|Janet Muff (#46951416)|
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Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY. |
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine and if you'll provide me with supporting documentation. I've never asked for proof of relationship before, but the tone of recent messages and the drive of some people to add as many notches to their gun belts as possible, has prompted my new "policy."
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|Brenda Runyon||Joseph Corbus|
Thank you so much for the information regarding
Joseph and Anna Corbus.
|William Roha||RE: 30 Edits Today|
There is no limit on the new-style edits.
|William Roha||RE: 30 Edits Today|
Please do contact FindAGrave and ask them to let me know if I should not submit corrections for memorials which violate their rules.
|William Roha||RE: 30 Edits today|
I am not targeting your memorials.
I am looking at memorials that have "unknown" listed for maiden name, contrary to FindAGrave rules. Does that apply to you?
Janet -- Thank you for the recent photos in the Blissville Cemetery, they are very appreciated -- Shari
Added by Shari on Mar 10, 2014 6:08 AM
|John Sloan||Vilroy Howard Find A Grave Memorial# 106129842|
Janet Thank you for taking and posting the photo on Find A Grave. There is and added bonus that his wife Eva is on his stone as well. Again thank you.
Hi Janet, I was looking through some memorials and came across your bio and would love to read your tips on gravesite photography also! It's always a challenge trying to capture an image worthy of posting depending on the elements. Also, did you get resolution from the issues noted with GerbLady and her concerns with 'uknowns' for burials? I have plenty on my memorials as the research is an on-going process. Some people just don't have enough to do with the time on their hands. Warmly, Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Added by Helen on Mar 08, 2014 5:05 AM
Thanks for the photo Janet...!
Added by Sabina on Mar 07, 2014 7:37 AM
|Jim C.||Re: Merritt & Alida Millard|
Thank you for posting the photos of the headstone for Merritt F. and Alida Millard from the Scottsville Cemetery. I appreciate all of your hard work. Thanks again.
Added by Jim C. on Mar 06, 2014 11:18 AM
|K. Hyland Smith||Cyrus and Hannah Edson|
Thanks so much for transferring these memorials to me.
I really appreciate your offer of taking a new photo of their stone. It is difficult to read.
I've never thought of using reflective light but thanks to you I will take a mirror with me when I head out to the cemeteries.
Could you give me any hints on how best to use it?
I was recently out to get better photos of my ggrandparents marker and took chalk along. An old trick but it worked wonders and is safe for the granite that had almost unreadable carving.
Thanks again and I will keep my fingers crossed that the weather gods cooperate.
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