sunnybrook Oaks.

Here in Texas, we have the Turner Oak, which is not only a Bicentennial Tree, but played a major role in the founding of Fort Worth thanks to some gold buried beneath it! (More info and photos of it here: Famous Texas Tree – The Turner Oak.) The United States Armed Forces even uses oak leaf clusters to denote acts of valor.

Oak Tree & Acorn Symbolism

Let’s take a look at the symbolic meanings that oak trees and acorns convey: Although oak trees are slow growing, many species can live for centuries. Its seed, the acorn, is easily recognizable and symbolizes how greatness may arises from humble beginnings. The fact that oak trees matures slowly is a symbolic reminder that great strength and power can be achieved through patience and faith.

So, in a nut shell (pardon the pun!) acorns and oak trees symbolize: longevity, humble beginnings, patience, faith, power, endurance, and strength.

That’s a whole lot of meaning packed into a leaf and seed, isn’t it? But that’s what makes symbols so powerful. Symbols are visual shorthand for ideas and emotions. That’s why they work so well on headstones.


Tui-head-shotTui Snider is an award-winning writer, speaker, photographer, and musician specializing in quirky travel, overlooked history, cemetery symbolism, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction, but then I moved to Texas!”

Tui lectures frequently at universities, libraries, conferences and bookstores. Her best-selling books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, Unexpected Texas, and Understanding Cemetery Symbols. She recently taught classes based on her books at Texas Christian University.

When not writing books, you can find Tui exploring the historic graveyards and backroads of Texas with her husband, Larry. 




Grand Prize: Signed Copies of Understanding Cemetery Symbols + wGraveyard Journal Workbook + Ghost Hunters Journal 

2nd & 3rd Prizes: Signed Copies of Understanding Cemetery Symbols

October 18-October 27, 2017

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