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Alysia (#46903070)
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Bio Photo I live in Troy, NY, right across from the New Mount Ida Cemetery. Myself, along with some wonderful friends and neighbors adopted this cemetery over the years to try to help clean it up. When I moved to this city six years ago I couldn't believe how much of a mess and run down it was. There was garbage everywhere, stones knocked over and brush growing so high you couldn't even tell where the markers were. Well after these years of our slow volunteer work, you can definitely tell it's a cemetery again. Even the city seems to come mow it now. Also, every spring an Earth Day clean up is held back there.

I have taken a lot of random gravestone photos in some of the cemeteries that are close to where I live here in Troy. I'm hoping it might help others out with locating their long lost family members. Most of my relatives are buried in Ulster and Duchess County NY. If you see a memorial that I have created and would like me to add more information to it, make sure you send me the note by using the edit tab, and then "suggest a correction."

My all time favorite cemetery would have to be the Coleman's Station Burying Ground, a small family cemetery located on my Grandparents farm. As I kid I loved playing around in there, trying to find ghosts (I never did). But as I got older, I really came to appreciate the history of the people that were buried there. I realized how important it was to preserve these stones that were slowly falling apart. This was the first cemetery I photographed for Find a Grave and I know it definitely started this wonderful hobby of mine. Recently a lot of restoration work was done in there, such as repairing the broken gravestones and installing a gorgeous wooden fence. Thank you so much to everyone that was involved with donating their time and money with this project.
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RE: Edits St. Mary's
Hi Alysia -

Thanks for your message. Just so you understand, in transcribing the inscription on the memorial for Patrick and Mary Vaughan Jackson, I used all caps intentionally because I wanted it to be completely true to the original. As you can see in the photo that you took of this monument, the original inscription is carved in all caps.

In text messages and emails, using all caps is considered nothing short of barbaric, but in transcribing monument inscriptions, it's important be as precise as possible in every particular, even if the result doesn't appeal to our modern taste. The goal should be to create enduring and accurate historical records of these inscriptions, not to revise them as we would write them ourselves today. This means not simply reproducing the complete verbatim wording, but also retaining "meta data" such as line breaks and letter case.

Given your impressive contribution to Find A Grave, I'm sure you're aware how quickly cemetery inscriptions can become worn and unreadable, especially with the added factor of acid rain. It's vitally important to try to create accurate records of these inscriptions while they're still readable, for not just for family members, descendants, and casual readers, but also for future historians, genealogists, anthropologists, and linguists. Something like letter case may seem too subtle a detail to be worth taking the trouble to retain, but it's one of many factors that can help scholars determine whether a cemetery monument was contemporary with the death of the person it commemorates, or erected years later.

I hope that this explanation will convince you to change my inscriptions back to uppercase.

Thanks for understanding,

P.S. The reason I chose this monument to transcribe was the line, "AND FOUR CHILDREN" which I found very poignant. I hope someone will see that and try to track them down.
Added by mariolina on Jul 03, 2015 8:37 PM

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