“50 Things I Learned While Photographing 50,000 Tombstones”, by Dina Carson

August 15 Topic: “50 Things I Learned While Photographing 50,000 Tombstones”, by Dina Carson

Long before Findagrave or Billiongraves, while searching the Internet for information on her own family history, Dina Carson stumbled across a website dedicated to preserving the information on gravestones and helping genealogical researchers locate the burial places of their ancestors.
Out of curiosity, she searched the database for Boulder, Colorado and discovered that no one had volunteered to photograph these historic cemeteries. Since then, she has photographed more than 100 early cemeteries across Colorado (and a few elsewhere), taking more than 100,000 photographs in the process. She’ll give you her insights and tips for taking good photographs in the cemetery.



Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876).

She is the author of more than a dozen annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on a state-wide indexing project.  When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.