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Colletta (#47089656)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I have been to cemeteries in at least 30 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands and Argentina.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan. Living in Marin County for over three decades.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend all my time in cemeteries (physically and virtually.) I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

For the most part, I only create newer memorials from obituaries that I have photographed or intend to photograph. This allows me to concentrate my time with cemeteries I am familiar with. My "numbers" are fairly high, but I know where each interred is within the cemetery.

I have finished photographing the following cemeteries in rural West Marin, Olema, Bolinas, Tomales Presbyterian, Tomales Catholic and Marshall. Have photographed B'nai Israel, Fernwood, Little Lake and Willits with continual visits for additions.

I traveled to Antarctica in 2009 and visited Grytviken Island, where Ernest Shackleton is interred. Stop by and leave a virtual flower for one of the mariners.

Rules about OBITUARIES

I follow the findagrave guidelines for posting obituaries written after 1923. Grey area to 1930 depending on situation. I extract the information needed to fill in the basic data, such as military and organization affiliation. Depending on the situation, I will rewrite or add other facts as well.

Please do not send me full obits, as I will not post them. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, you may do so.

I will not post the names of living individuals, nor allow the posting of obit photos lifted from the newspaper web-sites.

And for those of you who do post full obituaries without any sort of edit, please think about what you are doing. There is no need for the mortuary name, address, phone number, and other stuff like that which has NOTHING to do with the deceased. You are posting information meant for a one time obituary onto a forever platform. Have some common sense. Edit edit and edit!

I don't have my email listed, so please chose a random memorial "edit request" for a more personal note.

Photographers own copyright
Ask permission to use my photos
Now that Ancestry has added find-a-grave memorials to it's catalog, there is no reason to use someone else's photo for the family tree anymore. However, if you still want to do so, please advise me you are copying and pasting my photo. I am also happy to send an original jpg. Often times I have more photos and/or views, as well.

If I find my photos in your tree credited to you or no one, I will consider that stealing.

Credit my photographs as follows
Colletta member #47089656 at Find-a-grave

Thank you very much!

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Fay Carmichael
Oops, sorry. That was Harvey at Pleasant Hills.
Added by Fay Carmichael on Dec 26, 2014 3:33 AM
Fay Carmichael
Harvey at Mountain
Thank you for the enormous volume of work you have contributed to Find A Grave.

Would it be permissible to add your photos of my cousin's grandfather's family to our Ancestry tree - with your credit line?

Baltimore, Maryland
Added by Fay Carmichael on Dec 26, 2014 3:27 AM
randall gove
Clayton E Whited
I got your message about me plopping. Please forgive me for making a mistake. I hope your day gets better.
Added by randall gove on Dec 23, 2014 11:52 PM
Tall Boys
My beverage of choice is a tall glass of ice cold milk (straight up) with a homemade chocolate chip cookie chaser. Next week during my 5 day weekend I may make time for an adult beverage. In the meantime I'm almost out of chasers. There were so many duplicates to turn in. I would rather be on Santa's naughty list than the "deliberate duplicater" list at the main office.
Added by Samantha on Dec 20, 2014 4:16 AM
RE: Happy Holidays
Thank you for your kind words. Who knew one email would cause such a stir? lol

We need refills on those holiday drinks.

Take care and happy holidays!
Added by SFLondon on Dec 20, 2014 12:46 AM
Thomas Lang
Sure it is the same person? Identical DOB DOD?
Added by Thomas Lang on Dec 17, 2014 11:02 PM
Transcriptions declined: Lyle Edward Kittleson (1929 - 1985) & Helen (Huntington) Kittleson
Please share the rationale as to why since they were correct by line, case, font.

Philip in NYC
Added by pkarchs on Dec 14, 2014 6:31 AM
Mary Louise (Guldager) Bauer Bailey Caldwell
Done! Please check to see if it's correct.
Added by REHM on Dec 13, 2014 8:30 PM
Mary Louise (Guldager) Bauer Bailey Caldwell
Done! Please check to see if it's correct.
Added by REHM on Dec 13, 2014 7:07 PM
Robert Finch
Whorff Family Links
Colletta, thank you for your information about the rules and guidelines as I am still learning. I'll make a proper request when I've confirmed their burial locations. Thank you for all your efforts. - Rob Finch
Added by Robert Finch on Dec 07, 2014 12:11 AM
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