I am researching my genealogy. My main surnames are Allender (Ireland), Allely (Northern Ireland), Bateman (England), Bostadtroen (Norway), Cain (Scotland), Carpenter, Crosby, DRAGE (England), Glomb, Hardy (England), Howie (Scotland), Hjelsvold (Norway), Hornburg (Germany), Ingebrigtsen (Norway), Karpicz, Kleivan (Norway), Leistad (Norway), Miles (England), Robinson (England), Sorte (Norway), Walace (Scotland) Wible. (And many more)
I am also researching my husbands family. Surnames are known as PAGE, JOHNSON, SCHMIDT, SHEPARD, SINGLETON, STOCKTON, WILMOT. Which are his main branches.
Have taken the "Headstone" vacation, and I'm now adding onto the family tree.
My branches reach from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West "By God" Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan,Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Norway, Prussia, Germany, Poland.? !
I enjoy taking photos, when I take a photo I generally take the whole family grouping. I do NOT do rubbings since it does ruin the stones. I do not disturb a stone to get a good picture. I take it in it's natural setting.
Since my work let's me travel to different states, I'm often not home in Iowa. During my days off or lay-off period I enjoy taking headstone photos.
At times it starts to get to you though. When you wander through a silent cemetery, looking at old stones, you often see cemeteries that are often in "rough" shape. The stones are not what you expect them to be. Often times I have found when searching for stones dating back from the mid 1800 to about 1920's extreme wear, fading stones, military stones with no flags or placards de-noting which service they were in.
Civil War era stones get to me the most for some reason. I've been to cemeteries with Union and Confederate soilders. It's interesting to see the difference between the grave markers.
I might be a little slow ((ok, I'm very slow)) in transferring photos to your account, but I will get to it.
I'm sorry it's taken such a long time to transfer your photos to you, but please send an email request and I'll get it done as soon as possible.