Journey to the Past: Cemetery Final Tally


I love this photo of me taking grave stone photos.
It shows my family and friends what I did while I was away!

Thank you to everyone who took the time read my Journey to the Past series. Now that that is finished, I have to slow down in the posts a bit as I start sorting through all the materials I brought back from Ohio. I'll continue posting Tombstone Tuesdays about the grave stones that I found interesting. I'll also continue to Photo Friday series that focuses on taking photos of the artifacts in our family and personal history collection. The rest of my blogging efforts will share the stories I've learned and the connections I've made with the research I've acquired.

BUT, I wanted to share the final tally from all those photos I took in the cemeteries I visited in May. Here it goes:

6 Volunteer Photos
600 Photos Added
231 Memorials Added
And I mange an additional 31 that are family

I took in the range of 50-100 photos that I had to throw out because they were unusable or photos were already posted online. Now, some people may say that was wasted effort to take photos 'down the line' rather than seek out those photo request names. But, I feel differently.

Taking the additional photos is making me a better photographer. Spending the time looking up the names and specific plot numbers would make me a better researcher. My goal was to get as many photos online as possible with the least amount of hassle as possible. Many cemeteries are difficult to work with, while others are true gems. So, I don't mind that I had to trash some photos because they were duplicated efforts.

The photos that irritated me were ones that I had to delete because they were too blurry. That's my fault and I hope to be more diligent in checking the quality of the image before moving on.

So, now that the service part of my trip is complete, it's time to focus on the Geiszler and Brown family lines. (But I'll still take volunteer photos near where I live in Iowa).


  1. Congratulations on your trip, your photos taken, and your reporting of all you did! I'm sure you'll be busy for a long time making sure those photos are all saved, labeled in some way, uploaded to Find-A-Grave (if you haven't done that already), and shared on your blog. I look forward to reading more about what you found.

    1. Thanks for being an avid reader and comment-er. I do have a lot to work with for some time to come. Stay tuned...


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