Graveyards have rich genealogical details waiting to be unearthed. The Cemetery Research Boot Camp Digital Download is perfect for those looking to improve the photographs they take when they visit cemeteries and how to solve mysteries they discover lying in their family plots.
During 3 hours of recorded webinars, Devon Noel Lee shares photography tips and a cemetery case study that impressed Thomas MacEntee enough to invite her to share it in a genealogical journal. 8-pages of handouts compliment the video instruction.
Topic I: Snapping Better Gravestone Photographs: Go from Point-and-Shoot to Beautiful.
Photographs of headstones and grave markers are fantastic resources to mark the final resting place of our ancestors and can provide rich genealogical details. Despite the ease of taking photographs with digital cameras, why is the quality of grave marker images still no better than the photos from the 1970s? In this session, we will talk about the tips and tricks to take better photographs while at the cemetery, including avoiding the most annoying error (capturing yourself on the stone!)
Topic II: Why are Two Unrelated Men Buried in Someone Else’s Plot?
When you discover two unrelated individuals buried in a family plot, can you determine their connection? As people migrated into and out of the Mid-West, some burial plots were inherited by relatives who stayed behind. If the funeral records no longer exist, can you still determine the familial connection between individuals? In this session, we will walk through a case study of how Earl Wiggins and William Geiszler, who are not close kin, wind up interred in a plot that isn’t a family line of either man.