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R Lerch (#47507564)
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Bio Photo I live in Chicago, Illinois and am working on records for my father's and mother's families primarily.
I enjoy taking photographs of grave sites for photo requests. My priorities are sites with a location provided then by request date. Many places have requests that are several years old. You are welcome to use any of the photos I post as you wish. Requests for photo files or transfers are welcome. Email or use the edit tab on a memorial.

Please provide a location in the cemetery for your photo request. Contacting the cemetery is usually successful at obtaining a location. Info about the presence of a grave marker may also be available and is helpful. Locating unmarked graves can be very difficult.

If you want a photo of mine removed from your memorial, or have higher quality photos than the ones I posted, please feel free to post them, then let me know, and I will remove mine.
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Oak Woods Cemetery ~ Gail Ward
Greetings from Oklahoma, thank you for the information regarding needing a location for Gail Wards grave that I requested last year. I did call the cemetery today and received the location (section, lot, grave) and added it to her memorial with the cemetery map outlining her location. I also deleted my request and posted it again with a note. Again, thank you.
Added by Jackie on May 18, 2016 2:44 PM
Melinda G.
James Somerville Gillespie & Family
Many, many thanks for the very fine photos you have added to my 2nd great uncle's memorial page (James Somerville Gillespie) along with his wife, Anna W. Gillespie and daughter Frances Gillespie Johnston buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago. I so appreciate your time and your valuable contributions to Find A Grave.
Warm Regards,
Melinda G
Added by Melinda G. on May 16, 2016 8:07 AM
Alma Swanson photo at Graceland
Thanks so much again for taking a photo at Graceland! It's very much appreciated that you took the time to go out there and find the location of her unmarked grave and to document it so well.

Take care, all the best and hi to good ol' Chicago,

Added by BobB on May 09, 2016 1:12 AM
Thank you so much for the pictures!

Added by brianc on May 08, 2016 4:28 PM
Lillian Brinsley
Thank you for the photos of Lillian Brinsley's headstone at Graceland. Much appreciated!
Added by Jessica on May 08, 2016 2:00 PM
Dale Tarkington
RE: Edward Murray in Graceland
Thank you. Yes his sister, Jane married John Carson and they were my wife's great great grandparents.
Added by Dale Tarkington on May 07, 2016 5:53 PM
Gene Meier
Frederick K.Maus 1846-1911
I seek contact with the MAUS family, and want to know whether Frederick K. Maus was involved in moving 19th century rotunda panoramas (50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons). The F.W.Heine diaries 1879-1921 have many references to MAUS, but no first name. Chicago was the center of rotunda panoramas in USA, which in 1893 had 6 companies and 6 rotundas. Info to share.
Added by Gene Meier on May 06, 2016 6:03 PM
Shapell Roster
Charles G. Vogel
Thank you so much for the photographs of Charles G. Vogel's grave.
Added by Shapell Roster on May 06, 2016 8:26 AM
Scrib & Barb Kelly
Albert Woodruff - Graceland
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos of the gravesite of Albert, his wife and children. Your time and effort to fulfill our request is very much appreciated by our family!
Added by Scrib & Barb Kelly on May 05, 2016 6:52 AM

RE: Magdalena Rapp Schneider 1839-1918
Diane Lanigan ( Add to contacts 4/30/16 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
Dear Susan,

We received your inquiry regarding the burial of Magdalena Schneider and also other Schneider family members.

I find Magdalena Schneider buried in Lakeside Lot 181 Grave #2 I also found the location of all of the other Schneider names you sent in your request. Buried in the same lot with Magdalena are Daniel S. Grave #6 and Samuel N. Grave #3.

Below are the burial locations of the following:

Benjamin Schneider Lakeside Lot 135 Grave #1

John T. Schneider Lakeside Lot 298 Grave #1

Johannes Schneider Edgewood Lot 157 Grave #3

Since you are related to Magdalena Schneider, you may have a copy of the lot card. The fee is five dollars which may be sent by check after you receive the copy. I will also send a map showing the cemetery location.
this is where I obtained info. thanks for trying
Added by vande on May 04, 2016 8:29 AM
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