Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Please consider using and contributing to USGenWeb's Tombstone project. Tombstonetranscriptionproject. It could become a very valuable research tool as well as a way to preserve some of the gravestones and tombs that we are losing to the elements. Every little thing that you do makes a difference and it costs you nothing (well maybe a little time; but it's worth it).
A significant problem we have in the New Orleans cemeteries is "sugaring" of the doors of our tombs. It is very expensive to replace these doors and takes time and effort to research the information that was originally engraved on it. There is similar wear due to weather on gravemarkers as well. This is why I recommend to all the use of the project and similar digital preservation.