Rubbing and take pictures at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY #photographs

Sharon Ann Dror

I contacted Washington Cemetery in NY. They are not offering to do any photo requests due to COVID. They said to call back in about 3-6 months. 8:30am - 3:30pm. People can go there themselves and take pictures...
I am wondering if you personally know someone that would be willing to go to this cemetery and take a picture. I believe they will need to do a rubbing job to get a clearer picture as it is hard to read the letters right now.
Annie (Nechama bat Eliezer) Smith Blumberg
Cemetery #2, Post 222, Row 2, Grave #1
Died July 18, 1900
Washington Cemetery
5400 Bay Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Please let me know.

Sharon Ann Dror

Joel weiner

Rubbings should not be done under any circumstance, as it will worsen the condition of an already worn stone. Photographs, with proper auxiliary lighting, or wetting of the stone to improve contrast, are best bet.

Joel Weiner

Lee Jaffe

 Instead of rubbing, try using aluminum foil, pressing the sheets onto the surface of the stone with a soft brush or sponge. The cheaper the foil the better. It's remarkable how well it works.  There are a lot of good sources for ways to read old headstones : here's one.

Lee David Jaffe

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland


Adam Sugerman

Hi, Sharon -

I'm headed to Washington Cemetery tomorrow to take pics of a family stone and can try to take a photo of a foil imprint based on Lee Jaffe's recommendation. Let me know if that would be helpful. It's a one-day offer only: I'm in from Kauai and hitting the cemetery tomorrow, so good timing on your post.

-Adam Sugerman

Linda Higgins

Go to  (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness).  They have volunteers who do these things for people. I used to do it before I moved from New Orleans.  Click on the state and take it from there.  It gives the random acts that each volunteer will do and it contacts them for you.  Good luck!

Linda Higgins
Spring, TX

Madeleine Isenberg

Before having people go out to photograph, aside from, and JOWBR, I suggest checking also the resource of  Some of the Jewish genealogy societies even have a complimentary license available to their dues-paying members.

There is a rather large size photo of Annie BLUMBERG's stone on that site.  It is a little hard to read, but still readable.

Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLÜCKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.
GOLDBERG, TARNOWSKI in Chmielnik and KHANISHKEVITCH in Kielce, Poland

Sarah L Meyer

The Find A Grave Facebook group has suggestions relative to the best way  to photograph a stone like yours.  It involves going out early or late and taking a friend and a large mirror to shine the light on the stone from an oblique angle.  Apparently there are some  Youtube videos about how to do this. Good luck
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania