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kickstand (#47213883)
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Bio Photo MY PHOTOS:

Gravestone legibility is my primary concern. Occasionally I use mirrors on site to reflect light onto the stone at an oblique angle, to reveal engraving. Frequently I can coax extra contrast using software. Sometimes I double-check my work by using the Rhode Island Cemeteries Database or 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. Voilla! An illegible stone can be deciphered.

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.


Most of my photos taken in 2013 or later have GPS coordinates embedded. If you want to find the coordinates of a grave, and the memorial does not display coordinates, you can check if the image has GPS metadata. How to do this:

1) Click on the small image so you get the big image page.

2) Right-click on the image in the big image page and choose "Copy image URL"

3) Go to Jeffrey's EXIF viewer utility.

4) Paste the URL (it should end in .jpg) into the "Image URL" field on Jeffrey's site and press the button "View Image at URL". It should give you a lot of data like this example.

5) Scroll down to where it says GPS Latitude and GPS Longitude. If the image has GPS coordinates, you will see them there.


I do try to make my memorials complete. If a grave has a death year and age, but no birth year, I will calculate the birth year. This may result in a birth year that is incorrect by a year, but it gives researchers a good idea of the person's age. If time permits, I'll also research the names on online databases and link to spouses and parents if I can find them. Sometimes, to save time I'll omit month and day, and just include years.

My primary interests have been the historic cemeteries of Rehoboth, Swansea, and Providence, with excursions to Fall River and Somserset, and as far away as Maine and New York.

Of course, sometimes I make mistakes. Send me a correction by using the little "edit" button in the memorial. If your edits require more than a click, I may transfer the memorial to you.


I am interested in photography, genealogy, and history, not in maintaining databases. Therefore, I have a very liberal transfer policy. I'd be glad to transfer any memorial to anyone who is sincerely interested in taking good care of it. I don't care if you are a relative or not. The only exceptions might be family members.
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Irene Knight photo
Dear kickstand, Thank you so very much for the photo of Irene's gravestone. I really appreciate your help. Monty Williams
Added by mtw on Jan 27, 2015 2:34 PM
RE: Sent you some Knights
Thanks for the transfers.
Bill Knight
Added by williamknight57 on Jan 27, 2015 1:44 PM
K G Freed
FREED stone at Swan Point
I continue to celebrate the comfort & closure you've provided! --And now I see your very finely crafted photos for my father's parents, as well.

I lived in Providence during my Brown and RISD years, and miss it sorely. When I was first at RISD (1972), my sculpture prof took us on an expedition to Swan Point. At the time, I had no idea that my ancestors were parked there! And that they had been right there in Providence, in the late 1800s. Funny how things come around, full circle. --Providence?

I thank you again, again and again, for this gift!
Added by K G Freed on Jan 26, 2015 9:24 AM
K G Freed
FREED stone at Swan Point II
But wait -- there's MORE!! What a fine, complete memorial page you created ((..or did I??)) for my father, Dean Freed!! THANK YOU!!!
Added by K G Freed on Jan 25, 2015 8:19 PM
K G Freed
FREED stone at Swan Point
Bless you and THANK YOU, a thousand times, for this photo!! It's not so long since my parents died (2013), and I've been so-o-o-o wishing to see the stone we ordered. (I live some distance away, in the midwest).

What a nice surprise, to see this photo pop up, this evening. You have rendered an invaluable service! --And thank you for transferring it to me, as well.
Added by K G Freed on Jan 25, 2015 8:10 PM
Richard Arthur Fenner
RE: Penelope Fenner Williams FAG#29380950
Thank you very much ... nice photos
Added by Richard Arthur Fenner on Jan 24, 2015 11:18 AM
Jill Alexander
RE: Sarah Gorton-Wickes headstone
Thank you for finding Sarah Wickes' headstone for me. I appreciate it very much.
Warm regards,
Jill Metcalf-Alexander
Added by Jill Alexander on Jan 24, 2015 10:47 AM
Jim Easom
grave picture
Thank-you very much for the grave stone picture of Ellen Bartlett in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. I appreciate it.
Jim Easom
Added by Jim Easom on Jan 24, 2015 9:06 AM
Richard Arthur Fenner
Fenners at Swan Point
Thanks for the photos!
Added by Richard Arthur Fenner on Jan 23, 2015 8:38 PM
Virginia Meadowcroft
RE: Taft and King at Swan Point
Yes, please post Taft photos on the Kings' memorials. Thank you.
Added by Virginia Meadowcroft on Jan 23, 2015 9:14 AM
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