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From: "Mabel Lou" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] ROOTS Digest, Vol 3,Issue 317 (best way to get info off of tombstones)
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 02:14:59 -0700
I have always done the rubbing technique. I take paper (usually butchers
paper works best) and a soft lead pencil and rub until all of the letters
show up on the rubbing. Then the rubbing goes into my files.
Another way for you to do it if you are taking photographs is to use
sidewalk chalk. They are big pieces, and I turn them on their side and rub
the stone. Then I take a rag and wipe the stone and the chalk remains in
all the crevices, which makes the lettering very clear. The chalk will not
hurt the stone in any way and the first rain cleans it out! I know from
experience that shaving cream ruins a car finish....if left on very long.
It won't harm the glass, but the finish on the car sure gets to be a mess.
(my son's car from their wedding).
Hope this gives some people ideas on how to preserve the stones for the
future. ALSO...if a stone is falling, damaged, etc. turn in a WRITTEN
notice to the cemetery sexton. The will usually see that it is taken care
of if possible. Sometimes there is a small fee, and myself I don't mind
paying it to keep the stone preserved for the future.
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