|Bio and Links|
|Most of my submissions come from walks through the cemetery. I attempt photograph every stone. Many of the rural cemeteries I have photographed have bricks, blocks, rocks, and other items marking unknown graves. I do not make a habit of entering these in. However, if the stone has any information on it at all, I will attempt to provide as much as I can transcribe.|
One of the reasons why I try to photograph all the stones I can find in the cemetery is to help folks reconnect with their own families. The other is a sad reality. Many of these rural cemeteries have been neglected over the years. Or, worse yet, they have become the target of vandals. Sadly, some stones that we photograph today may be destroyed tomorrow.
My son joins me on many of these trips and we always try to leave the cemetery looking better than when when we arrived. We have had to upright knocked over stones, pick up trash and downed limbs, replace knocked over flowers, and so much more. Sadly, in one cemetery, we had to locate pieces of several headstones that vandals broke apart and scattered throughout the cemetery. We attempted to return as many of these pieces to their spot as we could and piece together the identity of those buried there.
I do my best to ensure that I am not duplicating records. If you find that I have made a mistake with one, please let me know.
Also, the best way to do an edit is through the edit tab on the memorial. It will provide, at a minimum, the ID of the grave that the correction is to be made on. Also, there is no chance that I will fat finger in your suggestion this way.
I have also, as of Christmas 2014, upgraded to adding geotags to my photos.
I have hit the max length allowed in the bio, so I seem unable to add more info about the cemeteries we have visited in Walker County. We'll try and see if we can do it another way, later.