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General Instructions for Downloading, Extracting, and Using STONEPICS.EXE

The instructions on this page for downloading and extracting stonepics.exe are designed for experienced users running under most versions of Windows who are comfortable with navigating around the file system of their computer and with extracting compressed zipped files.

(Note: A Windows error message stating that this is, "Not a valid Win32 application" is generated when the download process terminated prematurely and the entire file was not successfully downloaded. If repeated attempts are unsuccessful, the problem may be that you are using either Internet Explorer or your service provider is AOL. If you are using Microsoft Internet explorer, it has probably cached the incomplete file. Go to TOOLS > INTERNET OPTIONS... > GENERAL and DELETE FILES. Next check the box to DELETE ALL OFF-LINE CONTENT. If you are using AOL with a slow dial-up connection, the problem may be that AOL is terminating your connection during the download process which they consider to be a period of inactivity. To combat the AOL design defect, you should occasionally check your e-mail until the download is complete so that AOL doesn't treat your connection as inactive. Also you might try downloading in the middle of the night or some other time when internet traffic is relative quiet.)

Click on the file name stonepics.exe to download the self-extracting zip file. Save it onto your desktop or in any folder that is easy to find again. Double-click on the file to extract the contents. If you chose the default directory name, the extraction process will create a folder named  c:\stonepics  that will contain these files:

  1. bignames.txt - a text file containing over 221,000 cemetery records which can be searched visually or with dig.exe.

  2. bn_help.htm - an HTML file containing information helpful for interpreting records in bignames.txt. It's identical to one of the web pages at this website.

  3. dig.exe - a 32-bit Windows application designed for searching bignames.txt.

  4. dig_help.htm - an HTML help file containing instructions and examples for dig.exe. It's identical to one of the web pages at this website.

Read the help files in order to maximize your success in finding family records. If you are anxious just to have a look, double-click on any of the files to open/start them.

Save the stonepics.exe zip file in this same directory so that if one of the files or some of the records from bignames.txt are accidentally deleted, they can easily be restore by double-clicking on stonepics.exe again.