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Memorial transfer requests will ONLY be made within the Findagrave guidelines, for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Please request transfers via the "Suggest a Correction" link under the "Edit" tab on the memorial in question with your request to have the memorial transferred to you - please include your relationship. If you don't include your relationship, I reserve the right to not make the transfer and delete the request. The Findagrave guidelines are very clear - if you have a question about them, I suggest you read or re-read them. I will NOT transfer MY direct relatives under any circumstances - Sorry.|
The "Suggest a Correction" feature should be used to submit corrections, an ORIGINAL biography, and family links to memorials that do not fall under the aforementioned transfer guidelines.
Understand, I maintain thousands of memorials, and I happy to do so, however I can't keep up with individual email requests. I make every attempt to process requests made through the EDIT feature in a timely manner - most of the time daily. I will DELETE emailed requests that do not go through the established EDIT tab on the Findagrave memorial page. If you've sent me corrections or transfer requests via email and I haven't responded - I would highly suggest that you resubmit them correctly through the EDIT tab. Please and thank you go a LONG way with me - rudeness and being demanding do not. Remember this is my HOBBY, not my life. Thank you for understanding.
I am researching several names:
My dad's family:
Jensen, Reed, Ogden & Farnes
Wisconsin, Michigan, Utah
My biological father's family:
Phillips, Norris, Iverson, Wallack, Ide, Van Valin, Verveelen, Ver Valen, Van Valey, Blauvelt, Riker, Ryker, Chatfield. Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Holland and Norway.
My grandmother's family:
Miller, Lake (Leja), Huiras & Schumacher
Germany, Poland, Minnesota & Wisconsin
My grandfather's family:
Kohler, Burbadge & Hemmelgarn
My children's family:
Greece & Pennsylvania
My husband's family:
The majority of the memorials that I maintain for those related to me (blood or marriage) list my familiar relationship in the comments. (Not all, but most.) I do this for several reasons - mainly as a way to pay my respect but also as "cousin bait" ... I would LOVE to share trees and photos with anyone having a connection. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or Kellie Jensen Walton on facebook.
Please feel free to use my images for your genealogy project - both online and off. Credit is expected and greatly appreciated.
If we are related, please say hi!
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care,
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I'd exist,
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago -
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
A few additional things about memorials I create and/or maintain:
* If I am in a cemetery photographing my family grave markers - as time allows, I often photograph other stones in the cemetery. This doesn't mean I have any further information on the person other than what is posted - but often I will look up that person on ancestry or footnote to verify a dob, dod or familiar connection. All information I obtain will be posted - that is all I have, but hopefully it is useful. Please do not ask me for further information on a person - I post everything I have at the time the memorial is entered. If I do not post a photo of a grave marker - it's simply because I don't have one.
* Sometimes I will post a photo of a grave that already has a photo posted - this isn't an error. It's usually because my photograph is clearer, has additional information or is what *I* deem more genealogically (is that even a word?) "worthy". Basically, it's just the photo I prefer. It's not done to offend the person who took the first photo - I assure you. Another reason I may add an additional photo in a memorial is because when a memorial starts to deteriorate - the entire look of the memorial can change very quickly - I think it's important to see an accurate representation of what a stone looks like "today" ... or as close to today as possible.
*When I photograph a cemetery - I will always do my best to find a transcribed roster or listing which I will post. This CAN and DOES lead to duplicates ... it happens, no one is perfect. If I've made a mistake, duplicate or omission - I can promise I didn't do so intentionally. Please let me know, but understand I will not respond to a nasty accusatory email. Either be nice - or don't be at all. Also, before you request that I delete a duplicate memorial - make sure MY memorial wasn't created first. I will not delete a duplicate memorial if mine was created first - regardless of the fact that the new memorial may have additional information or pictures. I would suggest submitting that additional information to the FIRST memorial through the "Edit" tab.
*If I post a name with no additional information or image, it's because I have no additional information of image. If I run across a cemetery listing or roster, I will post that information. *Some info* is better than "no info" ... a name is better than no name. Rest assured, I am not holding additional information hostage - I post the information I have. Please don't email asking for additional information - if I had it, it would be posted. If a cemetery is local to me, I do try to get back there and photograph the names I've previously posted, but this is not always possible. Your understanding is appreciated.
Remember - we are all volunteer.
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