If you are like me, you keep the GPS/locational device/geo-tagging turned off on your phone and camera. I like my privacy and since I have no plans to call for a splash crowd gathering or have anyone follow me, I keep it turned off.
Today’s tip is …. turn on your geo-tagging on your camera or phone when you shoot those photos out in the field of gravestones, cemetery entrances, ancestral homes, chruches, historical markers, etc.
Not only are more sites utilizing this information to make uploading and tracking easier, it is great information to have for your records.
I keep these geo-tags for references if I am going to be returning, especially to a grave! I may *think* I remember exactly where in that new cemetery that grave is, but I know from experience I will get back there, probably with limited time and a guest in tow and not quite get it right! Plus I have surprised myself with returning to a rural cemetery, being in the proper area, but not recalling exactly where on the rural road the entrance, or last turn is to find it! With the GPS coordinates on the tag, I can get there with no trouble and save time and tramping around to find a specific stone or grave site! Although I have never felt that time spent tramping in a cemetery is ever wasted!
Plus if I am directing a family member or other person to a grave, cemetery, church, marker, etc. it is sure nice to be able to give them the coordinates and let them plug it in their GPS and get there easily!
In the case of some of my earlier ancstors, there are no markers, so I can also geo-tag the location of their grave if I know the plot, section, grave, etc. for my photo and reference too.
Then, just remember, after you take the photos, to turn that little thing back off!
I hope this helps a bit and that you each have a wonderful Saturday!
Onward To Our Past,