Transcribe Onsite?

I wish I had transcribed these stones when I was actually in the cemetery taking the pictures.

I took dozens of pictures in cemetery run in May of 2016. Most of the stones were legible and reading them was not an issue. This is one that was difficult to read. I wish I had made a transcription of the stone while I was at the cemetery. Not for every stone, but for those that were difficult to read. Sometimes pictures of stones are easier to read. Occasionally they are not.

I could have easily handwritten a transcription on a piece of paper and taken a picture of that transcription so I had an image of it along with the picture of the stone.

Next time I’ll transcribe any stone that I think may be difficult to read when I’m reviewing the picture later.

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15 thoughts on “Transcribe Onsite?

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      I use Paint and Irfanview. Paint used to come free with Windows. Ifranview is a free download.

      1. Patti

        Irfanview is a great program, and has been my go-to for years. Thanx for the suggestion about transcribing on-site.

      2. Kathleen Wieland

        Paint is still free (in accessory programs) as of Windows 10. I use it all the time for cropping images & adding captions or descriptive information.

  1. Carol

    Take a look at the Facebook page for The Good Cemeterian. This person cleans up the grave markers of veterans and does a fabulous job! Once that is done the markers are very legible.

  2. David A Moore

    I have run across this problem from time to time but I usually carried a pocket memo pad to transcribe the picture. Unfortunately some of the ones I should have transcribed I didn’t so I had to blow the picture way up to try to read it.

  3. KmHanks

    In 1972 Peoria County Genealogy Society read cemeteries and recording them. They are available in the Peoria Public Library or on the website for members. What’s interesting and applicable is that their readings helped me in 2017! Some stones were so damaged now, but then were readable. What a gift those volunteers gave for future generations.

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      That’s a good reminder. People should always check for “old” transcriptions in case stones have deteriorated or become illegible between the original transcription date and the time the researcher needs the information.

  4. Eloise Dalrymple

    Transcribe it or take a picture, preferably both. Many years ago I transcribed a tombstone but did not take a picture. A few years later I went back to take the picture and the stone was gone. It was on the end of a row and I believe it may have fell over and they did not know where to put it back. I searched all over the cemetery but never found it? At least I had what I had written down.

  5. Teresa Anderson

    I use the GIMP for photo editing. I have inverted the color of the photo, adjusted contrast and used “high light colors” to bring out writing in tombstones.


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