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rlahistory (#46847907)
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All headstones photographed and submitted by me have been posted to Find A Grave, Ancestry, and Arizona Gravestones. These photos are intended to preserve the headstone in digital image for genealogical research. As a volunteer, I did not request permission to photograph from the cemetery or family who purchased the headstones. My intent is to provide a photographic record to the community not about numbers and ownership. No copyright claim is attached to the images and permission is not required for their usage.

As a researcher, I am in awe of the dedicated volunteers who drive hundreds of miles, invest their time in walking cemeteries in all kinds of weather, and then invest their time in processing thousands of photos for upload to find a grave. This is a monumental contribution and unrecognized by those limiting themselves to appropriating "their" family. Volunteers generously photograph both family and strangers in order to preserve all of our history. The updates and links are again provided by volunteers who see value in contributing our time to add to the record of all memorials. I am grateful to each and every volunteer who has allowed me the use of their credited photo.

To usurp a volunteer's contribution based on "family" connections fails to recognize the generosity of time and labor that went before the creation of the memorial. Prior to Ancestry's ownership of the site, it was difficult and cumbersome to update the memorials. For volunteers adding thousands of memorials, this added considerable time to maintaining and updating the memorials. Transferring made sense then so that a member could process the updates for the sake of the record. This is no longer the case.

Ancestry has made several updates that allow anyone be it family or contributor to add, correct and link families together. The "ownership" of memorials is now an archaic practice that may benefit the ego of some individuals. These are the same individuals putting in countless photo requests without contributing in return. Do you own a census record simply because your family is listed or is it a vehicle that benefits generations to come? Of the hundreds of descendants, who is the most entitled to "own" the memorial. For those people who have contributed few memorials but are "maintaining" hundreds, shame on you. Ancestry offers "virtual cemeteries" for those whose primary goal is "ownership" of the public records.

I retain memorials that I am actively researching and linking to their family. I thoroughly research all information and links for each and every memorial I add or update, not just family connections.
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Barbara Anne (Brownell) Potter
Ruth Brownell
You have asked me to add the death place for her. Would you mind letting me know where you found her death place. Massachusetts, USA

Thank you
Added by Barbara Anne (Brownell) P... on Jun 17, 2016 2:05 PM
Ruthann Grace
William S. Metzler
William S. Metzler is not buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona. He is buried in Naco, Sonora at the Naco Cemetery known as Panteon Municipal. Please see FindAGrave Memorial #158026157 which includes a photograph of his gravestone. Please remove your incorrect memorial.
Added by Ruthann Grace on Jun 12, 2016 1:13 PM
K.L. Toler
Pete Burke Story
I am researching this person for my web site. I originally thought he should be listed as a line of duty death for SD Sheriff, even thought he was a deputy Constable at the time... I also did not find him on the officer down memorial web site. After reading your story on him I am even more intrigued. I own sandiegobadge.com and was writing a another story which ended up in Imperial County when I found the LA Herold articles about Burke. Based on your characterization maybe I should leave well enough alone.... but now I am curious. Cam you direct me to your sources on his history?

Thanks.... Ken
Added by K.L. Toler on Jun 11, 2016 9:10 PM
K.A. (Barlow) Coffey
Nemeth
Antonia Colin Nemeth 142595931 husband Lawrence Allen is buried in the Carroll Family Cemetery in Lawrence County Ohio. There is only 19 graves. His Find A Grave number is 163477882.
Added by K.A. (Barlow) Coffey on May 30, 2016 2:19 PM
Rey Burruel
Hello
Could you please connect Enedina Padilla and Vincent S. "Vicente" Padilla to their mother Lugarda Sanchez Padilla( #162858848 )?

Thank you

Added by Rey Burruel on May 22, 2016 1:25 AM
KEFleming
Jose Ramirez
Thank you for your correction on the year of birth.. I did see that when I originally looked him up but decided to go with what was on the stone. Now there are both dates. Family can decide.
I worked for years making out death certificates at the hospital and know that at that time families are under stress and makes lots of mistakes or don't even agree on the date. The information is given by one not the person who is in question and always has to be taken with a grain of salt. That is why death certificates or even birth are not a primary proof.
Kay E Fleming
Added by KEFleming on May 18, 2016 4:04 PM
Ruthann Grace
William S. Metzler
Your Memorial #109584040 is not correct. We refer you to Memorial #158026157 which has correct information including the location of William Metzler's burial and a photograph of his gravestone.
Added by Ruthann Grace on May 04, 2016 11:03 PM
RAMONA RIVERA
RE: Ramon Rivera
DONT COME ON HERE PUTTING ME DOWN LIKE YOU THINK YOU KNOW MY FAMILY MORE THEN ME THEY ARE MY BLOOD SO STOP TELLING ME I DONT KNOW THEM AND STAY OUT OF MY LIFE IF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY YES I DID MAKE MISTAKES ON SOME THINGS WHEN I WAS LEARNIG HOW TO DO THIS OTHER THEN TAHT IT IS UP TO GOD TO SAY I AM NOT GOOG NOT YOU SO IF YOU WANT ME TO BE NICE TO YOU THEN YOU DO THE SAME FOR ME I AM PART OF THE FAMILY SO LIVE WITH IT.
Added by RAMONA RIVERA on Apr 03, 2016 11:28 PM
KEFleming
Refugio (Ruth) Alvarez
I posted a picture of a Refugio Alvarez wife of Juan C. Alvarez, whom I think is the person for whom you made this memorial # 132347340. The dates
are slightly different. I found Oct 26, 1989 and death Jan 1976.
If this is not the same person as the picture I posted let me know and I will remove the picture.
You might want to link her to Juan C. ALVAREZ # 15894814 if that is her husband.
KE Fleming
Added by KEFleming on Mar 05, 2016 4:42 PM
KEFleming
123509146 Mercedes Valenzuelz
I posted a picture of a Mercedes Valenzuela but the dates I found in the SS death index are slightly different from the ones you posted.
I got Sep 24, 1936 and Aug 1973.
If this is not the same Mercedes V. I will take the pictures off.
The grave was right next to a Henry V Valenzuela 1942-1984.
Kay
Added by KEFleming on Jan 25, 2016 8:22 PM
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