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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.


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 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.


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.


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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RE: Flight 93
Thank you so much. I added her to my virtual cemetery. Not sure how you found me but it was really appreciated. Scott J. Stiever
Added by Scooters34 on Oct 12, 2014 8:50 PM
Don Blauvelt
Judith (Cooper) Robinson
For your reading enjoyment.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 23, 2014 1:49 PM
Don Blauvelt
Judith (Cooper) Robinson
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 23, 2014 1:07 PM
Frank K.
RE: Röthlein cemetery
Thank you very much - confusion arose because the cemetery was established using the wrong name
Added by Frank K. on Sep 07, 2014 8:43 PM
Allison Clausen
Martha Read Walker Gravestone in Newman Cemetery, East Providence RI
Thank you for this and all your great photos. I recognize your attention to detail in capturing the information from these older stones which are indeed more difficult to read (and with the climate as it is, becoming more difficult as time goes by). I appreciate the extra effort you have taken to get clear images of them as I have spent much time and frustration trying to decipher other more obscure photos where I know the information may be there but is just out of the range of certainty. Thank you as well for allowing your photos to be appropriately shared and I am glad to credit you for them in my family tree. Keep up the good work. - Allison
Added by Allison Clausen on Sep 05, 2014 10:33 PM
L Evans
Grove Street
I am so encouraged that they did that :)
I was noticing last night names that were transferred while I was working the Pope family line. Thank you for telling me & the transfers.

There seems to a lot of people who either have no stones or it really needs a volunteer photographer. I live in Florida, and don't think I will make it there any time in the near future.
Thank You Again & Many Blessings to You & Yours,
Added by L Evans on Jul 17, 2014 7:40 AM
michael gavin
RE: Francis Thompson Bliss
Thanks for all the great photos you've got on here they're great Thanks Michael
Added by michael gavin on Jul 16, 2014 10:13 PM
michael gavin
Francis Thompson Bliss
I have added Village Cemetery
Bristol County
Record added: Jul 15, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 132882128
He is burred with his parents you have a photo of the head stone on there his name is on there . I put in a photo request in could you add your photo to his profile for me? /he was a distant cousin to me. Thank you for putting them on here too! Thanks Michael
Added by michael gavin on Jul 15, 2014 10:42 PM
L Evans
A - C
So very wonderful of you.... I have already made some progress & will continue till done :)
In Gratitude...
Added by L Evans on Jul 14, 2014 9:41 PM
L Evans
Atwaters & Johnsons
Thank you ..... very much appreciated :)
Will get on updating today.
Added by L Evans on Jul 14, 2014 7:23 AM
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