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Linda Wong (#47894127)
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Alverne J. Hollingsworth
RE: Memorial #13038566
By all means...please post any thing you like.

Added by Alverne J. Hollingsworth on Mar 08, 2015 5:47 PM

Dean Hirst
RE: Memorial #95423658
Thank you for the info on Earl. If you ever start maintaining memorials let me know and I will forward what I have. That's what I'm here for, to help out where I can.

Added by Dean Hirst on Mar 03, 2013 4:46 PM

DJ Csikos
RE: Nancy Bates
I have been researching for nearly 30 years, so most of the obits and dates, marriages etc, came from court houses or libraries; now that Ancestry is adding so many of the actual index for death, marriage, even some births it has been much easier and I am now going back over the material gathered before. Census or obits show the people connected, NOW I can get the real dates.
I do have a large collection of DCerts from states that allow them out (mostly at reasonable prices)
I call funeral homes or cemeteries to confirm that a certain person is buried there & get the plot number (or some other piece of data); they usually will share some but not too much.
Usually cemeteries do not have the DCert or the obit, but the funeral home does. I usually hit the library or (HIRE SOMEONE to hit the library) for copies, at times I leave a message on Rootsweb message boards for help with a cem name or an obit. Not too much activity there anymore.
Many of the on-line obit collections are for the very recent. There are a few that have collections of old newspapers, but it is painstaking to "find" them.

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 08, 2012 10:57 AM

DJ Csikos
RE: Nancy Bates
When you get bombarded with information it is very easy to miss something. No problem & there IS NO DUMB QUESTION.
I have not used Ancestry for my own, first off because it is either so open or so closed AND it is a pay for site.
I DO SEARCH THERE...documents, census & OPW & newspapers; use it often.
I have a home genealogy program [PAF-personal ancestral file--been using that for a long time] downloaded free from (the Mormon church site). They no longer support the program because they are promoting their own on- line genealogy program. I have lots of living people & things like social security numbers in my notes. So I just started adding all my stuff to Find A Grave (controlling what I enter), you can't make a descendancy like you can from Rootsweb, so it takes a little more work to get more than 3 generations on a page.
I have NOT put much on Ancestry, just stuff I want to look for. Seems that everyone needs to be linked & the ones I look for most times are the spouses, so are not linked at the moment. Did not work for me. In all fairness, did not give it too much of a chance.
I also do not like the leafs they give. MOST are not the right people for me, can't control them enough either. Don't always agree with OPW (Other Peoples Work)

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 07, 2012 10:43 AM

DJ Csikos
RE: Nancy Bates
I like to help, so can explain sometime easier than Find A Grave does. Most of the things I have told you I found just to the left of this box in the pink section that shows actions. The 5th one does says help with Find A Grave, they have all kinds of weird things in there.

Now for the transfer. All the memorials were created by someone, sometimes family members add names like I did (check the memorials--they show created by___; in the same place you will see the date of creation & the number. That number is important as that is how Find A Grave does it job with links and transfers.
Some of the people creating memorials go out and read all the cemetery stones and then make memorials, some take old lists or I have heard of some who work with a funeral home and add all their names into Find A Grave...this group of people are not related to the peole they are entering. Some will transfer, some will not.

The reason to transfer is on all the memorials I created, you can only read & ask that I make corrections; if I transfer them, I can no longer make additions because now you "MAINTAIN" the memorial. There are general rules, you should be within 4 generation-direct line, some don't care about that & transfer anyone you want.
TO DO THIS...FIRST OFF check your BIO page, next to your name is YOUR NUMBER. I use it a lot, so I copy it to a notepad so I can easily copy-paste. In any case, copy your number, go to the memorial page of the person you want to maintain; in the very upper right corner is a tab for corrections (you likely used it to ask that a correction be made). Write a note asking for a transfer of the person, in the case you should say I wrote, you suggested a transfer, I am asking...
Please transfer to me; sign your name; add your number [I say--MY NUMBER-xxxxx]

The person who created the memorial then copies your number, goes to a transfer tab (that you can't see until you "own" a memorial); he will hit the key, add you number into the line provided & then it shows your name, he will say yes and it is yours.
You can then make corrections, you will also see a BIO key so you can add all the text like I did; you will also see a family tab so that you can add the number of the father, the mother, and the spouse of the person that you are working on.
There are some additional things, I can tell you about; but I am sure that you head is spinning right now.
copy this note, put it into your notepad (a program that is an accessory on your computer)
When you close this to look at the memorial, you can't read, but if you have both Find A Grave and notepad open you can read one and work on the other
Try things one step at a time, should work.
If you have lots of names that you have researched, check to see if anyone else has added them. IF NOT...then you can do so by using the pink block 4th item, add family and friends; do name, dates, places; cem location or if cremated there is a spot for those too; also unknown at this time. You can always go back in to make changes
I just did on Joseph, so you can see that it can be done.

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 06, 2012 9:35 PM

DJ Csikos
RE: Nancy Bates
Just read your notes about the not know about your Bates heritage as I did not trace Joseph back. There were also many English Bates and they were also in the Western PA area. family is thru Nancy Sherbondy; who was a Betts/Bates family member, she happened to marry a Bates that was not connected. Hence my Bates, your Bates.
Each person can have as many as 5 photos attached to their memorial, so depends upon what you have now and/or what you find-you could add more.
If you are looking at the family of Joseph & Nancy and see something that is should be there that is not. Tell me please.

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 06, 2012 8:38 PM

DJ Csikos
RE: Nancy Bates
That is just what I figured, I think you are doing a great job. Saw that you had 3 with frames one without. Go in and look at your BIO page, shows how many pictures you have uploaded. click on that and you will see the list of the names for whom you added photos, you will notice by the name the little tombstone (cemstone photo), and the picture frame (the person photo)
I help new people work with doing genealogy all the time, so the "teacher" in me comes out, not trying to be preachy.

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 06, 2012 8:27 PM

DJ Csikos
Nancy Bates
Got a question...did you post her photo as a photo or as a gravestone, there is no picture frame showing that there is a photo. Just wondering. PS: Like the comments left on photos. Really helps.

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 06, 2012 5:14 PM

DJ Csikos
Changed spelling and added middle name, if you have other changes you want made, please let me know, will do so.
I listed Effie as I do all the spouses...figure if you want to create memorials for her parents we can then link them in a proper fashion. I just don't do spousal parents. Got enough names to research without doing those too.

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 06, 2012 3:53 PM

DJ Csikos

Added by DJ Csikos on Aug 06, 2012 3:38 PM


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