Tombstones in the Snow

This isn’t one of my highest ranking posts, but I was looking for genealogy posts to link to and came across this. It works best when the snow is snowman packable. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of snow for this year, but I wanted to share it again anyway. Enjoy!

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Stone Before

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 what I did, these are before and after photos. Take a few handfuls of snow rub them into the letters carefully rubbing off any snow until it is level. Repeat until full.

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…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One thought on “Tombstones in the Snow”

  1. JF had quite a write up in his diary about the accident. I had typed up a lot of the diaries for my family.Would you like to know the rest of the story.


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