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I am primarily interested in photographing gravestones, not maintaining records. Therefore, it would be my preference that Find a Grave were a Wiki type operation, or at least that they had that option available. If you send me memorial corrections, I will most likely transfer the memorial to you. |
I try to take photos with context, as appropriate. If there are a series of related memorials together, I may try to get a wide shot of multiple graves, especially if they are related. If a memorial has names on more than one side, I'll often upload a multi-side view.
Gravestone legibility is my primary concern. I try to get detail out of the images by using lighting; sometimes I use mirrors on site to reflect light onto the stone at an oblique angle, to reveal engraving. Often I can coax extra contrast using software. I will sometimes double-check my work by using the Rhode Island Cemeteries Database online records. Often a stone which appears to be completely illegible has enough detail after sidelighting and/or software processing that I can get enough information to look them up in the cemeteries database. Voilla! An illegible stone speaks clearly.
My main interests have been the historic North Burial Ground in Providence, RI, and the Rehoboth Village Cemetery in MA. I'd say I've photographed at least half of the historic section of Rehoboth Village. I'd love to transcribe Swan Point at some point, but photography is not allowed there(!).
Of course, sometimes I make mistakes. I am glad to transfer a memorial to someone else to fix those mistakes.
If you would like to use my grave images for any non-commercial purpose, I release them to you under a creative commons non-commercial license. No further permission is required or requested. If you'd like to leave me a public "thank you," I assure you that will put a smile on my face.
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|ddjohnsonri||Question on researching Providence area burials|
I'm looking for the burials of a few Zieglers who died in Providence in the 1920s and 1930s. I don't find them in the RI historical cemetery listings, but I'm wondering how complete those listings are for instance for the North Burial Ground. Did the listings cover only "historic" sections of each cemetery, or did they include all the interments at the time of the survey? Is it worth calling the cemetery office if they are not in the historical listing?
I find these folks listed at familysearch.org but the RI death index there doesn't give burial info, and doesn't include images of the original record. I'm thinking my next options might be going to the FHL or city hall.
Do you have any suggestions that might help?
|Kathy Hughes||Tillinghast Bennett|
Hi Kickstand, Thanks for taking the pictures of my great grandparents' headstone. Good shots! Now I have to look into the spelling and one of the dates, which I wouldn't have known about without seeing the headstone.
|Susan Connelly||Nathaniel Miller|
I have added the date of birth as you requested, but interestingly, noticed in the write up of Rehoboth history that it states he was born in Swansea, Mass and yet his gravestone says he was born in Rehoboth ...
|susanjm||RE: Many Thanks|
They were in North Burial Ground.
Added by susanjm on May 08, 2013 2:44 PM
Just found a grave of one of my 3g aunts, photographed and transcribed by you. Thanks so much for it as we didn't have her exact birthdate. Also appreciate you giving permission for non-commercial use of your photos.
Added by susanjm on May 08, 2013 2:13 PM
|MissKitty||Joel and Grace Mattoon gravestones|
Thank you for the wonderful images of the gravestones of my ancestors!! I really appreciate the effort it takes to walk the grounds, photograph them and upload for all of us to see!!
|Dave Peck||Village Cemetery Peck transfers|
Thanks for the transfers. I am very busy right now but will check on these in future to see if I can add more to their relationships.
Thank you for the pictures of John Kubitza's headstone.
Added by Gordon98 on May 03, 2013 4:34 PM
THANK YOU!!! I have been searching for this marker for 2+ years. Thank you again.
|Dan Capron||RE: James Capron Request|
Done and thank you again.
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