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Re: [MidwestCemeteries] Reading old badly weathered memorials (2/19/07)

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  • Perry Curvey
    I Do take pictures for others but Im 5 hours away from chicago. I photo all the memorial s/ stone s in what ever cemetery I am working on and put the data from
    Message 1 of 13 , Feb 20, 2007
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      I Do take pictures for others but Im 5 hours away from chicago. I photo all the memorial's/ stone's in what ever cemetery I am working on and put the data from the pictures in a data base with Picture # as a hyperlink that allows the researcher to see the actual stone. The Earliest death dates I have worked on is 1818 Perry
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: T/Miccki
      Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 3:26 PM
      Subject: [MidwestCemeteries] Reading old badly weathered memorials (2/19/07)

      2/19/2007 3:00pm.EST
      Perry and Listers:
      I have no scanner as yet.I will keep that in mind to
      share with others. I had no idea. Thanks-for sharing.
      Sharing is caring....Have a great and bless day.
      Do you take pictures of grave headstones for free
      and/or have read old headstones from 1923-1987?
      Could someone possibily assistance me with free
      scanned and/or digital photos by email or mail?
      Looking for some kind person who lives in Chicago,that
      can go to Oakwoods and/or Lincoln Cemetery If you can
      please contact me. I have further information to help
      you. Being trying to receive these free photos by
      email since Spring 2002--no results yet.
      No giving up-just waiting for a breakthru. Hitting
      brick walls in my research. May God Bless You Richly
      as only he can. Thanks in advance.
      Any and all information/ help/suggestions /tips is
      appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon.
      Respectfully,
      Tanya/T/Mickki= MI
      Alternate email: africanwoman2258@ hotmail.com
      Surnames:
      RIVERS-SINGLETON- MEYERS-FREDERICK S-WYATT-FITE
      BREWER and GOLPHIN.

      Previous Email:
      --- p_curvey <curvey@charter. net> wrote:

      Has any one every tried to use a flat bed scanner,
      with the lid removed, to record stones that can not
      be read by the standard methods.
      thanks, Perry

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    • Tracy St Claire
      Have you put your requests up on findagrave.com? Those requests get filled fairly quickly unless in a large cemetery. Tracy
      Message 2 of 13 , Feb 20, 2007
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        Have you put your requests up on findagrave.com?
        Those requests get filled fairly quickly unless in a large
        cemetery.

        Tracy



        At 06:34 PM 2/20/2007, you wrote:

        I Do take pictures for others but Im 5 hours away from chicago. I photo all the memorial's/ stone's in what ever cemetery I am working on and put the data from the pictures in a data base with Picture # as a hyperlink that allows the researcher to see the actual stone. The Earliest death dates I have worked on is 1818 Perry
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: T/Miccki
        To: curvey@...
        Cc: MidwestCemeteries@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 3:26 PM
        Subject: [MidwestCemeteries] Reading old badly weathered memorials (2/19/07)

        2/19/2007 3:00pm.EST
        Perry and Listers:
        I have no scanner as yet.I will keep that in mind to
        share with others. I had no idea. Thanks-for sharing.
        Sharing is caring....Have a great and bless day.
        Do you take pictures of grave headstones for free
        and/or have read old headstones from 1923-1987?
        Could someone possibily assistance me with free
        scanned and/or digital photos by email or mail?
        Looking for some kind person who lives in Chicago,that
        can go to Oakwoods and/or Lincoln Cemetery If you can
        please contact me. I have further information to help
        you. Being trying to receive these free photos by
        email since Spring 2002--no results yet.
        No giving up-just waiting for a breakthru. Hitting
        brick walls in my research. May God Bless You Richly
        as only he can. Thanks in advance.
        Any and all information/help/suggestions/tips is
        appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon.
        Respectfully,
        Tanya/T/Mickki=MI
        Alternate email: africanwoman2258@...
        Surnames:
        RIVERS-SINGLETON-MEYERS-FREDERICKS-WYATT-FITE
        BREWER and GOLPHIN.

        Previous Email:
        --- p_curvey <curvey@...> wrote:

        Has any one every tried to use a flat bed scanner,
        with the lid removed, to record stones that can not
        be read by the standard methods.
        thanks, Perry

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      • sabromav@aol.com
        I d try using a hand-held scanner--It won t hurt anything, and might just pull up a few details. I d also try digital cameras. Try different times of day with
        Message 3 of 13 , Feb 20, 2007
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          I'd try using a hand-held scanner--It won't hurt anything, and might just pull up a few details.

          I'd also try digital cameras. Try different times of day with the light striking the stone at various angles, and definitely learn how to bracket your exposures if you don't already know how to do that.

          If you don't know how to change the settings to get different effects, there is a good article on it here:
          http://www.photoxels.com/tutorial_exposureBracketing.html

          I had some stunning photos appear on stones that looked almost bare of writing. The sunlight "fools" your eye, but not the camera!



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        • Connie Fairchild
          When documenting one old cemetery, I had to take photos of one stone at various times of day and various times of the year before I got it right. It was medium
          Message 4 of 13 , Feb 26, 2007
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            When documenting one old cemetery, I had to take photos of one stone at
            various times of day and various times of the year before I got it right.
            It was medium dark grey marble with very dark zig-zag veining. You could
            see absolutely no writing on it. Using black and white film, I did
            eventually get it. A relative of the person buried there said she knew he
            was in that cemetery but had never been able to find the stone.

            Sometimes early in the morning or an hour or so before sunset, the sun is at
            an acute angle to give you the contrast you need to capture the engraving on
            the stone.

            Incidently, I worked in the Geology dept at a university and asked the
            professors what I could use on stones that wouldn't hurt them. Those fellows
            know their marbles and granites. They replied that chalk (white not colored)
            is inert and has absolutely nothing that would react to harm the stone in
            any way. One of the professors was a specialist in marble and helped in
            restorations of antiquities by being able to match the marble in the
            building with which quarry it came from.

            Connie

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