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How to recover information from a well weathered limestone tombstone?

The technique you are looking for is off-camera flash. This means a separate flash unit that you can trigger remotely (usually wirelessly, nowadays). By directing the light across the stone at an ...
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

Your best bet is to check the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies: IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project. On their United States Page, they have almost 1400 Jewish burial ...
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What does O.S. K.U.V stand for on a headstone?

I believe it is the the symbol of the "Österreichischer Männer-Kranken-Unterstützungsverein"; this translates to "Austrian Men's Health Benefits Organization" or "Austrian Sick Benefits Club" I ...
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Christian Orthodox Cemeteries in Philadelphia

Have you seen Brief History of St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church & SS. Peter and Paul Church, Uniondale PA? Dedicated church cemeteries seem to have been the norm, but they also used ...
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Where to find online records of New York City Potter's Field / Hart Island pre-1980?

Most of this answer has negative search results -- because it's impossible to look for records online without first knowing more about the nature of the original records and their repositories. See ...
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How to locate Missouri records for Goodman & Boller undertakers of Boonville?

Cemetery listings There are 2 Mount Washington Cemeteries in Missouri - one in Independence, Jackson County and a smaller one in Plattsburg, Clinton County. Most likely the Mount Washington in ...
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Index for Abney Park Cemetery London UK?

The burials at Abney Park Cemetery have indeed been indexed, and you can view the database on the website of the Abney Park Cemetery Indexing Project, which is hosted on Rootsweb. Note that the ...
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Did UK Poor Houses pay for pauper's graves?

The Poor House system in Ireland was run on similar lines to the English model and I have some experience of it. In Ireland the Poor House would pay for a burial for someone whose family didn’t or ...
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

Another possibility is to look at the list of members of the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America: https://www.jcana.org/members/all-members Some of the members are cemeteries, and some are ...
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What does O.S. K.U.V stand for on a headstone?

OS is Oesterreicher. It means Austrian. Unfortunately most of the commentary about KUVs on the internet is in German, but my rusty German tells me that a lot of it is to do with emigration from the ...
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Ways to find headstone names in Mexican cemeteries?

As a newbie, the biggest disadvantages are not knowing where to look for answers and asking simplistic questions. However, "Google is your friend." That is, just googling the words mexico cemetery ...
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How to recover information from a well weathered limestone tombstone?

I shared the question during the Twitter Chat #AncestryHour and received some suggestions, although some may not be useful on a white or pale stone: ScottishIndexes has had some success using tinfoil:...
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Uncovering residents of cemetery when headstones are losing legibility?

Once you have the weeds out of the way, you can often take a legible photo of a stone that appears too worn to read using off-camera flash. See this question and answer including some before and after ...
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Is there a federal government office that could provide information about a US civil war/military headstone?

To Add to @JanMurphys original 2013 answer about some applications for headstones being on Ancestry.com. Fold3.com (an Ancestry.com site) has repository for applications with images as well as ...
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Christian Orthodox Cemeteries in Philadelphia

Anesti Zoto, founding member of St. John Chrysostom had his funeral there and was buried in Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, according to his obituary found in the July 24, 1993 issue of Philadelphia ...
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

OpenStreetMap data (OSM) is interesting source of data - contains also cemeteries from all over the world - including position and description. Unfortunately it is quite hard to extract from the OSM ...
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Does "in the 70th year of her life" mean she was 69?

This is not a complete answer to your question but may provide another data point for you to consider. It is one where the same phrase is used and where the birth date seems to be known. My 3rd ...
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Are there any privacy issues regarding publishing the image of a grave marker online?

I would ask both the cemetery and the family for permission. Find a Grave posted pictures of my family members, in particular a brother and sister, and when my mom discovered this, it brought up a ...
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