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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
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NOTE: My apologies to all for a major backlog in responding to Find-A-Grave emails and postings. I recently had a computer crash followed by multiple trips and deadlines. Then my mom passed away on 12/7.

I am back on track, but as of 12/19 I am only up to email notifications from Nov. 5th. I will continue to process routine edit requests within a day or two.

Please be patient if you do not hear from me right away. I will get to every message eventually. I promise!!


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

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 2,500 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 100 virtual cemeteries. 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 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 December 2014--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

754 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
732 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
700 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
594 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
423 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
385 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
289 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
269 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
265 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
234 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
215 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
202 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
199 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
133 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
130 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
119 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
108 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
107 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
102 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
102 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 15,134.

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 (318)[Leave Message]
Re: Tekla Dawidowicz #112395973

My name is Catherine and I have been searching for over 10 years for some family link and for years I was searching a name Tacka but realized it could be Tekla I am looking for, possibly a great grandparent.

I am wondering if you might have any information that could assist me?

Added by Catherine on Dec 25, 2014 2:20 AM
Wayne Irons
Earl Hutchinson
Hi there...

Take a close look at the stone. Earl's name is engraved on the front, where it is hard to see.
Added by Wayne Irons on Dec 21, 2014 2:23 PM
Sue Knost
Clark Family - Floral Grove
This family is related to my Beatty family who are also in Floral Grove. Olive Combs Clark's mother, Mary Beatty Combs was a sister of my great-grandfather, Melvin Beatty. I have the photographs of Olive (Ollie) and Charles (Charlie) Clark from a family photograph album. I remember my mother speaking of them.

Sue Knost
Charlotte, NC
Added by Sue Knost on Dec 16, 2014 7:33 PM
Sorry to hear the news
My sympathy on the passing of your Mother. I saw it in the paper when I was visiting a friend in Trenton.
Added by Kat on Dec 13, 2014 10:35 AM
Linda Thompson
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 127189263
They are not my direct line, but my husbands. Would that count for a transfer? My husbandís grandmother, Edith May Bainbridge Thompson, was a sister to William Bainbridge. Uncle Bill and Aunt Virginia never had any children. Aunt Sara (another sister to Edith and William) never married. Find A Grave Memorial # 127218127. Her middle name was Ellen. She was such a spry little lady. Both Aunt Sara and Uncle Bill had a truly wonderful since of humor. I never had a chance to meet my husbandís grandmother, Edith. She passed in 1959 and my husband and I married in 1968. I would love to manage Uncle Bill, his wife Virginia and Aunt Sara. If I could and if I qualify. They would have been a grand uncle and grand aunt to my husband. Thank You!!
Added by Linda Thompson on Dec 11, 2014 11:53 PM
Linda Thompson
Find A Grave Memorial# 127189263
Sometime in the 1970's Uncle Bill told me his middle name was Theophilus. He said it was from the Bible and means Love. He married Virginia Green on Sept 2, 1944.
Added by Linda Thompson on Dec 10, 2014 11:58 PM
Karen Ferency Baker
Of course, I am more than happy to have my entries go back in the care of their family, where they belong. :)

I used to live in Crosswicks for a short while, and took these snaps on a trip back thru the area. It is so charming and historic. I loved it there; if you have not been there, I hope you get the opportunity.

Happy holidays!
Added by Karen Ferency Baker on Dec 08, 2014 7:27 AM
Francis McArdle
Everett memorials
I am not related to the Everett's so I am happy to transfer to a relative. Any further assistance I can give, just ask and I'll help if I'm able.
Francis McArdle
Added by Francis McArdle on Dec 01, 2014 9:14 PM
Larry Krueger
RE: Recent transfers
You are welcome Joe.
Keep up the good work on your end as well. It helps keep me busy! We need more like you!
Added by Larry Krueger on Dec 01, 2014 6:43 PM
Andrew Ely
Thanks for the updated info on Andrew
Added by seekers on Nov 30, 2014 9:05 PM
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