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Ask a Genealogist: Gravestone carvers from New Hampshire.

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Question:

I recently contacted a local historical society in New Hampshire about a gravestone carver.  They had no information available on this person.  Can you tell me a way to find out about a 19th century gravestone carver?

Answer:

I would suggest you manually search for his name in the census around the date the gravestone was carved.  Since you did not mention the company name, I would also advise searching through the census for that town.  Look at the occupation column for gravestone carver, or stone carver.  You may also wish to contact the Association for Gravestone Studies: http://www.gravestonestudies.org/  They may have heard of this company before, and save you a little research. 
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