When our grandchildren were with us at Thanksgiving, I got out some of my father’s pictures, taken seventy to eighty years ago. Fortunately many of them had barns, fields, and livestock in the background, which helped me tell about our family history. The lesson for today is: Take not only pictures of faces, but also of buildings, land, animals, etc.
Roy L. Howard
Buried With His Ex-Wife
I spent two years searching for my great-grandfatherâ€™s death date; his wife died in 1903 at age fifty-six so I knew he died between 1903 and ca. 1945. I rang the local cemeteries, and because I knew the grave number and resting place of his wife (they had been separated since 1890), I asked who was in or near her grave, not expecting him to be there, but he was. So now if I have information on the grave, I find out who else might be near.
Photographing Tombstones to Share
I live in a very rural area and volunteer for an organization to do cemetery photos upon request. There are a lot of old, abandoned cemeteries around here, and whenever I have a photo request at one of them I try to spend a little extra time and get photos of surrounding tombstones. If the cemetery is small enough, I try to get pictures of all the stones. So many have been broken, buried, or are weather-worn, and I figure this is one way of preserving what is left of them. I post all the photos to the Find-A-Grave site (http://www.findagrave.com) so that anybody looking for the information has it available, for free. If the stone is hard to read, but I can pick out part of a name, I often check census records or other county information to find the name.
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