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Hi, I'm a retired Army medic and photography enthusiast. Cemeteries have always been a passion of mine. I've found them to be beautiful and peaceful. I discovered six generations of my paternal side on F.A.G. The person who took the photos and added the memorials was very helpful and I decided to give back by doing something I already loved.|
If I've added someone that is not my relative, I'll happily update or transfer the memorial over to you. I do this to honor the deceased and their families.
Feel free to use my photos for genealogy research. There's no need to ask permission.
PLEASE use the edit button if you have additional information to add to a memorial. If you believe an error has been made also use the edit to suggest a correction. **Include reference source or proof for information to be corrected or added. Edits will be verified before changes will be made.
DO NOT move your previously created Unknown Burial or Memorial from an incorrect cemetery into the correct cemetery based on my correctly created memorial. Then demand I delete my memorial which then becomes a duplicate. I will not delete my correctly created memorial and I will take it to the Admins. Find A Grave states a duplicate memorial with a correct known burial location will always be preferred over an unknown burial location.
Do not ask me to remove my photos requested that were taken of the correct person in the correct cemetery just because they don't match your write up. I had a person who had enough brass to ask me to remove my photos of a Civil War Soldier's stone. The stone had the person’s name and U.S.C.T. (United States Colored Troops.) He wanted me to remove my photo because his long write up was for a white soldier he just ASSumed was buried there. He’d apparently used Ancestry and ignored the very obvious fact it was a different soldier. He wanted his write up applied to that memorial in that National Cemetery and my photo removed so he could pretend it was someone else. There was only one person in that cemetery by that name and it was a VA issued memorial. I easily found the information for that soldier, practically tripped over it on Ancestry. I refuse to alter any memorial to suit someone’s personal gain. He essentially wanted to rob that soldier’s descendants of a memorial. I contacted the Admins and the memorial was corrected.
If you do volunteer photography PLEASE go to the Community Forums and read how to photograph a headstone. Brush it off with a soft brush. No one wants to see their loved one’s stone covered in leaves, grass, dirt or bird crap. Don't stand above it and shoot downward, try and get down to eye level, (exception being horizontal in ground stones.) I'm disabled and use a plastic cat litter bucket as a stool. It doubles as a gardening, light cleaning, pen/paper and foiling instruments storage container. Look up, "foiling a headstone." It has some amazing results.
Essentially try and take a photo that is legible. If the person's loved ones can't read it, what is the purpose? Make sure your photos don't come out thumbnail size when added to the memorial. Again, if it can't be or read, what's the point? It's just a lump of stone. The exception are stones that are very worn from age. The fix for that. If you don’t want to try foiling, simply carry a piece of paper and a pen. Write down the information then take a photo of the paper after the headstone photo. That way you can add a transcription to the memorial. Also, please write down any inscription on the bottom of the stone, it’s the part that begins to wear away first. Many times, the cursive doesn't show up well in photos. I see so many beautiful old stones with cursive inscriptions on the bottom that you can't read.
If you’re going to photograph a stone, you should make sure you have all of the information on it. I can't count the number of times I've gotten requests for re-shoots because of the above issues. It really ticks me off when someone is obviously just "mowing the rows." That's fine as long as you get all the information from the stone. Then either add it in your photo caption or preferably, through an edit. If you’re just doing it to get numbers and aren't getting legible, quality photos then I suggest you find a different hobby. Find A Grave Memorials are here to honor the dead and help people connect with their roots. It isn't a numbers game to inflate your ego.
End Photo Soapbox
I borrowed this quote from a F.A.G'r in North Carolina. It really puts things in perspective.
"If you wonder about your 'roots' you have two parents, four grandparents eight great-grandparents and 16 great-great-grandparents, and by the time you go back 10 generations 300 years or so- you had 1,024 people from whom you are directly descended." --Mady Castro
No one should fade from memory just because their headstone does. Gravestones fade and disappear. A photograph can last forever.
Everyone deserves a flower¸.•*` Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
"Take only photos, leave only footprints..."
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|Alton NH Historical Society||Levi Downs|
Thank you EmLynn very much for Levi's headstone photo, especially the long shot. Great photography! He was born here in Manchester, NH in 1827, enlisted in the 11th NH Reg. and credited to Alton. One of many that didn't make it home. Have a great day....Marty
|Alton NH Historical Society||William H Atcherson|
Thank you EmLynn very much for William's headstone photo, especially the long shot. Great photography! He was born in Arlington, MD in 1831 and credited to Alton, NH. One of many that didn't make it home. Have a great day....Marty
|Eddie Lawrence||Thanks for the photo|
Thanks for taking the photo of Soon Nam Leach's headstone.
|Perry Brantley||Alfred Drake|
Thank-you for the outstanding pic...!
|Perry Brantley||Alfred Drake|
Thank-you for the outstanding pic...!
Thank you very much for taking these photo EmLynn - it is very much appreciated.
Added by CPF on Mar 24, 2017 4:26 PM
|Karen ||Edward Paul Larimore Jr|
Thank you so very much for obtaining his tombstone photo for us. We really do appreciate it.
Added by Karen on Mar 24, 2017 12:12 PM
|Doris Day||Sidney Royse|
Thank you so very much for the picture. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your service to our country.
|Patricia Jett||Jame Morton Dailey|
Thank you very much for taking this photo - very much appreciated. THANKS!!
|KathyL||re: Luther Couch|
Thank you for attempt of photo for Luther Couch memorial# 2964978. As suspected, it appears he is indeed buried at a cemetery sharing stone with wife who passed later. True memorial should be 172271722. I will follow with edits and write Find A Grave about the VA listing.
Your dedication to Find A Grave is very much appreciated!
Added by KathyL on Mar 19, 2017 12:36 PM
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