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Re: Burial Customs in Luxembourg
Posted by: bill feller (ID *****8054) Date: September 01, 2011 at 10:57:51
In Reply to: Burial Customs in Luxembourg by John Tibor of 7314

John,
We visited Luxemburg last spring during our ancestral search. We were focused on towns south of Beyren, right near the french border(Mondorff, etc). First of all, unless you visit the American Cemetery(well groomed grass, etc) just outside of Luxemburg city, you probably won't see anything like in the US. Graves are pretty crowded, usually with slabs over them, gravel in between. So there is barely room to walk in some cems. There are exceptions.
It seems the custom in Europe(we noticed more so in germany) now is to lease a grave plot for 25 years. We presume the deceased are not preserved, but left to decay, probably in a wooden box. So after the 25 yrs, the plot can just be reused. We never asked what happens to the many large ornate stones after that time. It didn't appear that other family members were interred in the same place ---no additional names just added to them....That being said, we did find old cemeteries with quite old stones. However, there didn't appear to be any attempt to preserve or maintain stones. Many had(or used to have) plates attached. A lot of them were broken, with pieces missing or laying on the ground below. Obviously because of the age, erosion has taken its toll on reading the stones. ....We visited many cems in Lux & Lorraine region of France. We saw a lot of our family surnames on stones but didn't find any direct ancestor's graves. I still need to go thru my many photos to see if I can recognize more distant relatives' names among them. I was lucky to find a genealogist who is a 5th cousin living in the area. A large genealogy group is working on family trees and publishing books for the villages of Lorraine. I was not so lucky to find that in Luxemburg. It will probably require getting church records, which may have been transferred to the diocese archives.
I'm sure your trip will be most interesting. Good luck with finding family.
Bill Feller


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