19 October 2007

A question on Hebrew gravestones

Grace Dobush of Family Tree Magazine asked if I'd assist in answering a question they had received. I was happy to help.

Secular and Hebrew Dates on Jewish Tombstones

Q While exploring a Jewish cemetery in Cincinnati recently I noticed much variation among the inscriptions on tombstones. Is there a particular date when families started using Gregorian dates rather than Hebrew dates on graves?

A Whether gravestones bear secular or Hebrew dates depends on a few things: historical period, location, and the family's affiliation and level of religious observance.

Learn about these and other factors, and find date conversion tools, on the Now What? blog. Scroll down to Monday, October 15, 2007. Of course, the date conversion tools include Steve Morse's helpful utility.

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