Basic Reference Work:

This is the definitive study of gravestones and stonecutters in this region and in this period. It should become a standard reference for both specialists and non-specialists.

Schools in the region can utilize this source for instructing their students in local history. The searchability and sortability of the CD and flash drive will allow any interested party (resident or tourist) to print out a list of sample gravestones for most of the 1300 burial grounds in the 22,000+ database. Even 6th-8th graders could survey these cemeteries and identify similar stones carved by the same men. And the book would provide biographies of these stonecutters.