A. E. Jordan
I am restarting the cemetery photographing projects now that spring has returned to New York and first up I will do a visit to Mt Hebron in Queens. NYC. (Next in order is likely to be Mt Zion for people who want to advance plan/research.)
Process I follow is fairly simple in offering to take photos for people.
You ID the grave from the cemetery's online database and send me the details. I take a photo and email it to you and in turn I appreciate a few dollars to help defer the expense of doing this for everyone, ie gasoline money.
I am happy to help out where I can, but please don't send me a generic name and ask me to find the person at the cemetery and please don't send me around the cemetery to find the 20 people named Jack Cohen because one of them might possibly be your long lost cousin. The cemetery is massive and a few people have asked me to do that and it is a very slow process that takes a lot of time and gasoline, etc.
Mt Hebron is one of the best organized cemeteries and has a very good database and you can also call the office and they will help with some additional information on the telephone. They know where a person died for example. You can also easily manipulate their database to see other people in the same plot with the same family name. I believe they charge $25 though per photo.
It is better if you search the name on the Mt Hebron database versus the commercial Find a Grave because the position information and data is better at Mt Hebron.
A few people asked me last fall for photos at Mt Hebron that did not get done because winter set in. Please feel free to re-request or I will look for the requests and see if you still want them.
Feel free to ask me questions via email and ask about other NYC area cemeteries because I will visit most of them as the spring/summer progresses. There's a few I do not go to because of distance or safety issues.
Please respect the discussion group and send your specific requests to me privately by replying to this email or my email address aejordan at aol dot com.