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Jackie Saulmon Ramirez (#46823626)
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Take Pride in Your Work!

-Plan time of day for photo. In direct sun you may not be able to read a stone. Watch for glare.
-Take extra batteries.
-Make sure your camera's SD Card is inside the camera or carry an extra.
-Reduce resolution setting on your camera, but not too low.
-Try to match the resolution to the highest number compatible with FindAGrave's limits. The higher the resolution, the better the photo will be. Too small and it will 'pixelate' the photo.
--->750 KB maximum file size
--->300-1200 pixel width
-Wear a wide brim hat. That will 'shade' your digital camera so you can better view the L.C.D. screen.
-Get down to eye level; stoop on one knee or sit on the ground. The difference is astounding!
-Get close enough to read the headstone.
-Take second shot to show the stone's area.
-Move plants to get all the words & dates. Replace when finished.
-Get the DATES; family and researchers NEED dates!
-If more than one name appears on the headstone, show both names in the photo and list the information on both memorials on FindAGrave; if related, link memorials. Second and third photos can show close-ups.
-Trim or brush GRASS off the stone so the letters show. [Do not trim in-the-ground plants!]
-Center the headstone.
-Get a photo of the ENTIRE stone or monument no matter how tall, no matter how wide.
-Take close-up of the inscription.
-Use a tripod for a clear photo.
-Use a reflector to improve headstone readability. Light helps when held to one side to create shadows in the lettering.
-No 'reflector?' Use a mirror, tin foil, bright light, car windshield's reflector, etc.
-FEEL the letters for hard to read headstones.
-Write down notes for hard-to-read headstones.
-Use a tape recorder to make ‘notes' till you can enter it on FindAGrave.
-A flags' folds can be moved so they don't cover the writing.
-Avoid taking shots with snow on the ground; too much light and glare.
-Every headstone has the same value no matter what they paid for it.
-Think of a family member viewing the memorial you are creating.
-Be aware of clothing, hair, fingers, etc. in lens shot.
-Keep friends that came with you out of the shot.
-Don't get your shadow in the photo. It's very distracting from the stone.
-Don't get your reflection on a shiny stone.
-Don't take photo from an angle unless it helps readability.
-Don't go at night unless requested and take second photo during day.
-Don't go for numbers; go for quality.
-Don't get your vehicle in the photo.
-If you accidentally get your vehicle or foot in the photo, crop or remove with 'clone' tool OR retake the photo.
-Never try to 'clean' the stone. Use only a cloth or soft brush.
-Do not touch lichens! They are fungal organisms that may damage stones but to try and remove them could do MORE harm.
-Any photo is better than no photo at all; it proves the grave is there.
-If you bring a dog or other pet, make sure cemeteries allow them on the grounds. Be sure you pick up any litter (poops, BMs). "Doggie bags" are part of my graving equipment.


-Do ANY editing, including cropping, to the photo BEFORE you reduce the final size. Any editing increases the file size of the photo.
-Edit as little as possible but DO enhance if it will make the stone clearer or easier to read. 'Remove scratches' or 'Sharpen' may aid the ability to read older or worn stones.
-Crop but DO show some space around the stone; it enhances the viewers' experience. A second photo may show a close up of the individual stone or inscription.


-Don't write as if you were sending an e-mail. Use capitalization, commas, quotations, periods, etc.
-Credit sources for information or BIOs.
-BIO note body should not be all caps.
-Don't say "buried with" unless they are in the same casket. Say "buried beside" or "buried among."
-When the last name has two parts, leave a space between the 1st part and the second part. "Van Hise," not "VanHise." If the stone shows no space—then do not leave a space. Follow the stone.
-Unless your stone is that of Harry S Truman, the initial needs a period "." after it.
-Try to add the inscription; put periods or dashes where the lettering is worn away.
-To read a difficult stone, it may help to increase contrast in your photo editing program while transcribing. Return photo to 'natural' before uploading to FindAGrave.
-People before papers! Photos of faces & family, then the stone, then any documents that would include death certificates, obituary notices or articles.
-Ask yourself, "If this was my family member, would I like this memorial?"
-Take one final look over the memorial for spelling or other errors.

If you have tips or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail me.


My daughter Francisca has loved cemeteries since she was about three and barely tall enough to look outside the car as we passed. Cemetery stones drew her like a magnet! She is now almost 30 and we still love these 'cities of stone.'

As for me, FindAGrave is an outlet for my love of art, genealogy, history and photography all rolled into one. I have been known to 'sponsor' a memorial or two for its beauty, historic or cultural significance. Sponsoring a loved one's memorial is also a sincere gift to family or a friend and also helps support FindAGrave in a meaningful way.

Anyone has my permission to take copies of any of my photos on FindAGrave. I put them here to share.


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Messages left for Jackie Saulmon ... (50)[Leave Message]
RE: Pamela Gaff
Hi Jackie,
No, I am not a family member. Yes, I am a friend of Debbie's. All of the victims deserve to have their memorials sponsored. I do what I can.

Added by Corey on Sep 12, 2015 11:01 AM
Victor Pope
RE: Margaret Powell Saulmon
Thank-you! Sorry I couldn't help. I've been to hundreds of graveyards and I think this one had the worst marker deterioration. Like a blind man reading braille, I had to feel nearly all markers. Many headstones had already weathered to the point of being slick without any indentations. I've been to even older graveyards on the east coast that were in much better shape. You would think the salt air would do more damage than our mountain weather. It has to be the low density of the stones used. The softer the stone, the easier it is to engrave. Maybe I'll have better luck next time. Have a good night!!!
Added by Victor Pope on Aug 16, 2015 6:51 PM
Melissa Winkowski
Frank B Jones
Can you please link photo on memorial 38532930 (yours) to 38532914.I had made a copy and attached myself, but was informed by the sponsor that this is "against the rules". Thank you.
Added by Melissa Winkowski on Apr 08, 2015 8:58 AM
RE: Lawrence O. Carpenter
Mr. Carpenter's mother is Odia Thomas Carpenter (17974412). I do not know when his father died or where he is buried.

Added by melanie on May 22, 2014 6:39 PM
RE: Lawrence O. Carpenter
It was my pleasure. My great grandmother is buried in the section across from Mr. Carpenter (when I visit her grave, I walk a different section to see if I can randomly find a photo request).

I have sent a link requesting that you link him to his mother and to his wife.

thank you,
Added by melanie on May 22, 2014 5:47 PM
Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Fred Longbine
Thanks for visiting his site. His tombstone has now been added. MayflowerPilgrim332.
Added by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 on Dec 07, 2013 10:57 AM
RE: Photo Permission - 7293287
I have no problem with anyone taking the photos as I do all this for people like you who are interested in their families.
Added by LesaK on Oct 19, 2013 1:23 PM
RE: Permission for Photo?
Added by LadyGoshen on Oct 18, 2013 12:47 PM
Greg Mitchem
RE: Harold Saulmon's Stone
You are very welcome, glad I could help.

Added by Greg Mitchem on Aug 30, 2013 7:30 AM
Ron West
Mary Ellen Wilson

You recently left a flower for Mary Ellen Shutt and I wanted to say Thank You! I have tried to have Find a Grave recognize her as a famous person but they say that she does not meet their requirements.

I have resubmitted her for consideration again and I was hoping that you would re-visit her page and give her a fame rating. If enough people vote, maybe it will change the minds of the folks at Find a Grave.

Please click here Mary Ellen Shutt to take you directly to her page.

Ron West
Added by Ron West on Jul 26, 2013 12:11 PM
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