I endeavour to photograph every plot, within a Compartment (Area) when I visit a cemetery & then match detail with map locations etc. My aim is to ensure a high ratio of photos to names/plots. Photos are catalogued, and extra details added where possible for other genealogists to pick up and run with the trail. After doing genealogical research for over 40 years I fully realise what snippets of data can mean to a researcher.
I will only accept changes that are based on factual evidence. If one wants changes that contradict the headstone then evidence needs to be provided.
I am back in Australia now and so as far as the Brazilian cemetery is concerned I can no longer just pop around and rephotograph any graves. Most photos can be zoomed up for reading. Please don't insult me by taking my photos, doctoring them up to look fancy and then offer them back to me or pass them off as your own. I am happy for people to use my photos but at least acknowledge the originator.
I have yet to load a few thousand photos onto this site and when I get to them that's when I double check the headstone against the available data I had previously loaded via Excel template. There is always a time delay (about 1 month) between loading the excel file and then matching with photo - so please understand & be patient as each upload contains at a minimum a thousand entries. I do have the photos to match.
Brazil-In regard to the Gamboa cemetery I first loaded the registered burial date and then corrected it to the death date, where possible, once the photo was loaded & info reviewed. Every grave has been photographed and now loaded. The ratio of photos to burials is about 30%. In most cases in Brazil they try to bury people either same or next day so it is possible the burial date to be also the death date! For those who believe everything should be anglicised then think again, as in Brazil many names/memorial comments can be in Portuguese. If the memorial has Portuguese words then that is what goes in the submission.
Melbourne Cemetery-For the Melbourne Cemetery (Parkville) the grounds are laid out in religious compartments & follow the order Religion / Compartment (Alpha)/ Grave Number. In between the alpha notation and the grave number there is another code, being 807 (private burial or 825 (common/public burial) -this is then followed by the grave number.There are many religious burials in this cemetery that only show the religious name. I have endeavoured to ascertain their real names where possible, all from authenticated sources.
***Please note it is very common for plots to contain more burials than the number of names on a headstone, especially babies who often did not get mentioned on headstones.***
Photo Requests - if I follow up on requests it can take hours of searching to locate those plots however in the same time I can possibly take 1000 photos by mowing the rows, which eventually will sweep up the requests.
I am extremely grateful for the assistance from the MGC Office in solving many of my queries.
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