There are many reasons why an ancestor doesn’t have a headstone, and that can be disappointing. But even when we find that elusive marker, they don’t always provide the information we’re looking for. Below is a photo of my 2x great grandmother who is buried in Perry-McFarlen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, Michigan. It is completely encrusted in lichen. The first photo below was taken a few years ago and slightly improved in photoshop. When I was in the area recently on a beautiful sunny day, I went back to see if I could get a better photo. The second picture is the result of me using the shadows created by the noon sun to my benefit.
I always carry my little Elph camera with me because my iphone camera is great but has it’s limits. The Elph is light, easy to put in my pocket and takes great pictures.
The Association for Gravestone Studies has been a great help to me and maybe it can help you too.