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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
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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 as a volunteer for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses. Some remarkable volunteers created a number of these 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

I believe 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.

I also believe 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. 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 most 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 nearly 100 virtual cemeteries. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families.

Please do visit my virtual cemetery of 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 August 2014--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding relatives in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

686 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
662 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
581 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
532 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
402 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
353 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
283 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
255 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
234 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
231 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
190 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
143 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
117 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
107 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
102 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
101 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 13,402.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 11,900.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (257)[Leave Message]
Diane Zabel
Elizabeth Freeman
I am very sorry!! I forgot to do all the changes. I have been busy helping my daughter and family pack and babysit. I am finally back home and getting a chance to rest up. I have deleted the parents for Elizabeth.
Added by Diane Zabel on Aug 28, 2014 2:26 PM
l byers
Mark Herbert Horner
I made the change on the burial date and since he is your cousin I gave you the memorial.

Linda Byers
Added by l byers on Aug 28, 2014 8:22 AM
Jane Hamilton
RE: C.Buck
Are you related???? Or just happened to spot the error? Jane
Added by Jane Hamilton on Aug 26, 2014 8:05 AM
Jane Hamilton
I'll check out my documents in reference to your name change. Headstones are not always correct. Have a Hamilton on a stone "Hamalton", my grandmother is 1911, but died in 1910, etc. Jane
Added by Jane Hamilton on Aug 25, 2014 9:42 AM
David Armstrong
Smith's of Michigan
I am David Armstrong I descend from Abraham Smith through Jesse, Benjamin, Harmon Benjamin and Bertha Smith- Armstrong. Greetings from Mid Michigan and thank you for the photos and information about Abraham Smith.

Added by David Armstrong on Aug 22, 2014 2:17 PM
I saw that you left a message on the memorial page of Guy and Mary Royal Norton. You stated that you were a cousin. May I ask from which family you descend?
Mary Royal Norton was the half sister of my 3x great grandmother. Mary and Guy raised my great grandmother. Thanks!
Added by LP on Aug 11, 2014 12:49 PM
Rich D.
just me again. I added photos of Almira Knisell and created a memorial for her first husband Christopher Morgan, who she's buried with. Could not find Robert Horner (afer a 3 hour search) but found a blank Horner gravestone in the "late 1800's" section... it's just a big stone with Horner on it. Could be his. ?... Strike 8... 2 beers.
Added by Rich D. on Aug 02, 2014 6:40 PM
Buckingham Friends edits
Happy to accept your edits. Thank you for the corrected information. The stones are degrading and hard to read.
Added by MeganZloty on Aug 01, 2014 9:01 PM
R. Digati
T Horner - gladly transferred
Happy to transfer the page of Theodore Horner.
I am a professional cemetery preservationist. At the time I crated the memorial I was working on a commission in Cedar Grove cemetery. I ordered and placed/mounted his veteran's plaque so that his distinguished service would be easily read by all. Thanks for your interest. -Raq
Added by R. Digati on Aug 01, 2014 2:50 PM
Rich D.
RE: Elizabeth (Homan) Ashcraft
That's awesome Joe! I'm glad to hear you found her! Were there other Ashcrafts in Aura? I deleted the picture with pleasure.
Added by Rich D. on Jul 30, 2014 9:06 AM
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