SwampOphelia

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4 years 9 months 1 day
Find a Grave ID
49556449

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When I stumbled upon Find A Grave, the first person I looked up was my Grandmother, who had lived and died many states away from me. I was so excited to find that she had a listing and that her grave had been photographed along with many of my aunts and uncles!

I became a photo volunteer to help people connect with their ancestors. When I first went out to take photos, I was saddened to find that many older markers were too worn to read and that history -- and people -- were being lost.

I made it my mission to try to get readable photos of worn markers without causing further damage to the stones. I learned some flash techniques that can do wonders to bring inscriptions "back to life." I haven't been able to use this technique 100% successfully, but for some markers it's worked out very well.

One of my first and favorite markers that I used a flash with was Leah Moore McCarty Phillips; The stone was unreadable in the natural light, but I suspected that it was the stone for Leah Phillips. I tried the flash technique, and sure enough, there she was -- my Great Grandmother Leah!

On a sad note, I lost my Mother on Dec. 23, 2021. She was a wonderful Mom and a sweet woman, who loved flowers, birds, and butterflies. If you get a chance, stop by her page Lois E. Edmundson Berger; and leave a flower if you can. Flowers always made her smile.

Also, if you get a chance, stop by and leave a flower, or a mouse, or a toy for Ringo "Handsome" Berger; one of my best feline friends, who's gone way too soon. I miss you, Handsome!

When I stumbled upon Find A Grave, the first person I looked up was my Grandmother, who had lived and died many states away from me. I was so excited to find that she had a listing and that her grave had been photographed along with many of my aunts and uncles!

I became a photo volunteer to help people connect with their ancestors. When I first went out to take photos, I was saddened to find that many older markers were too worn to read and that history -- and people -- were being lost.

I made it my mission to try to get readable photos of worn markers without causing further damage to the stones. I learned some flash techniques that can do wonders to bring inscriptions "back to life." I haven't been able to use this technique 100% successfully, but for some markers it's worked out very well.

One of my first and favorite markers that I used a flash with was Leah Moore McCarty Phillips; The stone was unreadable in the natural light, but I suspected that it was the stone for Leah Phillips. I tried the flash technique, and sure enough, there she was -- my Great Grandmother Leah!

On a sad note, I lost my Mother on Dec. 23, 2021. She was a wonderful Mom and a sweet woman, who loved flowers, birds, and butterflies. If you get a chance, stop by her page Lois E. Edmundson Berger; and leave a flower if you can. Flowers always made her smile.

Also, if you get a chance, stop by and leave a flower, or a mouse, or a toy for Ringo "Handsome" Berger; one of my best feline friends, who's gone way too soon. I miss you, Handsome!

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