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Offline corinne

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reading gravestones
« on: Tuesday 21 September 04 09:42 BST (UK) »
Does anyone else have a small pair of binoculars as essential family history research equipment?  I have found them invaluable for doing quick scans over cemetery headstones.  You can stand in one spot and read gravestones for several rows back at a time.  Saves a lot of walking.

Probably should have put this on "the lighter side" as I imagine I get a few strange looks when I am pottering around in cemeteries looking for rellies. 

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Re: reading gravestones
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 21 September 04 09:54 BST (UK) »
Hi Corinne

Binoculars - now there is a novel idea

Having done several thousand tombstone transcriptions, I have never yet tried to use a pair of binoculars to read them - but would have thoght it to be useful only on the stones where it is easy to read the inscription, and yes, of course it would save lots of walking.

My favourite way and the best I believe to read faded inscriptions, is a mirror to reflect the suns ray on to the stones from different angles.

Again several strange looks from others in the churchyard, especially if you have a spade as well (to move soil from stones that have sunk in order to read all inscriptions)

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Re: reading gravestones
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 22 September 04 20:02 BST (UK) »
Hi Corinne

 I wish I had thought of using my binoculars when I went up to Cumbria, as some graveyards were very large!!, although many of the tombstones had completely weathered away (probably the ones I wanted! ::)). My next step is to go and see which plots they are buried in as there must be some record surely?, ahwell. I will try the binoculars out the next time I am after any body and see how many strange looks I get  ;D.

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Re: reading gravestones
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 22 September 04 20:10 BST (UK) »
Corinne , :D
            wot a great idea never thouht of that i can carry on in the winter now and not get me feet so wet in the long grass  :D
                               Thanks for that one  :D
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Re: reading gravestones
« Reply #4 on: Monday 27 September 04 10:03 BST (UK) »
I have found them invaluable for doing quick scans over cemetery headstones. You can stand in one spot and read gravestones for several rows back at a time. Saves a lot of walking.

What a fantastic idea!!

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