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Please feel free to use any, and all photos I've submitted on Find-A-Grave for anything you'd like. They're your ancestors, I'm just the photographer.
I do not use any type of chemicals or chalks when I'm taking photos of headstones. I only use water to clean them, and I do not scrub them, as I do not wish to accelerate their deterioration in any way.
I do try to relay the current condition of the headstone for families. However, I do computer enhance the photos of headstones in cases where the photo itself is difficult to read, or the lighting was subpar, the photo was crooked, etc...
~~~Some additional useful info~~~
U.S. Copyright Laws:
All works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain (ie., newspaper articles,books, etc...), and can be reprinted and used in any way you'd like.
You'll need to research the laws for articles that were published from 1923-1989, as the laws are numerous. Some articles after 1923 no longer have copyright protection, and others do. Everything after 1989 is pretty much protected for 95 years after it's published.
You can find information on copyright laws
Find-A-Grave Rules vs False Find-A-Grave Rules:
Please educate yourself on the real Find-A-Grave rules. Some people make false claims about what are in the rules, or will incorrectly interpret the rules. Some people will ask you to remove something or change something claiming they're asking as per the rules, when they're not rules at all.
Memorials you create for non-relatives:
Please listen to actual relatives contacting you about a memorial when they're asking you nicely to correct erroneous information that you may have incorrectly entered on a FAG memorial, and you're in no way related to the person. I've researched my family lines for 25+ years, and have had people refuse name corrections for reasons such as "it's not spelled that way on the census." There are always official ways to check the information the person is requesting to be changed. So please, be kind to the families, they usually know best about their relatives.
That being said, the majority of people on FAG are wonderful, and it's amazing to see the amount of time and dedication the majority of people on here have.
It saddens me to see the huge number of older cemeteries in such sad states of disrepair. If some cemeteries are like that in your county, you may want to look into creating a special district called a "cemetery maintenance district." It could help provide funding for cleaning up and maintaining cemeteries that are declared a part of that district.
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