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Peg (#47367994)
 member for 4 years, 14 days
Saving Cream, etc.
FindaGrave rules prohibit disturbing a stone in any way. Please do not recommend or use this technique.

Are there any suggestions in order to take a photo of a headstone that is hard to read?
Unless you are related to the interred on the headstone in question, DO NOT do anything to the headstone. We DO NOT recommend you do anything to the headstone to make it easier to read or easier to photograph. If it is a flat grave marker, you may be able to brush off loose dirt and debris. If the grave marker is in the shade or has little sun, it is possible to try different angles in relation to the sun or to use something simple, like a mirror or aluminum foil, to reflect sunlight onto a headstone face that is shaded and thus difficult to read in a photo. This does not in any way alter the stone itself, and one does not even need to touch the stone in order to reflect light. Harmless and effective solution for dark or shaded faces of grave markers, which improves the resulting photo.

Added by Airrow on Oct 09, 2014 8:47 AM

Shawn Barnhart-Shuman
RE: Thank you!
Wow, shaving cream and a squeegie? I've actually never done a "chalking." I have used epoxy and put some of my people back up on their stands. I'll have to keep that in mind. Sorry we couldn't find them; we felt let down. However I've never seen a cem with so many old intact graves that were illegible. Usually the vandals knock everything down!

Added by Shawn Barnhart-Shuman on Sep 13, 2014 12:02 PM

RE: Thank you!
You are welcome. It was the strangest thing. I pulled in, parked and the very first marker I looked at was Charles Knight! And his neighboring stone of Charles Beaudoen had a request as well. I got lucky.

Added by RAP on Aug 29, 2014 7:00 PM

Judy Flores-Kabelaris Eyre
RE: Charles Londau died in Canada?
Where did you send the email? I checked and couldn't find it. My email is:, or


Added by Judy Flores-Kabelaris Eyr... on Aug 27, 2014 4:03 PM

Judy Flores-Kabelaris Eyre
RE: Charles Londau died in Canada?
How do I send you the info on Charles?

Added by Judy Flores-Kabelaris Eyr... on Aug 27, 2014 12:19 PM

Judy Flores-Kabelaris Eyre
RE: Charles Londau died in Canada?
Yes, I do have a death record for Charles.

Added by Judy Flores-Kabelaris Eyr... on Aug 26, 2014 8:00 PM

Mary Benedict Grindol
RE: Steven Longdo?
Peg, Thank you for the request and for the follow up e-mail. I have already fulfilled it with the two photos I had on my computer. Don't know why I didn't post them when I took them. I don't usually wait for a request. I don't believe there were any dates on this monument.

Added by Mary Benedict Grindol on Aug 24, 2014 5:53 PM

Mary Benedict Grindol
RE: Steven Longdo?
Peg, Just answered my own questions. I took those photos in June of 2012 and I actually do have a picture (two, in fact) of Stephen Longdo's grave though in was very light and didn't photograph real well (hence, one of the pictures in a closeup). Please do put in the request but send me the e-mail so I can claim it immediately before someone else does.

Added by Mary Benedict Grindol on Aug 24, 2014 3:35 PM

Mary Benedict Grindol
RE: Steven Longdo?
I will do my best. Please put in the request ASAP because I'll be heading to Florida in another month or so. When did I write the message you are referring to and at which cemetery (?Fairview in Gaylord or Mancelona?)? Please send me a separate e-mail to (put the words "Find A Grave" in the subject head) as well as placing the request through Find A Grave.

Added by Mary Benedict Grindol on Aug 24, 2014 3:24 PM

Terry Goodwin
RE: Thank you!
You are quite welcome, glad to be of assistance.

Added by Terry Goodwin on Aug 17, 2014 3:18 PM

Haviland Heidgerd Historical Collection
RE: 101274024--
We will insert a [sic] after Emily, the paper just got her name wrong.... Thanks for pointing that out.

