Quick Response Code (QR Code) And Tombstones!; Convey Your Family History Long After You Are Gone From Your Gravesite!

Hi Everyone!

I just came across a blog post by Dick Eastman that sure indicates where grave site technology is headed.

Hopefully, you are aware of what is referred to today as a “QR code”.  If you were to look at my handouts or newsletter that are electronically part of this blog in the right sidebar, you will see a cryptic looking image that looks like an ink blot to some degree.

In fact, here is my QR code that when scanned with a smartphone and the appropriate software would take that smartphone to the internet and specifically to my blog address at WordPress. 

Well, Dick Eastman’s article now indicates that tombstones are becoming the next method for utilizing QR codes.  That is correct.  You can now have a QR code inscribed on a tombstone.  If someone at the cemetery sees this on a tombstone they can scan the QR Code with their smartphone and it will take them on the web to a web site you have pre-determined that may very well share your life history and genealogy!

You need to pre-plan and develop a web site in advance of your own demise so researchers can scan your QR Code that would appear on your tombstone and get to your pre-set web site of choice for you to share information about yourself with the person standing over your grave.

You will sure need someone trustworthy and reliable to maintain your web site link over a long, long, long time.  Otherwise, I guess someone scanning your QR Code 150 years from now might just get the proverbial “404 Error; Website Not Found” message.

As we know,  technology changes so fast that who knows what your QR Code in 150 years will mean to the person standing over your grave.  That might be an interesting archaeological moment on interpreting cryptic symbols!

Anyhow, here is the link to Dick Eastman’s QR code on Tombstones blog post:

QR Codes and Tombstones from Dick Eastman’s Blog

Enjoy it!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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