Photo Submission Guidelines


If you have cemetery data, (please don't send us information copied from published books or transcriptions from other cemetery sites, unless you submitted them) grave stone photographs or obituaries, we are always accepting contributions. Or, if you would like to adopt a county and become a county coordinator and help us get material online, we always have spots open. You don't have to have experience in writing webpages, we can teach you what you need to know.

Your submissions to our website are greatly appreciated. There is a great deal of time involved in making the webpages to display your cemetery surveys, photographs, obituaries and other information. So, to make our job easier (and get your material online faster!) we ask that you follow these guidelines:

Photo Submission Guidelines

When submitting photos for posting, please let us know the following:

Cemetery name, City/Town, County, State

Photos need to be a minimum of 1200 X 1200 pixels. If they are larger, that is OK because we can crop them down. When submitting cemetery photos, it would be nice to have a gate photo to post on the index page. Directions to the cemetery, or an address would be good too, if you have it.

The best photo would be one that didn't contain a lot of background, just the COMPLETE headstone. You also want to make sure the words are legible. If they aren't, please send us a note as to the person's name, date of birth and date of death as it appears on the stone.

Take photos from directly overhead, like this,

NOT like this

If needed, take a full photo, then take one closer of each side of the stone. From the side, they are extremely difficult to read.

Also, take standing headstones from straight on like this:

DO NOT TAKE A PHOTO UPSIDE DOWN. We can rotate it, but it makes the stone look strange.

When taking mausoleum photos, please take them close enough to where you only get one or two names per photo at the maximum. They will show up much better. It is OK to send an overall photo of the building if you want to.

If you want a link back to you, let us know your name and the e-mail address that you would like for us to use. All photos will be posted with a copyright to the submitter.

Cemetery Surveys

The best format for a cemetery survey is in a Microsoft EXCEL file (.xls file) with columns named left to right:


Dates may be typed in the format of your choice but please be sure to include all four digits of the year. Very large cemeteries may need to be divided alphabetically or by section # so that the pages will load faster. If you can provide a cemetery layout map, or draw one, it will also be posted with the index. This would give a researcher an idea where a grave is located.

If interested, or have any questions, please email to Peggy Smith or Kim Hendrix


This page was updated: Sunday, 17-Jul-2011 15:58:05 CDT

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