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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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Messages left for Har37x (1691)[Leave Message]
John Tew
RE: Permission to use photos
Thank you very much!
Added by John Tew on May 02, 2016 9:37 AM
Ruth Ellen Bartels
Headstone for Robert & Marjorie Coghill
Thanks so much for finding this headstone. It's no wonder that other searchers couldn't find it, even with the site location: it's the Moburg family headstone (Mrs. Coghill's family). I really appreciate your efforts in finding and recording this headstone.
Added by Ruth Ellen Bartels on Apr 29, 2016 10:37 AM
Thanks SO much for the photo of their stone. It gave me the dob for both of them! Another puzzle piece found because you took the time to photograph their stone for me. I truly appreciate your time in doing this.
Added by GrammaL on Apr 27, 2016 6:32 AM
jane austin
Maetzold Family
Thank you so much for the photos of the Maetzold family at Oakwood Cemetery. I really appreciate your service to the Find A Grave community. Photos make it real.
Added by jane austin on Apr 26, 2016 4:10 PM
Fannie and John Dedrick
Thank you so much for taking and adding the photos of Fannie and John. They were good friends of my grandfathers and I appreciate your efforts.
Added by Mindy on Apr 25, 2016 3:40 PM
Don and Helen Wilson
Thanks so much for photo of their headstone. I appreciate it.
Added by JFI on Apr 25, 2016 2:08 PM
Andrew Miller
Christina Svensdotter
Thanks for looking up, locating, and photographing the grave site for her. I also appreciate that it is a bit of a wide angle so I can see the area around the site. :-)
Added by Andrew Miller on Apr 25, 2016 1:32 PM
James Monier
Thank you for taking the picture of James's headstone. I really appreciate it!
Added by Tonna on Apr 21, 2016 3:01 PM
Bonni Kaiser
Stuepfert pics
Thanks so much for the pictures.
Added by Bonni Kaiser on Apr 20, 2016 8:55 AM
Gayla Oman
Thanks for adding photos!!
Added by Gayla Oman on Apr 18, 2016 10:56 AM
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