Added by Haviland Heidgerd Histori... on Aug 01, 2014 2:07 PM

Kurt Lau
RE: Charles Ewing Elmer (1819-1889)
Hello Peg,

I posted the photo of Charles Ewing Elmer from a book that my older brother gave many years ago called "Cumberland County and South Jersey During The Civil War" (originally entitled "Historic Days in Cumberland County, New Jersey 1855-1865") by Isaac T. Nichols (1907). It has portraits from many Civil War veterans from Cumberland County and many prominent citizens during that era. Mr. Elmer was considered one of the many leaders of public opinion for that time in Cumberland County. According to the book he was a member of the Electoral College from N.J when it came time to elect Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln for U.S. President in 1860. He may also be distantly related to me from my mother's side through the many Elmer's from Cumberland County. Thanks for the message, best regards, Kurt

Added by Kurt Lau on Jul 31, 2014 6:17 PM

Diane Branham
RE: transfer--Lull family memorials

Thank you so much for the transfers. It is greatly appreciated.


Added by Diane Branham on Jul 30, 2014 11:04 AM

John/Jackie Cassidy
Find Grave Request
I found the Cardinal Family grave at Silver Lake Cemetery in Wolverine Mich. It did not have the 2 names you asked for BUT there are spaces around it where there could be missing markers. I find that there are many missing markers in this cemetery. I can submit the family stone if you think it is the same family. I'm sure they are located at this stone.

Added by John/Jackie Cassidy on Jul 14, 2014 11:47 PM

Ken Thompson
RE: Theodore Kerkemeyer
And Florence Krejci married Harold Gillig, son of Rose Kerkemeyer... Okay, starting to get the picture now. Whole bunch more cousins that i had no knowledge of.

Added by Ken Thompson on Jun 26, 2014 8:26 AM

Ken Thompson
RE: Theodore Kerkemeyer
Thank you!! From that, was able to find Wilhelmina / Mina EVERS & family in the 1870 & 1880 census, in Putnam Co OH. Per, am a 1st cousin 3x removed of Theodore's 2nd wife, Lena Eck. Do you have any info on Theo & Mina's 2nd daughter (?Amyż) born 1886?

Added by Ken Thompson on Jun 26, 2014 6:57 AM

Bob Thomas
RE: Thanks for posting the Ryther obit
Hi Peg,

Thanks for posting that!

Not so hot here -- but I did put in the window AC last night after work and we did run it overnight.


Added by Bob Thomas on Jun 25, 2014 11:41 AM

Old Country Roots
RE: Benevolence Bancroft Maples 1789-??

It never hurts to ask! :)


Added by Old Country Roots on May 15, 2014 7:18 PM

Old Country Roots
RE: Benevolence Bancroft Maples 1789-??
Hi Peg,

Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm sorry but I can't help you with Benevolence. I also have a missing 4g grandmother. She died shortly before my family came to Plum River. Family records have her death in Kendall Co but as of yet we haven't been able to locate her. Good luck with your search.


Added by Old Country Roots on May 12, 2014 9:35 PM

RE: Carr/Starr
Cool....glad you got it figured out.

Added by RAP on Apr 27, 2014 6:36 PM

RE: Carr/Starr?
The other stones read Starr. And when I was adding pics, the memorial does read Caroline Carr Starr. So William must be related somehow to Carrie. 43806751

Added by RAP on Apr 26, 2014 8:27 PM

RE: Thanks!
You are welcome. His stone was quite moss covered. I ran to my car and got a brush and cleaned it off. BTW, William was buried by Carrie A Starr and Harry D.D. Starr. All three stones match. Looks like maybe they are related. I will be adding their photos when I'm done with the photo requests.

Added by RAP on Apr 26, 2014 7:36 PM

Stella L. Obeshaw
John Simons
I went ahead and transferred John's memorial to you. I am elderly and ill at this time and truly don't feel like re-visited this site. As long as Grandpa John has a relative to maintain his site, I'm glad to give you his site. Good luck - you are welcome to any info on my/now your memorial.

Added by Stella L. Obeshaw on Mar 09, 2014 11:03 PM

Stella L. Obeshaw
John Simons
I will have to go back thru my records to see where I got the info on John. He is a distance grandparents of my husbands. Lets work on this together and It wouldn't bother in the least to transfer him to you. Lets try and figure out first just where is he buried. I'd hate to delete him with his info until I see what you have.

Added by Stella L. Obeshaw on Mar 09, 2014 6:46 PM

L J Steuben
Ephraim Elmer
I sent my file to your Email. Maybe some day we can make the connection to Edward Elmer!

Added by L J Steuben on Jan 31, 2014 11:34 AM


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