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The term taphophile means a person who loves cemeteries.[1][2] Taphophiles may photograph cemeteries and take rubbings from headstones as part of their hobby. Taphophiles may visit cemeteries to collect genealogical information, to feel the sense of history found at a particular cemetery, or to enjoy the quiet found within.

Cemetery Etiquette

Taphophiles follow cemetery etiquette. Suggested rules may include obeying cemetery posted regulations, not visiting the cemetery after dark and following local custom concerning photographing graves and mourners.[3]

Online Web Sites

Some online sources to visit include Grave Addiction and Find A Grave. Grave Addiction includes online photos of graveyards with headstones. Find A Grave is mainly used by genealogists to research family history.


  1. Stones and Bones of New England: A Guide to Unusual, Historic... Retrieved on 2010-10-10.
  2. The Taphophile's Handbook. Retrieved on 2010-10-10.
  3. Rules for Taphophiles and Tourists. Retrieved on 2010-10-10.