Tonight I’m sharing a discovery I made a few years ago when I was trying to track down the records on the cemetery by our house (still didn’t succeed at that quest, but this was a pretty nifty discovery in the process). The best time I have found for taking photos of a tombstone is while there is snow on the ground, assuming it’s safe to travel there and that you already have the stone located so you aren’t poking around the snow.
This is the stone for two brothers. They owned our farm and one of them (I think the younger one) died by falling into a buzzsaw while building what is now our barn.
UPDATE: I don’t really have much of an update, but I wanted to include a link to this post since I still think is a pretty clever genealogy tip, so I thought I’d go ahead and add the signature block. This trick works best with darker stones, but can really help even for light one. Has anyone else tried it?
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