15 Item Grab-N-Go Cemetery Bag – BillionGraves

https://blog.billiongraves.com/2018/10/09/15-item-grab-n-go-cemetery-bag/BillionGraves blog.

Standard disclaimer:

I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert.

While I agree with most of the items in the bag, I disagree with at least one – aluminum foil. While it may not be as destructive as using bleach or cornstarch, it can damage an older headstone just as easily.

Here’s my Rule #1 for doing things in a cemetery: Ask the cemetery staff which is and isn’t allowed. Oftentimes, doing anything to a headstone or plot is NOT allowed. FYI, you don’t own the cemetery plot (you or your family member owns burial rights in the plot), and once a headstone goes into a cemetery, the cemetery’s rules cover what you can and can’t do to it. Plus, if you damage a headstone, you may be held civilly or criminally liable for the damage. It won’t matter that you didn’t intend to damage it. Another reason to ask is because some cemeteries have a No Photographing policy: https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2012/10/22/cemetery-photos-permission-required/. You can thank a small number of people who think they can ignore cemetery rules for some cemeteries adopting pretty harsh rules.

Be aware of the neighborhood the cemetery is in. An uncle is buried in New Orleans, Louisiana in a cemetery that’s in a bad part of the city. As much as I would love to find his grave and visit it as well as photograph it, I would need somebody in the area to let me know the safest way to get into and out of the cemetery with minimal risk. Also, being in a safer neighborhood doesn’t mean you are safe as a local cemetery has the occasional drug deal going down and having a cell phone with a camera is a good way to get on their bad side. Ideally, going with one or more teammates is a good thing.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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