I was born and raised in Indianapolis,IN. My mother's side settled in Indiana before it became a state. I was destined to be a genealogist after my Mother found my name on a tombstone before I was born. I am the namesake of my 4th great grandmother who died in 1859 in Decatur Co. I believe she helps me when I approach brickwalls. People call this a nice little hobby....I have found it to be the most addictive pleasure that never gets boring. Nothing better than a great mystery! I hope that I can help you with your quest for tombstone picture.
I read the North Carolina GenWeb solutions for hard-to-read tombstones. I did try the aluminum foil method on two tombstones this spring and this method failed miserably due to the wind. Even when I finally taped the foil all around the stones and pressed down firmly, the engraving did not appear as I had hoped for. I think that if you press too firmly, you might break a portion of the stone around the engraving. I do not use the flour for every tombstone, only the ones I believe are very hard to read and those in which the camera will not capture. I also sweep the flour off of the tombstones, but I realize that I do not sweep off every grain. I think that I will try the mirror trick next to see if that helps to get the desired results.
The best I can make out before Infant Brother is "Iso." Does not make sense to me. Happy to be of assistance and happy that I learned this flour trick within the past year. Infant stones are very difficult and I think that this is one of the oldest I have photographed besides Benjamin Frnnklin's stone in Philadelphia.
RE: John G. Smock The main large gate is always locked but the last gate which is on west end, is always open. I have been there a couple times and it is always unlocked. I live fairly close and plan to go back soon since I only went through about half the cemetery.
RE: Henry Smock You're welcome Rebecca. I went through Groves Cemetery two years ago looking for great-uncle, Thomas Dyson. His second wife was a Smock. I took this one at random and forgot about it as Henry didn't have a memorial# at the time.
RE: Ida Smock How sad, I see so many Mothers and infants in the cemeteries and I get a wave of sadness coming over me. My Great-Great Grandmother died in childbirth having her fourth baby. My Great-Grandfather was only three at the time, just so hard to imagine what that would be like. Guess I don't want to imagine.