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Tombstone Photographs are not an Invasion of Privacy

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From: MADFARRELL@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
I had offered to a stranger, from a note on a message board, to photograph tombstones on Staten Island where I live. Finally, the snow has largely melted and I called the cemetery and was told it was unlawful to photograph tombstones! (Invasion of privacy). Can you tell me anything more about that? I have been photographing tombstones in several Staten Island cemeteries for various people and was never advised that it was illegal. If you cannot tell me, would you please suggest where I might find out about it?

DearMAD,
I would be MAD too. This is the most preposterous thing I've ever heard. Genealogists are known for taking photographs of tombstones. Whose privacy are you invading? This decedent will not be complaining. His descendants are the ones who asked you to photograph the tombstone.

Just go in there like you have a right to be there, which you do. Take your pics, and leave. If you need help locating the grave, let the office know who you are looking for and go from there. The sextant's records are public records. Mark the location on the cemetery map. Then, as you humbly bow your head in thoughtful pose, snap that picture.

Have any other readers encountered such a ridiculous problem?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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