Brooke Schreier Ganz

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Full-time mama, part-time web geek. :-)

I have been taking photos for FindAGrave for several years now, at multiple cemeteries. I primarily do photography at Jewish cemeteries, and primarily at ones located in the New York City metro area, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In most cases, I have no known family relationship to the people whose graves I am photographing; I'm just trying to get a record of entire sections or rows.

Also, I don't usually transcribe the photos I take; I usually just upload all the images in bulk to FindAGrave and then let their volunteer transcribers put together the memorial pages if they don't already exist. This lets me work a lot faster, but it means that sometimes the resulting transcriptions on those memorial pages can be a little wonky or wrong. (Why oh why do some people insist on transcribing things in all-caps?)

It also means that a lot of the great information that is usually contained in the Hebrew text on traditional Jewish tombstones, such as one or both of the parents' names of the deceased person, or sometimes their spouse's name, gets ignored. If you see Hebrew writing on a tombstone (or Russian, which usually has patronymics), please take the time to get every word translated. It could be the genealogical clue you've been overlooking!

Finally, if you see a memorial assigned to my name that belongs to a relative of yours, I would be happy to transfer the memorial's management to your FindAGrave account -- just ask! :-)

Full-time mama, part-time web geek. :-)

I have been taking photos for FindAGrave for several years now, at multiple cemeteries. I primarily do photography at Jewish cemeteries, and primarily at ones located in the New York City metro area, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In most cases, I have no known family relationship to the people whose graves I am photographing; I'm just trying to get a record of entire sections or rows.

Also, I don't usually transcribe the photos I take; I usually just upload all the images in bulk to FindAGrave and then let their volunteer transcribers put together the memorial pages if they don't already exist. This lets me work a lot faster, but it means that sometimes the resulting transcriptions on those memorial pages can be a little wonky or wrong. (Why oh why do some people insist on transcribing things in all-caps?)

It also means that a lot of the great information that is usually contained in the Hebrew text on traditional Jewish tombstones, such as one or both of the parents' names of the deceased person, or sometimes their spouse's name, gets ignored. If you see Hebrew writing on a tombstone (or Russian, which usually has patronymics), please take the time to get every word translated. It could be the genealogical clue you've been overlooking!

Finally, if you see a memorial assigned to my name that belongs to a relative of yours, I would be happy to transfer the memorial's management to your FindAGrave account -- just ask! :-)

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