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From: "John E.Vail" <>
Subject: RE: [MD-CEM] When visiting a cemetery...
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 09:49:31 -0500
The wife and I have been doing family research for close to 20 years, and we
walked cemetery from Chester County, Pa. to as far as the New York line to
the North and as far south as West Virginia, where a lot of cemeteries are
private with marking made out of field stones. However I only started taking
pictures in the last 5 years. In the large cemeteries I would look up the
care taker to check his records as to where the party I was looking for was
buried, and in some cases I was glad I did as they would take me where the
lot was and it would not be marked except with the corner stones. The only
times I has to ask to search a cemetery would be if I had to go across their
yard or cross a field that had animals in it.
From: Kathi Jones-Hudson [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:59 PM
Subject: Re: [MD-CEM] When visiting a cemetery...
I've had many volunteers taking photographs of various
cemeteries in Maryland for many years and I think most
of them do the 'apologize later' method ... if asked
some cemeteries, especially larger ones, might say no.
Small cemeteries and church cemeteries may not even
have anyone around to ask.
So far I've not had anyone say they had a problem with
cemetery officials, but there was one church in MD
where one person took a few pictures of his own
relatives and the minister found our website and blew
up .. found out later that a Scout group had
transcribed the entire cemetery, guess he thought no
one else should. But that's been my only complaint
from a cemetery in 7 yrs of doing this. Mostly when
cemeteries get in touch, it's to contribute
transcriptions, send photos, etc.
Just be careful to avoid on-going funerals and be
respectful. Many cemeteries appreciate this work,
others obviously don't. I do know of some cemeteries
where cameras are forbidden and others where they say
'only your relatives'. About all they will probably do
is request that you leave.
BTW: If you are interested in contributing your
photos/transcriptions to the MD Tombstone Project
please contact me off-list. You too Leonard.
MD Tombstone Transcription Project Manager
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