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Deborah Rudy (#47416386)
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Bio Photo I saw my aunt spend more than 2 decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's simply wonderful now to be able to do so much ancestor research online, thanks in part to Find A Grave VOLUNTEERS!

I'm tracing my paternal line, which is presenting so many challenges. They traveled from northern Switzerland to PA in the early 1700's and their records and graves are well hidden by the passage of time. When I do find their kin, I know I will want to see photos of their graves, to glean data and leads, and will need help from Find A Grave photo volunteers. So, in return, I am happy to help fulfill requests for photos of your ancestors headstones in my hometown cemeteries or nearby.

I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo. So I am adding as many headstone photos as I can to already posted, memorials from cemeteries in my hometown from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's that have no photo.

I work from actual headstones, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, town records, historical county records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records and Federal mortality schedules. Every fact for any photo or memorial I post has been researched. So if you send me an edit, please also cite the source of the edit information.

On the memorials of local graves that I add, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of local headstones.

If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding my long lost PA. Shaffer pre-1860 kinfolk, their first names, and their burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.

Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve the past.
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Robert Viguers
About Davidson
I had asked Dennis to do a profile on him, I would like to give Dennis a chance to answer before I transfer.
I'm not sure about the old headstones from Shoop's but I think they were buried with the remains. A really detailed history of this cemetery is needed but not sure to much is there to learn. Because cemetery was on both sides of Rt. 22 at one time makes me wonder if people were buried on both sides of road or if sometime in the distant past Rt.22 cut through cemetery.
Added by Robert Viguers on Aug 14, 2014 9:05 AM
James Clair
I meant Daniel. Don't know why I said David.
Added by James Clair on Aug 14, 2014 5:25 AM
James Clair
Deborah, Thank you for the David and JJ Rudy info. Just to let you know I made a memorial for JJ. Johannes Jacob Rudy. In bio I show his name Americanized John. I will be waiting for the memorial headstone picture. Thanks again, Jim
Added by James Clair on Aug 14, 2014 5:22 AM
James Clair
Shoops Cemetery
Deborah, Can you tell me if Daniel and his brother John were reburied or were they covered by the roadwork. Thanks for the Rudy work that you are doing. Still working on Rudys of Gods House. One of these days I hope to have Chapter 5 updated.
Added by James Clair on Aug 12, 2014 7:15 AM
Robert Viguers
RE: Preston Miller
About Preston Miller---it's just not that important just now, I've been busy, wife has chemo or other treatments for her cancer, I run her to wherever she must go and now although I feel fine with no aches or pains have been told I have lung cancer so all our time goes to keeping doctors gainfully employed!
Dr. asked me how I feel and I answered I feel fine but I'm sure you will fix that! Thanks for the offer! Bob
Added by Robert Viguers on Jul 26, 2014 10:35 AM
RE: Schoffstall
Thank you bunches for the correction. I corrected the error and he is now in the proper cemetery. Must have been one of those days that I was doing 20 million things at once and that got mismatched with the wrong person.
Added by Imhoff on Jul 23, 2014 8:13 PM
edward smith
Thank you very much for the photo Deborah!
Added by edward smith on Jul 20, 2014 5:15 AM
Peter Potteicher
Thank you for the lovely photo, it looks good.
Added by Gloria on Jul 20, 2014 5:07 AM
RE: Snodgrass
Thanks, Deborah! I have read it, and although I found it very interesting, unfortunately it wasn't very illuminating. Oh well, I'll just keep digging!
Added by FxAndrew on Jul 12, 2014 12:00 AM
William Clark
Most of the Treasurers of the United States are designated as famous, including William Clark. The first woman treasurer (who is buried near my home) is not, however, even though I think all of the Treasurers should be. I have a virtual cemetery of the Treasurers of the United States ( and almost all of them have photographs of their markers. I'm hoping to get photos posted for those that are lacking them.
Added by DSH on Jul 09, 2014 10:27 PM
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