I’m a little weird

I love graveyards and have always wandered through them when I’ve come across them in my travels. With the interest in Genealogy, they hold even more meaning for me. Last night I finished transcribing all the photos of graves I took on Saturday when we went looking for family graves in Philly. I like to think I’m making it easier for others to find the graves of their family members when they don’t live nearby. I can tell you that it does take longer to transcribe the graves than to snap the photos!!

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I had an added bonus today … We didn’t have time to go out to the cemetery that my aunt was buried in and my cousin Mary who lives outside of Philly went out and snapped a photo and sent it to me today. How nice is that??

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On the quilting front, some binding and labeling going on but no finishes yet.

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7 Responses to “I’m a little weird”

  • I can imagine how long it takes to transcribe those older headstones! A bit like “interpreting” the handwriting on old documents!

  • Vicki:

    There are many of us “cemetery creepers”…and aren’t we an interesting group.

    This is off topic, but has been my “concern for this week”. What has been your opinion of the 1940 Census indexing? I hope most communities had better indexers than my home community. Because her name was so poorly transcribed, I could not find my own mother using the search option, and I knew exactly where she lived. The census taker’s penmanship was not all that bad, I have seen much worse. I have since gone through the community and made corrections that I am positive about. The options available with the 1940 Census on ancestry.com make it pretty easy to make corrections. I often made 6-8 corrections per page…letters were transposed by the indexer, even when the name was correctly spelled, o’s and a’s and h’s and k’s were confused. One census taker had sort of a swirly curly capital L, and the indexer took it to be an S…so Larson became Sarson for most of the community…even my spell checker underlines Sarson.

    Enough about that…I enjoy your blog.

  • Here is a weird-er note. Have you seen the graveyard quilts? They have little coffins all around the edge. I saw them a few years ago, but have lost the site. If I find it again I will let you know.(OH, it was for families to remember their departed loved ones.)

  • SaraF:

    I also find it interesting – particularly the old markers. Those old grave markers are often so beautiful, and sometimes very interesting what was on them.

  • Becky Pyle:

    no, you’re not weird! I’m also a member of Billion Graves and a genealogist nut. I love to take walks in cemeteries and photograph graves as I go!

  • Flatlander (Linda):

    I don’t think you’re weird … I, too, am interested in old cemetaries and occupants … how old where they, when did they live, marker inscriptions that are puzzling … yeah, I like cemetaries, too ;-)

  • I’ve not heard of Billion Graves, I do love FindAGrave and take photos for them plus make requests of other volunteers. I love helping others this way and even more when someone takes the time to take a photo for me. Have you checked it? Doing genealogy is also my passion.

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