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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 4 years, 3 months, 5 days
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I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.

I manage Find A Grave accounts for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my son's European Ancestors account as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for the their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer, and Carol Foss in particular.

My Find-A-Grave Philosophy

We are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.

Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.

Graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.

I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.

Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?

Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. (I have submitted nearly 3,800 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated much of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.

Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built over 130 virtual cemeteries under this account. I have nearly 100 others at my European Ancestors account. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Please do visit my virtual cemeteries for direct ancestors before requesting a transfer. If you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to transfer the memorial to you if you will explain your connection.

If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring the memorial, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.

If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)

My Favorite Cemeteries

Some statistics as of April 2015--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

933 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
890 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
742 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
630 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
526 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
450 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
328 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
309 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
289 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
257 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
248 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
230 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
227 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
151 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
144 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
143 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
120 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
115 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
110 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
108 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
107 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
103 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 17,069.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 15,400.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Ancestors - British Isles (42)
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Ancestors - Royalty, Nobi... (20)
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Bee Family [Gloucester Co... (21)
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (445)[Leave Message]
RE: Theophilus Eaton
Hope the request works out.
Added by Dan on Oct 09, 2015 8:52 AM
R. Sperry
Missing Child of Rebecca Room Baymore
Mr. Klett, I've been researching the ancestry of my husband's family and found a connection that you may have missed. If you review the 1950 census listing for Joseph and Rebecca Baymore of will see all the children you site (John, Barzillia(sp), Joseph, Rebecca, Elizabeth Ann, and Robert) along with 1 other child between John and Barzillia ...a daughter named Mary Ann. She is living at her parents with her husband James Wesley Hunter and their son William Hunter. My husband is a descendent of Mary A Baymore and James Wesley Hunter and of their son William Wesley Hunter. I can give you more details if you are interested although I haven't paid for subscriptions yet so I don't have their grave locations for you. I can give you more citations to review if you'd like.
Added by R. Sperry on Oct 03, 2015 12:36 AM
RE: Snyders in Otterville
You're very welcome. I have just added the photos to Hubert Snyders profile per your request.
If there is any thing else I can help you with, just let me know.
Karen VN
Added by KVN on Sep 16, 2015 10:07 AM
RE: Fish and Heal memorials
Added by scottsheat on Sep 16, 2015 2:14 AM
Joyce Peck
Ledden family
Would you like for me to transfer the two Ledden memorials I have to you? I'm not related to them.
Added by Joyce Peck on Sep 13, 2015 6:05 AM
Joan Pacitti
Your request for transfer
Hi: You're very welcome.

Take care.

Joan Pacitti
Added by Joan Pacitti on Sep 07, 2015 11:07 AM
Carol Foss
Mount transfer
Done. Thought you'd run out of "family"! Had a great summer, looking forward to a little more travel still.
Added by Carol Foss on Sep 07, 2015 9:17 AM
Snow/Springer transfer
I transferred the memorials to you. Thanks for the corrections.
Added by PMSmith on Sep 07, 2015 7:51 AM
Jay Boone
RE: Ferris transfers
Just found that Mary Ferris is buried in the same lot, Section H, Lot 88, as her husband. I made a memorial page for her add transferred it to you.
Added by Jay Boone on Sep 06, 2015 7:36 PM
joseph coulson
#91495097 elsie grace ZINN
hi I've been tracking the life of elsie thru her first husband george w reese harrisburg pa. I tied her to her first husband geo. and added her birth and death records to your site. if you would like newspaper articles and death certs., to back this up I will be more than happy to email them to you. my email is thanks for your consideration F A G member joseph coulson
Added by joseph coulson on Sep 05, 2015 9:43 PM
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