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kickstand (#47213883)
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Bio Photo I am primarily interested in photographing gravestones, not maintaining records. Therefore, it would be my preference that Find a Grave were a Wiki type operation, or at least if that were available as an option. If you send me memorial corrections, it is likely that I will transfer the memorial to you. If there is some dispute about a memorial, I may transfer the memorial to member #8, Find a Grave. I don't want to be in the middle of your memorial dispute.

MY PHOTOS:

I try to take photos with context, as appropriate. If there are a series of related memorials together, I may try to get a wide shot of multiple graves, especially if they are related. If a memorial has names on more than one side, I may upload a multi-side view.

Gravestone legibility is my primary concern. Occasionally I use mirrors on site to reflect light onto the stone at an oblique angle, to reveal engraving. Frequently I can coax extra contrast using software. Sometimes I double-check my work by using the Rhode Island Cemeteries Database or Ancestry.com. Often a stone which appears to be completely illegible has enough detail after sidelighting and/or software processing that I can get enough information to look them up. Voilla! An illegible stone can be deciphered.

If you would like to use my grave images for any non-commercial purpose, I release them to you under a creative commons non-commercial license. No further permission is required or requested. If you'd like to leave me a public "thank you," I assure you that will put a smile on my face.

GPS COORDINATES:

Most of my photos taken in 2013 or later have GPS coordinates embedded. If you want to find the coordinates of a grave, and the memorial does not display coordinates, you can see if the image has GPS metadata. You can do this by:

1) Click on the small image so you get the big image page.

2) Right-click on the image in the big image page and choose "Copy image URL"

3) Go to Jeffrey's EXIF viewer utility.

4) Paste the URL (it should end in .jpg) into the "Image URL" field on Jeffrey's site and press the button "View Image at URL". It should give you a lot of data like this example.

5) Scroll down to where it says GPS Latitude and GPS Longitude. If the image has GPS coordinates, you will see them there.

MY MEMORIALS:

Despite what I said above, I do try to make my memorials complete. If a grave has a death year and age, but no birth year, I will calculate the birth year. This may result in a birth year that is incorrect by a year, but it gives researchers a good idea if this was a child or old person, or approximately who they are looking for. I'll also research the names as time permits, and link to spouses and parents if I can find them.

My primary interests have been the historic cemeteries of Rehoboth, Swansea, and Providence, with excursions to Fall River and Somserset, and as far away as Maine and New York.

Of course, sometimes I make mistakes. Send me a correction by using the little "edit" button in the memorial. Don't be surprised if I transfer the memorial to you to do the edits.
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KBrownst
Susanna Chaffee
Thank you so much for the picture of her stone!!

Added by KBrownst on Apr 05, 2014 5:20 PM
Gwen
Thanks!
Thanks very much for your willingness to share your photos. I've just added your photos of the monument for Capt Robert Abell and family to my ancestry.com family tree. Much appreciated! Gwen
Added by Gwen on Mar 28, 2014 10:08 AM
Sherman-Thomas
Jacob Sanders
Thank you for transferring the memorial of Jacob to me and thank you for all the work you do.
John
Added by Sherman-Thomas on Feb 27, 2014 8:32 AM
Glenn Russell
RE: Elsbrees etc
Thanks
Just trying to fill in some of the blanks. I appreciate your help
Added by Glenn Russell on Feb 13, 2014 8:35 AM
Dave Peck
Freelove Weaver
Thanks for the transfer.
Dave
Added by Dave Peck on Feb 11, 2014 9:00 PM
Tru Calling
RE: Swan Point Cemetery Also known as: Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Providence #3
thanks for the tip i will post it on my page so that others will know. if they go there. would you know why they are doing this?
Added by Tru Calling on Feb 04, 2014 9:34 AM
Tru Calling
Swan Point Cemetery Also known as: Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Providence #3
there are so many people that are wanting photos for this cemetery are there any one that is out there working on it. I live in Washington we got together a group of use working on the cemetery here trying to in put as many as we can. maybe you can get together with some people there if you live close by and do the same thing. we are also doing research trying to get as much info that we can about the person and grave. that's all right if you want to transfer them to use thanks for your hard work that you are doing. i know far to well it is timely.
Added by Tru Calling on Feb 03, 2014 7:48 PM
D C
Thanks for the Transfers
Thanks for the transfers of the Darrow memorials.
Best,
David
Added by D C on Jan 24, 2014 8:53 AM
MaryAnn Andersen
Peleg Peck
Thank you for the great photos of Peleg Peck, and his wife Phebe Mason Peck's gravestones. I appreciate them!
MaryAnn
Added by MaryAnn Andersen on Jan 18, 2014 10:25 PM
Francis McQuesten
36290111 Jonathan Horton
What a lovely photograph of his headstone. The colors are most attractive. Amazingly good job of capturing the engraving. Thanks so much! I'm going to use it as a photo on ancestry.com. My maiden name is Horton and Jonathan is a part of my tree. I'm sure I'll be viewing other shots of yours from the area.

Added by Francis McQuesten on Jan 09, 2014 3:05 PM
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