I live in the Carytown section of Richmond, Virginia, USA. I grave the area of New Jersey to Georgia, but mostly around Virginia, looking for lost or forgotten cemeteries. And often while walking those cemeteries I'll see some neglected or damaged or sinking markers, so I tidy them up, and sometimes get more involved, then take a picture and post it, feeling like I might be their last best chance to be remembered for some future researcher. We all have the same purpose, we're all working for posterity, and I think this database has become a number-one stop for any family history researcher.
I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, Vietnam era, sea duty aboard the USS Canopus AS-34. I raised a family, but lost my wife. I made a career in newspaper production, am now retired, and enjoy gravestone photography. The absolute best way I've found to quickly get a readable gravestone photo is to redirect sunlight to create shadows in the carved surface. All it takes is a mirror.
One thing, I'd like to ask the community at large, is quit cropping photos... it makes a perfectly normal photo look a lot less attractive. Please post natural photos which gives us users the feeling of standing there.
Anyone who wants to use my photos may do so, without any restriction, so help yourself. They have been posted here for you to use, in any way you see fit. And if you want a transfer, simply ask. A very helpful tool for this website is the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page.
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