I am a retired Army Officer, Civil War enthusiast, and amateur genealogist with an excellent camera. I am also an old geezer who needs the exercise I get walking the 100+ cemeteries of Rockbridge County, Virginia (most of them are hilly).
For those of you relying on me responding quickly to photo requests, the situation has changed. Due to my age and decreased mobility, there are a few cemeteries I can no longer negotiate. But I will in most instances give it a try if the route from my car to the marker is fairly even and cleared ground.
If anyone is not satisfied with any photo of a grave marker that I have taken, please let me know via email and I will be glad to either remove it or retake the image. Likewise, if I create a memorial that is offensive or incorrect in any way, let me know and I will either correct the information or remove the memorial.
I try hard to take a photograph where the information on the marker is readable in the image. I DO NOT CLEAN STONES, but upon request, I will return when there is a different light situation to see if I can capture a better image. Also, I do not post images to a memorial that already has a photo unless there is a request for a better photo. But I may at times add a photo to a memorial that has no image even without a request.
Family members have my permission to privately use my photos of the grave markers of your ancestors for genealogical purposes on sites such as Ancestry.com or Rootsweb.com, but DO NOT COPY elsewhere on Find A Grave, Billion Graves, other sites listing graves, the internet or for commercial use. My photos all have a copyright embedded in the image metadata. Please email me if you use one of my photos so I know they are being appreciated elsewhere.
I will be glad to transfer any memorial I have created if it is for one of your ancestors within 4 generations and not in my direct line. Once I transfer a memorial, you may alter it, but it shall NOT be deleted.
Mary Allen (1783-1837) The armstrongs are in our family's direct line. And I have been doing research into the family and other lines (Lytle, Gray, Baker etc. who lived in Northern Washington County for 40 years. If you have info stating that Mary Allen is not Mary Qua Allen I would like to have it so we (Tom Dunne and myself) can correct it and correct Ancestry and Heritage.com. Thank you for your help in this matter.
Buzz It was time to visit again with 1st Lt. Norman Nelson "Buzz" Burwick. I know your passion is photographing headstones, but some years ago, as a special favor to me, you took a personal interest in Lt. Burwick's story. I am aware you spent a great deal of time researching the military facts leading up to the tragic incident that took his life and the lives of his crew. Because of the exquisite detail and historical accuracy, this WWII B-52 pilot has the finest, most complete biography possible. I am ever grateful. -- AllisonMac
Mt. Lydia (Lidia) Cemetery Carl, thanks much for your message re Mt. Lydia (Lidia)Cemetery. You are very correct about its condition. I also found the cemetery last year, October 2015, but was advised to not enter because it was too warm and snakes might have been roaming. There is a website that has info on the cemetery: https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Lydia-Church-Cemetery-633361076699256/timeline/ If you find any useful info, please email me. See my Bio for email address. I read the book Bond of Gold by Charles Dew in which was mentioned the name of the cemetery; it's a freedman's cemetery. Although I don't currently live in the state of Virginia, I was born only about three miles from the cemetery and I think some of my ancestors might be buried there. A million thanks for your message!
Roy and Elizabeth Higgins Carl, I was able to request a photo for Roy and wonder if you will add a photo for him and just post one of your photos of Rapps Mill Cemetery on Elizabeth's memorial. I know that she is buried there from her death certificate. I thank you for all you have done to document these memorials. You have aided the descendants of the Higgins family in finding their ancestors. Thank you for your time and photos. Martha
Higgins and Thompson photos Thank you so much for the pictures. If you could add the photo you took for Joseph Hubert Higgins to Leona Conner Higgins I would appreciate it. I forgot to request her photo apparently. Also I have a copy of Elizabeth Wilhelm Higgins death cert. listing Rapps Mill as her burial. I don't know if she has a stone. I would appreciate it if when you are there again to look where her children are buried. Again, thank you for your time and the wonderful photos. Martha