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Marguerite (#48040627)
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Bio Photo I'm a retired Legal Admin in Macomb County bordering St. Clair Co, Michigan. I'm a cemetery walker who enjoys visiting local cemeteries to take headstone photos since Walking & Bending has improved my health & blood pressure to 117/70. I also take additional photos & focus on the older stones & Veteran's markers before they fade to preserve history for future generations. Hope my photos help someone else in their genealogy hunts, and these postings may help you make a connection. I would be happy to transfer memorial pages to family members. NOTE: You have my permission to use any photo I've taken and posted on FAG in your own family research, as long as it is not for profit. A note of credit would be appreciated, but not necessary. I'm photographing to share and for others to use...
If I add a headstone or family monument to a memorial that already has a photo, it has nothing to do with you. Many times it's just a crisper image, or a closeup, or a different angle in better lighting; or sometimes it's just because I have a lot of heart involved in a person's memorial. The main reason is that older headstones deteriorate rapidly so preservation of their current images is important.
I appreciate the opportunity that Find A Grave gives everyone to learn and share. If you want to review or add to what is already shown, or discuss posting please contact me. I love additions and updates! I am more than happy to link family members and make corrections.

I have lived in Michigan all of my life. My ancestors came to America from Ireland, England, & Germany beginning in the late 1700's & early 1800's and settled primarily in Pennsylvania; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Canada. My family lineage names are: Shaw, Irvin, Patton, Orr, Hawkins, Lindsay, Irwin, Stattenfield, ANTES, Bartholomew, Campbell, Lutz, Lucas, Pardon, Ritz . . .

Many thanks to those contributors who were gracious enough to transfer the memorials for my close family members, outside of the FAG guidelines, even though they were not obligated to do so.

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In most of the U.S., by law, cemeteries are required to keep records regarding burial or cremations of individuals. Cemetery records will usually contain the name of the deceased, the date of passing and location of burial within the cemetery itself. Cemetery records are also required by the cemeteries themselves, as they need a means to make sure they are not using the same burial plots to bury multiple individuals. Therefore, it is not unlikely that the cemetery records hold an exact index of the grave and in some cases, a map may also be available. In some cases, the cemetery records may hold additional information such as maintenance requirements at the request of the family, landscaping and so forth. It is also not unlikely to have information on the burial itself, the making of the headstone and specific text that was requested for it. The text itself is valuable as it often indicates existence of relatives or information on the deceased itself. Although, on some older records in the early-mid 1800's, I've discovered the only record is "occupied" with no name, but each jurisdiction is unique. Some of the records kept by churches attached to little graveyards may even contain marriage, baptism records/witnesses.
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Mary Briggs
Rock Falls Cemetery
Thank you so much Marguerite for the great pictures on my memorials in Rock Falls Cemetery. You're right about getting pictures of those old stones. I appreciate your efforts. I agree with you on the walking and bending too. Keep it up. Also, I appreciate your suggested corrections. The transcription I took that information wasn't the best but I will admit to some it them being my doing.
Added by Mary Briggs on Aug 01, 2014 8:13 PM
s schmidt
Pictures of Civil War veterans
Thanks for doing this. Sometimes the records are off so it is good to have the sites confirmed with a picture. Let me know if you have any questionable ones. GB.
Added by s schmidt on Aug 01, 2014 4:38 PM
s schmidt
Irving picture
Thank you for the picture. I created the memorial from the records of Civil War burials in the county and am very glad when a picture of a marker can be added to the memorial. God bless for all the work you do.
Added by s schmidt on Aug 01, 2014 5:03 AM
RE: George Akred @ Hillside
Something happened to my first reply so I don't know if it was sent or not. First thank you for your compliments. I felt like the headstone interior designer. lol My Dad purchased the headstone but I did all the family research and design of it - so there we were with our granite swatches of various pink granite in the cemetery trying our best to come close to the other family headstones that were all of a pink color.

I started researching family history and we discovered that my Dad's Great Grandfather was buried behind his Grandfather without a headstone. In my research I also discovered that George was a veteran of the Civil War after coming to the US in 1853 from England. It is very special to us that he will be given an American Flag every year.

George and Joanna are buried in the family plot with 3 sons and 2 grandchildren.

The headstone was installed last week and Dad and I are so happy with the way it turned out.

Thank you for the work you do helping people discover family history.

Added by Denise on Jul 31, 2014 4:44 PM
Karin King
Arthur Kuhlman photo
Thank you for the Arthur Kuhlman photo..I've made the correction to his date of birth.
Added by Karin King on Jul 26, 2014 9:00 PM
Richard Howell
Fullerton photos
Thanks for the photos! Rich Howell
Added by Richard Howell on Jul 22, 2014 2:58 PM
Nagel Headstones
Thank you for both of the pictures of Ernest Nagel Sr. & Jr. also the transfer of Jr.
Added by cryptkeeper on Jul 21, 2014 1:52 PM
Thank you for adding and locating all the photos in Rosehill Cemetery. I really appreciate it.
Thanks again
Sande Doktor
Added by sdoktor on Jul 21, 2014 9:55 AM
Cecil Vaden Jr.
V Vaden
Just wanted to say thanks for taking the picture for me. It helped me to complete a piece of the puzzle. Thanks for your work on Find A Grave.
Added by Cecil Vaden Jr. on Jul 20, 2014 9:04 PM
Utica Cemetery
Thank you! I am actually currently working on photographing the entire Utica Cemetery actually; I am almost done with the second section out of nine of the cemetery, starting from the South. I still have about 350 photos/memorials pending upload after today's visit. The cemetery had over 5,300 burials back in 2007 so I'm assuming it's well over that now even. I had the privilege of working with Naomi Gibbing before she passed on some information on the cemetery and she gave me an old map of the cemetery (maps are not in distribution for it) so I am working my way North. I have skimmed over the photo requests throughout the cemetery and could not see them off hand so I figured the time spent looking for them would be better spent photographing!

Also I visited the stone of Karl Kage today and the stone has some weathering; however there's definitely not other burial listed on the stone or nearby for mother.
Added by Eric on Jul 20, 2014 1:53 PM
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