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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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Given Name in parenthesis on Cemetery Stones

PolyGeo's answer is correct that the names in parentheses are nicknames. It is quite common to include nicknames in either parentheses or quotation marks, and usually it is more clear than this ...
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Given Name in parenthesis on Cemetery Stones

I think the most likely reason for the name in brackets to be considered important enough to place on their headstone would be that it represents the name that they used between them and/or amongst ...
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Where does the extra information come from on FindAGrave.com?

One of the difficulties with Find a Grave is that it takes information of varying quality and throws it all into one huge pot, with little transparency about where the information came from. It is ...
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Where does the extra information come from on FindAGrave.com?

Findagrave is a collaborative site. Memorial profiles are created, managed and improved by site users using a multitude of resources: grave photos cemetery records cemetery transcripts and surveys ...
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Understanding name on German headstone

After guessing a few words of the — is proverb the right word for it? — I was able to find it via google on two other entries in findagrave.com, this one and this one. The complete inscription is very ...
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Finding the burial place of British service members killed in WW2

A search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave locator for service members from WW2 who served with the Lancashire Fusiliers with a rank of Corporal yields 103 records. If your granddad is ...
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Finding photo of Robert Mason's 1890 Headstone on Isle of Wight?

This does read like a gravestone epitaph, especially the line from the hymn "Come unto Me and rest". There are a few resources for the Isle of Wight that would be my first ports of call. The Isle of ...
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Finding more information about Rhode Island grave stone bearing date range 1897-1923?

FindAGrave lists a considerable number of persons named Maria Correia in various graveyards in Rhode Island (as well as in other states). I would be wary of an identification based solely on first and ...
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Understanding name on German headstone

Here's what I was able to read so far (original, and translation): Bertha M. Frau von John Shrader Gest. Mai 17, 1885 im Alter von 34 Jahr 6 Mon. und 28 Tage Im ... ... geliebt Amale Tochter von ... .....
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Locating my great grandfather's grave in Romania?

There is no magic answer for you. You'll have to do research and detective work to find your great-grandfather. It does look like your ancestors on that line are Jewish. Here's some ideas: Locate ...
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Making sense of conflicting death dates for Juliet D. (Strong) Wilder?

The tombstone and newspaper appear correct. Newspapers don't publish obits a year late. Detroit Free Press Detroit, Michigan Sunday, January 20, 1889 - Page 5 I presume the FS entry to be an error. ...
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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

I'm not sure this fully answers your question but I think it is relevant, and far too much to place in the comments. I'm not sure if you already have any or all of this, but I came across a second ...
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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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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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Finding 1941 death record or gravesite for Eli(as) Weinstock in Cernauti

Yad Vashem holds a testimonial for one Elias Weinstock murdered in 1941, Chernovits Quoting: Elias Weinschtok was born in Czernowitz, Romania to Shaul and Malka. He was a journalist and married. ...
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Finding more information about Rhode Island grave stone bearing date range 1897-1923?

When dealing with online databases, especially where the record creator or indexer may have been unfamiliar with the correct spelling of a surname, sometimes it is worth searching just on first name ...
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Translating grave marker written in Hebrew?

The first line says: "Here lies" 2nd and 3rd lines are: "Schmuel, son of Zev" 4th line says: "died on the 4th intermediate day of Sukkot 697". So the 4th line simply ...
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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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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

Hephziba Millman was my 2nd great grandmother. I have found her with many given name variations, including some of those above. Illiteracy and the unusual name if spoken unclearly are, as suggested ...
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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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