Y’all know that I am doing a major overhaul of my genealogy file (remember my massive scanning project?) One of the things on my list of things to do is add grave marker photos. Adding the ones I took myself is no problem at all but if someone else took the photo I need to ask permission to use it. Not only is it common courtesy, it is also an issue of federal copyright law.
This is my great-aunt Ada (Simmons) Bounds, my grandfather’s oldest sister. I visited her grave at the Grantham Cemetery in Lamar County, Mississippi in 2001 but I didn’t take a photograph of the marker. I was so happy to see her marker on Find A Grave. I sent the photographer an email asking permission to download his photograph and use it in my personal file. I also asked his permission to use it on the blog. He very kindly gave me permission and that is why you get to see this great photo.
I have never had anyone tell me that I couldn’t use their photo. So what would I did if someone did say no? I would have to find someone else who is willing to give me permission go out and take another photo for me. If not through Find A Grave then maybe through the local historical or genealogical society. I have a similar problem right now that I am working on. My father has a memorial marker at Matecumbe Memorial Gardens in Islamorada, Florida (he was cremated). The Find A Grave contributor that took the photo has since died so I can’t ask his permission. I will need someone to go out and snap a new photo for me. If any of you blog readers happens to be in the Keys, let me know.
I want to tell you a little something extra about my great-aunt Ada. When my grandfather was born his mother died in childbirth. His oldest sister Ada had a baby on the very same day that her brother was born. Ada took her brother and nursed him alongside her own daughter Della. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Ada though I never met her. She died two years before I was born.
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