My grandmother, Fay Byington, was an avid genealogist throughout her life, and was a professional genealogist in her later years. She was quite a funny woman! I loved the way she would laugh as she would tell me stories about her life.
When I was taking care of her, in her later years, she would do that funny little laugh as she told me that she wanted to have a bench put under the tree at the cemetery by her headstone so that her descendants could come and enjoy a visit with her. Then she would tell me how it would be so fun to have it set up so that whenever anyone sat on that bench, they would hear her speak to them from the grave! I laughed with her and thought,”There is no way for that to happen!”. This was at the time when cassette tapes were about the best recording devices there were.
When I heard about the QR codes and how they were being put on headstones to remember the dead, I decided that was a good way for her wish to come true!
A QR code is basically used with smart phones. There are some free programs or apps that you can download to your phone or iPad that will scan QR codes. You scan the code and it will take you directly to the webpage encoded in it. I have seen a lot of companies start using them for advertisement.
I created a short YouTube video, which included some pictures of both my grandparents and then added each one of them telling about their lives in an interview that my father, Jimmy Parker (also a professional genealogist) recorded. I tried to match some of their pictures with what they were talking about, but if I couldn’t, I just put a picture of them. I also did one for my father when he passed away a few years ago. What better way for their descendants to get to know them better, than by their own voice and advice!
All you really need is a program that can publish a short video to YouTube, pictures and some music if desired. You do need to be aware of copyright on the music. There are a several free sites on the internet that will create the code for you from the YouTube web address you provide. Some companies will also engrave the QR code to a weather resistant metal piece that I put on my grandparents headstone.
This article was written and submitted by Tara Scott. Mrs. Scott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.