Remember to Move the Grass When Photographing Cemeteries

Hugh C Dorr
St. Joseph Cemetery
Lockbourne, Ohio

I understand that any photo is better than no picture of a gravestone. However, with a little effort and planning, you can have a great photo rather than ‘just a photo’ of a gravestone.

I took this photo while in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lockbourne, Ohio. At the time I was on a research trip with the intent of visiting as many cemeteries as possible of my ancestors as I live 10 hours away from Franklin County, Ohio. While I was at the cemeteries, I decided to take additional photographs of the tombstones around my ancestors.

On this particular occasion, I was in a hurry and didn’t want to use a soft bristle brush or even my garden glove covered hands to remove the grass from this stone. The grass around the edges piles up on the stone as it’s recessed into the ground and mowing crews just go over the top. Grass clippings are not sucked up and so they pile up.

Though a family member who is trying to find Hugh C Dorr (1912 – 1970) would be happy to even see this photo. There is more to the stone as well as more information to be seen. A little extra effort spent culling out the distracting elements would make this photo even better.

Happy Grave Hopping!

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

2 thoughts on “Remember to Move the Grass When Photographing Cemeteries

  1. Lisa,

    I really don't know anything about that aspect of cemetery maintenance. So many cemeteries are so poorly cared for, while others are meticulously maintained. If you have continuous care in the contract and someone paid for it, I'd be looking into matters further. Certainly wouldn't want #7 in the family plot to pay for something his family hasn't received.

    So sorry. Now I'm inspired to adopt a cemetery and to do what I can to make sure stones aren't covered over by layers of grass or weeds. So sad.

    – Devon

  2. Loved this article! Last month headed back to NJ fom NM to see family, friends and to do genealogy of course. While I was visiting the family plot bought in 1927 for 7 family members(my cousin who is alive and a bachelor will be the 7th)the only thing that could be seen was the main headstone and the 6 ground markers for our family were nowhere to be seen. Not a shred of evidence they exsisted. We were extremely upset with the office that they were sunk into the ground and not visible. Month after mont..mowed over by a lazy worker who made the problem worse. When we drove over to the offcethey said, NOT OUR PROBLEM! CALL THE STONE COMPANY AND HAVE THEM RAISED!" HUH? PERPETUAL CARE IS ON THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT I HAVE AND THEIR NEGLECT CAUSED THS. Have you ever seen this before? Any ideas about what we should do now? THANK IN ADVANCE!

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