When taking photographs of your ancestor’s gravestone, don’t forget to also do a quick survey of the gravestone location.

Take photographs of the location of the stone – include landscapes and other gravestones.  This will make it easier when you want to return to view the stones.

Also, make sure that when you photograph the gravestone, that you are down at “ground level” for the photograph.  Pull the weeds that are obscuring the lettering on the stone.

And, do a quick diagram of your ancestor’s gravestone, and the other stones close to it.  Later, when researching for more family names, you may discover that your ancestor was buried close to other family members. If you have your diagram, you will already have the information!