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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 10 years, 3 months, 13 days
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Please do NOT hesitate to contact me if you wish that a family member's memorial be removed. I understand that the resting places of loved ones are very special and personal. My intention to create these memorials is to share and hopefully help those who are seeking out burials for either family research or for viewing family markers. Personally, I have a memorial set up for my father and I don't have it in me to add a picture of his gravestone. Just too final I guess. I have special pictures of him up for family to see. If someone else were to add a picture of his tombstone I would prob. ask that they take it down. This is very personal to me. So I understand how someone might feel about this...I totally respect your request and understand completely.


This is a picture of my son who had accompanied me on one of many trips to old cemeteries in the area. He's leaning against a tombstone of a fellow who died almost 200 years ago! I had taken a rubbing of this stone when I was my son's age....Still have the rubbing!!! Stored away for safe keeping. Someday maybe someone will contact me asking about the tombstone...I can't even get a good picture of it anymore, it's leaned over so far!

This is a big reason why I like going around these old cemeteries....taking pictures of the old preserve a bit of the past...or should I say...monuments to the memory of the people of the past...before they slip away....crumble into so many already have...


I ask that the images which i have worked VERY HARD to capture NOT be copied and published to another websight without my permission. Images are not allowed to be copied for publication and resale. Personal use for family genealogy is fine but it's always nice to be asked and credited. This is a simple thing to do and goes along way to make me feel that i'm doing something good for others.

Nothing bothers me more than to come across a photo that i have taken and find someone else's name underneith and/or no credit given at all for my work.

I also ask that any picture attached by others to my memorial pages be of a respectful nature to the person being memorialized as well as being respectful to family and friends. It's not an ARTSHOW either. No over the top "creativity".

This site is not meant to be for a competition to see who creates the most memorials. Not a race to see who gets to the cemetery first to get that shot. Not meant to be for those who strive for quantity and NOT quality.

This site is for those of us who enjoy taking that stroll through a cemetery and seeing beyond the gravestones to the people being remembered. More important for those who would like to "FINDAGRAVE" and be so thrilled and thankful for doing so.

An Epitath taken from a Civil War Soldier's gravestone......

In the night a bright wing fluttered oer the tent in which he lay. In his ear a soft voice uttered...Soldier rise and come away"

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Craig Thomas
Fern Ella Spring Thompson
Fern is my Great Great Aunt.
Fern Ella Spring was born on 08 Oct 1903 at Attica, Wyoming, New York, USA. She died on 14 May 1930 at Niagara Falls, Niagra, New York, USA.
Fern Ella Spring married Robert James Thompson on 02 Dec 1924. They had two children:
Robert James Thompson, Jr. born in 1924 d.11 Feb. 1959.
Rosemary Thompson born.1929. died in infancy.
Added by Craig Thomas on Jul 26, 2015 4:00 AM
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Arthur C Trigg 25312116
THANK YOU ! for the transfer of my Great Uncle's memorial.
Added by Donald Heffernan on Jul 21, 2015 6:23 PM
Mark Peebles
RE: Mount Pleasant Cemetery Alexander, NY
I would tend to go with the lazy part! It seems like the smaller towns are the ones who have issues like this. She told me they were all on cards and the other cemetery next to it is a 300 page book the funeral director in town told me the guy probably would not copy for me.

Added by Mark Peebles on Jul 21, 2015 3:05 PM
Mark Peebles
RE: Mount Pleasant Cemetery Alexander, NY

Thanks for sharing that is amazing. I am connecting (or trying to) the 8,000 people I have in my family tree maker on Find A Grave. I have actually done quite a few and found a few also. I contacted the church today about records to make sure my inputs are correct and they were rude. This is the second Catholic Church that has been rude and says the lists are not public.

Added by Mark Peebles on Jul 21, 2015 11:05 AM
Mark Peebles
RE: Mount Pleasant Cemetery Alexander, NY

No problem I know you will always answer me sooner or later and we do this as volunteers and have lives. OK for the most part. Today I went down and finished the Holy Cross Cemetery in Gowanda that I started Sunday.

Added by Mark Peebles on Jul 21, 2015 8:34 AM
Mark Peebles
Mount Pleasant Cemetery Alexander, NY

Thanks for adding the information and the links. this cemetery is now completed with photos and records.

Added by Mark Peebles on Jul 20, 2015 7:19 PM
RE: Karl Moritz

I think you can have yours noted as a cenotaph, that way no one will claim it is a duplicate. Edit@findagrave should be able to do that for you.
Added by Scout on Jul 19, 2015 9:57 AM
Joyce Millhorn Plunkett
RE: Mary A Lansing
Thank you for your help . It was a chance , yes, they need to be remembered . Thanks again Joyce
Added by Joyce Millhorn Plunkett on Jul 08, 2015 9:56 PM
Gale Olsson McHale
RE: George Kaffick memorial #26149136
Thanks for your response. I was rereading your bio and a couple of things struck me that I have often thought about. The first being the addition to or creation of memorial info for members of families who would prefer their loved one isn't on Find A Grave or whose grave photo they may not want posted. I have put my grandparents and beyond on there but don't know how I would feel having my parents on there (fortunately they are both alive, but you get my drift). My best friend's daughter died 16 years ago at the age of 15 and, although I wouldn't mind if she was memorialized, I just can't bring myself to do it. The second thing is that taking volunteer photos is NOT a competition (although I will admit that I cleaned one stone up very well only to get home and find someone else had photographed it after I did so and posted it before I got home which irked me a tad - but at least they took a good photo!). Point being, just because we 'volunteer' to do this, I think it's important to make the stones as presentable as possible and take the time to edit them to look as nice as possible for requested as well as non-requested photos. In any case, you have inspired me to fine tune my bio. Thanks again.
Added by Gale Olsson McHale on Jul 05, 2015 7:41 PM
Gale Olsson McHale
George Kaffick memorial #26149136
Sorry, Donna. I'm not a complete buffoon ... my computer is not cooperating (which is why you have received 2 blank messages), so I will try this again. I was at Alexander Village Cemetery this morning, randomly taking photos. I took some of George's headstone and posted them this evening. Don't like to step on any toes but the lighting was good and I thought they turned out pretty well. My question ... you created 2 memorials for George since you wanted to be able to show the detailed work. Can you add his death date to the second one which is "unknown" currently? It might be a help to those who actually have him in their family tree. Thanks.
Added by Gale Olsson McHale on Jul 03, 2015 5:36 PM
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