Headstone Photo Project

Headstone Photo Project – Phase 3

As of today 99% of the headstone photos have been loaded into the personal grave pages.  We still have to load the Unknown headstones and then go back and see which graves are missing headstones.   Also, we’ll be going through all of the photos one more time to see which ones need to be re-taken due to poor picture quality, bad lighting, or bad angle.

If you have any additional photos or an obituary that you would like added please feel free to contact us at jeffreycemetery@gmail.com

Phase 4 will be the Audit phase where we will go back to the cemetery and re-take photos and most important, we’ll go through the cemetery and review each grave to ensure that we have the right headstone located in the right place in the database.  We have taken, processed and loaded over 1,190 headstone photos this past year so we know that some mistakes may have been made in matching the headstones to the correct graves.  If you find any headstone placements that are not correct, dates are wrong, or names are wrong please let us know so that we can correct them.

Posted: May 19, 2012, updated July 14, 2022

Headstone Photo Project – Phase 4

During the annual Homecoming reunion on June 25, 2012 we completed the audit phase of this project.  We also took photos of new burials and took several re-takes.  Once we add the new photos this week the inventory and photo project will be complete.  We’ll then shift into maintenance mode.

Our next project for the site will be expanding the genealogy research section where we will work with family members to add qualified genealogy data for the persons interred here.

We would like to thank Tom Owen, Association Secretary/Treasurer, for his tremendous help in completing this project.  We couldn’t have done it without his assistance.

Gregg and Mary (Cole) Sterner

Posted: June 30, 2012

Headstone Photo Project – Phase 2

The editing of the photos is progressing slowly.  So far we’ve processed 859 photos with 335 to go. We’ve also sorted out 63 photos that are either duplicate or unusable.

At this time we are renaming the photos to the family names so that we can load them into the database for each grave.  We’re also enhancing the color to make them more readable.  Lastly, we’re straighting and cropping the photos so the headstone is predominant in the picture just like the ones shown in the photo to the left.

We’re hoping to be halfway through the project by the 2012 Homecoming reunion.  We will be bringing our computers to the Homecoming so family members can contribute more photos and Obituaries for their deceased loved ones.

More later.

Gregg & Mary (Cole) Sterner

Posted: Oct. 29, 2011

All Headstone Photos Have Been Completed – Phase 1

What a job.  This past weekend, Oct. 15-16, 2011 we completed our first photo session.  We photographed every headstone in the cemetery and we have re-inventoried all graves.  The graves registration data will be uploaded to the web site database next week.  Once the database is loaded we will start attaching headstone images and grave location maps.

We took over 1750 photos of headstones, foot stones, service stones, and infant stones.  We now have to edit each photo to crop them and reduce their file size for web display.  We will be offering you the opportunity to download the headstones in their original full size format.

We used the Canon EOS Rebel T2i Black 18.0 MP 3.0″ 1.04M LCD Digital SLR Camera w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens with a UV filter to take most photos.

We worked from 8am to 3pm on Saturday and 8am to 11:30am on Sunday.

Once we have edited all of the photos we’ll be making a list of those headstones that need to be re-taken.  Because of time constraints we wanted to get at least one photo of every headstone.  In some cases the photo was taken too early in the day causing too many shadows or it was too late in the afternoon to get a good lighted frontal picture.

Since all headstones face east, pictures for the up-right sitting headstones have to be taken between 9am and 1pm.  Pictures for th up-right and slanted face pictures can be taken as late as 2pm.  Pictures of foot stones and service stones which lay flat need to be taked between 11am and 3pm for best overhead lighting.  Obviously, in an attempt to get at least one photo per headstone some headstones have too much shadow requiring them to be photographed again.

Hopefully by the time of the 2012 reunion we’ll have most everything on-line for everyone to enjoy.

We want to thank Tom Owen for all his help.  Tom is the keeper of the master grave registrations and has assisted us in this project from the beginning.

We look forward to seeing everyone next spring.

Gregg and Mary (Cole) Sterner

Posted: Oct. 21, 2011


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The Jeffrey Cemetery site has been developed on the WordPress platform.

The Cemetery Management WordPress plug-in is Cemeteriat designed and written by Ed Thompson.

The custom Jeffrey Cemetery Theme template was designed and developed by Gregg Sterner using the Artister Automated Web Designer.

Photo editing was completed with Adobe Photoshop CS5

Audio editing was completed using Audacity 2.0

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