Irish tombstones are invaluable for research, since they often list the individual’s original hometown. Are they equally valuable for Luxembourger research?
No, for two reasons.
- In the US, Luxembourgers generally wanted to assimilate. At least within my own family, I have yet to see a tombstone that doesn’t follow the American model: name, date of birth, date of death. If you don’t have that information, it’s helpful, but it offers little else.
- In Europe, Luxembourgers have limited land. Cemeteries take up space, and graves are generally recycled after a certain point. It’s rare to still have a tombstone extent from the time our ancestors left.
So, yes, tombstones are helpful to your research, but don’t expect to see any more information than you’d get from other American sources.