Foil vs Chalk – and you can always use the leftovers fixing dinner!

Reading a Headstone

Reading a Headstone

Somewhere I’ve read that foil was another option when trying to read a deteriorating headstone.
I bought the cheapest foil I could find. Cheap = thin. As you can see in the first photo it worked pretty well but that headstone wasn’t badly worn.
The inscription on the second headstone was worse at the top and we couldn’t get a good read on it. We did get some words toward the bottom but not the entire inscription.
Overall I was very happy with the outcome. It was cool to bring the rubbings home and transcribe them.

So you might consider a cheap roll of foil as another tool to add to your cemetery kit. I’ll continue using it. You know I’ve always been leery chalking a headstone.

with the help of foil

with the help of foil

By the way, the two headstones are for the infant sons of my g-g-grandmother, Rebecca Holmes Williams. She had seven children. Four boys and three girls. All four boys died at a very young age. Not one lived into their teenage years. Her daughters all lived to adulthood, married and had children, yet Rebecca outlived two of the three girls.
She must have been one strong lady to have buried six of her seven children.

It’s a first!

William and Margaret Junkins Holmes

William and Margaret Junkins Holmes

Hey! How’s your Saturday? After going to two sixth grade volleyball matches (we won both . . . Yay!!) I’m watching college football and surfing genealogy blogs.
I landed on a mention of the 99 Genealogy Things meme. I did my own and posted it a couple of days ago. It’s here if you’re interested.
Anyway one of the questions was (Have you) Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site?

I hadn’t but guess what? I just uploaded three photos to the Ohio Gravestones.org website.

Yay! It was painless!! and easy as pie!! 🙂
So you know what that means. Everyone of my cemetery pics will be going on the site in the next couple days.  So cool.
I just may end up a GraveYard Rabbit yet!!