I have several times now encountered limestone tombstones that are well weathered, as well as sometimes just dirty or have broken and have been face down or face up for years.
There are numerous tutorials on how to and NOT TO clean a limestone headstone without damaging it;
Some of the better guides on cleaning include:
Though when cleaning may or may not do any good, I may not have permission to do so (some older cemeteries have rules not allowing it), or I may not have the time an intensive multi-hour cleaning for when passing through the area. What are some options for obtaining information from it, preferably without cleaning it extensively and potentially creating further wear?
I am aware of the wax paper and crayon method but have only had mixed success with it actually coming out any more readable.
I would like to have a couple different methods in my kit if I am going to make a trip to visit some areas and cemeteries to attempt to gather more information. I also do not live in a region of the country where these style of tombstones are as aged or as commonly used to experiment.
Is there any other relatively successful way to get information or images from these style of weathered grave stones?
For example, where the bottom is completely unreadable. Photo Credit:Joseph DuVall from Find a Grave.
And I have several cases where the bottom is readable but the top which is broken off no longer is readable. PhotoCredit: CRSouser