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Har37x (#47671892)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.

Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.

I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013

When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.

If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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Henry Cemetery

I was going to be in the Henry, IL area the weekend of April 26th, and have an interest in photographing any section of Henry cemetery that still needs to be done. If you or anyone you know has information about how complete this cemetery is, I would love to help out.....I have many ancestors buried there. Is there a burial list/record?

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA
Added by Fawn on Apr 14, 2014 3:28 PM
David H. Eckert
Benefiel Photo
Thank you very much for taking the time to photo Joseph's grave site. All the best. David
Added by David H. Eckert on Mar 31, 2014 7:45 PM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for getting the headstone photo of Aaron Smailing for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 31, 2014 3:37 AM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for getting the headstone photo of George Smailing for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 31, 2014 3:11 AM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for getting the headstone photo of Caroline White for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti.
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 31, 2014 3:10 AM
Darcy King
Photo request
Perfect! Thank you so much. I have been wondering about this for years.

Bless you.
Darcy Tharp King
Added by Darcy King on Mar 29, 2014 7:33 AM
Theo and Marietta Baker photo
Thanks for the photo of the plot. Sad when I see family with no stones but.....

Added by gengramma on Mar 27, 2014 8:15 PM
Bagatelle de Nemo
RE: Johanna Swanson.
OK, sorry for the mix up. If I didn't thank you before for going out in the freezing cold and taking the photos of the Swanson monuments, then I thank you now. If I did, then thank you again.
Added by Bagatelle de Nemo on Mar 27, 2014 9:54 AM
Vauna Stahl
Sabbie Harris Smith
Thanks for taking the picture of Sabbie's grave.
Added by Vauna Stahl on Mar 26, 2014 6:59 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
Charlotte E. Wilkins
Thanks Har for the GREAT picture of the tombstone of Charlotte E. Wilkins, whose mortal remains were laid in the Mount Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa, Illinois. Did you by chance see if you could read her date of death? If you didn't and if you ever go back, I'd love to know if her date of death is readable. Thanks for all you are doing. Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Mar 26, 2014 6:00 PM
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