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Old 11-02-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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Cemetery photos: permission required? | The Legal Genealogist

Findagrave came immediately to mind. Should anyone take the initiative to go through and search for pictures that violated cemetery rules, a lot of them may have to be deleted. I shouldn't think the memorial itself would be affected, but the owner would have go back and obtain permission to upload a picture of the tombstone.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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wow that is really odd is it not ? I would so be in trouble because I take photos of headstones and cemetarys all the time . take care .
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Deer Creek/Edmond, OKla
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Most cemeteries I take pictures at don't have offices to ask and I don't think anyone is going to mind as long as you aren't messing up the property/graves.

I can see getting permission to do professional photo shoots in a cemetery, and I agree with not photographing a mourning family, but to impose rules/fines on taking pictures of headstones seems silly. Seems like someone likes having control.... of everything.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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As long as the cemetery is not on private property or gated off, I just assumed you're allowed to take pictures.

At the cemeteries I have taken pictures of nobody has said anything.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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As long as the cemetery is not on private property or gated off, I just assumed you're allowed to take pictures.

At the cemeteries I have taken pictures of nobody has said anything.
You've been very lucky.....so far. Graveyards are NOT public domain and as such require permission to even step foot on the grounds.

The right way photograph in a cemetery is to find either the sexton or the caretaker and get permission to photograph the grounds. Failing to do that means you are trespassing and get into a real jam if some damage is found after you visit even if you didn't do any damage.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Interesting.

Considering many graveyards are all but abandoned, this seems absurd.

I understand actively tended places, which are still receiving burials, though.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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Interesting.

Considering many graveyards are all but abandoned, this seems absurd.

I understand actively tended places, which are still receiving burials, though.
Absurd or not if you trespass on ANY grave yard you better be willing to run in to legal trouble...........
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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Absurd or not if you trespass on ANY grave yard you better be willing to run in to legal trouble...........
How about all of those little abandoned family plots that you come across back in the woods?

What constitutes ownership? I'd have to call a bloomin surveyor in some cases.

Actually, this sparks some wondering about who is making sure that long paid for plots stay safe. How many old cemeteries are slowly fading away into the landscape?
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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And what of those of us that visit our relatives? My family has been here for almost 400 years. They are buried in many places. I don't need permission to visit them... if I can prove descent, can I photograph their headstone? (obviously no one is going to ask for proof for a 200+ year old grave. Just pondering.)
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Absurd or not if you trespass on ANY grave yard you better be willing to run in to legal trouble...........
From the posted article:

"Now not every cemetery has restrictions on photography. Many small cemeteries donít have those kinds of rules; many smaller cemeteries and cemeteries that no longer accept burials donít even have an active management to contact to ask for permission. I certainly wouldnít hesitate to take a photograph in a cemetery where there was no office and no staff on site to ask. "

I maintain that in very old cemeteries the risk of "legal trouble" is nearly nil.
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