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Find a Grave's mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.|
Find a Grave's FAQs are a great resource and they will help you navigate this site.
Find a Grave's Quick tips:
• Uploading photos
• Suggest a correction (SAC) via the edit tab
• About duplicates
• Transferring memorials
• Women married more than once
• No posting of obituaries
• Virtual flowers (NO biographical info)
• Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
I developed an interest in genealogy after a family reunion—it started with just my family, and now extends beyond. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined spending so much time in cemeteries photographing headstones throughout Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties. I hope my contribution helps you.
My photo-taking suggestions
Before you leave the house, have a plan. Once there, it's easy to become distracted and overwhelmed. Wear comfortable clothing and protective shoes. Remember to wipe off your camera lens often. You'll be disappointed when you get home and begin to upload your photos only to notice a finger smudge or water droplet on EVERY SINGLE photo—ugh! Watch where you stand when you take photos of certain headstones. If you can see your reflection in the headstone try standing off to one side. Check your camera settings before you start. Setting your camera to a higher resolution makes for a better photo.
What to bring with you
Camera...(duh); check your settings for outdoor use; extra, extra batteries; cemetery map if available; soft bristle brush to sweep off leaves, dirt, etc.; spray bottle (water brings out the lettering); cell phone (fully charged); sunscreen and a hat; something to eat, plenty of water; and Band Aids (trust me).
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