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Sister Sonya (#47696213)
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Bio Photo Just started looking into my family tree, but was fortunate enough to have other family members who were interested in the task before me. My family is mostly from the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area and I'm eager to learn as much as I can about them.

FAMILY NAMES : Borkowski, Gardner, Kagler, Lesawicz, McAfee, Mulherin, Smurl, Tingley, Wasilewski, Yanovitch

CURRENT PROJECT : Done adding members of Monument Cemetery in Beverly, N.J. Now I need to finish photographing.

PET PEEVE : Burial Unknown. This site is FIND a GRAVE, and even though its data base is a great genealogical resource, populating it with burial unknowns is not helpful. If you know where a person is laid to rest, add them, if not- don't. Out of the thousands I've added only two are unknown- because one was cremated and the ashes were given to a family member, the other the body was donated to science.

PHOTOS : I generally allow useage; but I think it's courteous to ask first. If you're rude, don't expect a possitive response. Remember- the volunteers are doing YOU the favor.

EDITS/TRANSFERS : Use the Edit tab for the memorial in question. This is what it was designed for. I don't understand why people make extra work for themselves (leaving the memorial page to find the memorial caretaker's page to write a request) and for the person who needs to do the edits/transfers (they have to search their memorials to hopefully find the correct one YOU'RE talking about and if it's a transfer- track down the id number of the person it should go to.) PLEASE BE SPECIFIC I am receiving generic edits which contain a lot of information but no clear direction on what you want me to do with it. If it's a relationship link- use that edit tab etc. otherwise, it will not be dealt with- I have a job and a life outside of Find A Grave, I am willing to maintain the memorials made, but you have to meet me half way. I will not answer any requests left on my wall or in the flowers- so be kind and follow the rules of the site. Also, what was said about photos applies here, the edit tab is to suggest edits- demanding I change something will be seen as rude and will be ignored.
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13th Generation Fairbanks in America
RE: Beverly
I agree, I thought the first entry would prevail as well. I tried to find the email explanation, but I must have deleted it. In essence it was explained to me that it was to prevent some contributors from posting phantom listings in order to boost their numbers. Can't believe someone would do's so much more important that we document the history accurately, but that's the reason given to me.

In regards to wives' names not being on the markers, this isn't the first time I've run into that either.

Just as an aside, I came across a marker in Beverly that says "unknown" but with a date of death. In the NGL it shows that it is the plot for Thomas Boccard (please visit his memorial #379803). I went through Ancestry and got his death certificate and a few other documents and asked Washington Crossing National (they oversee Beverly now) to please change his marker to include his name. I haven't heard anything back. So I contacted a local newspaper asking if they wanted a human interest story for Veterans Day, and again to no avail. I'll be placing a memento on his grave this Veterans Day. To me, it matters.

Warm regards.
Added by 13th Generation Fairbanks... on Nov 08, 2015 3:50 PM
13th Generation Fairbanks in America
RE: Beverly
Thanks for your note. In checking with the admins in the past, I was told that if the older entry is inaccurate, that the accurate memorial, despite being newer, would prevail, as their view is that accuracy is more important. I would think it's even more important now that Ancestry owns the site.

The original import of information from the Veterans website by Find A Grave is fraught with misspellings, inaccurate dates and plot numbers and even wrong cemetery information, which cannot be discovered until someone is standing before the grave marker and subsequently posting a photo. Since we are getting toward the end of completely photographing the cemetery, we have been looking for the folks who show no photo attached to their memorials. This process is uncovering many incorrect listings. In working to clean up the memorials and make the site more accurate, the admins have been very helpful in removing about 250 (so far) memorials with inaccurate information.

I understand that the inaccurate information of some memorials comes directly from the Nationwide Gravesite Locator, but that site also has errors. I too have posting memorials from that site only to find out that the information is wrong.

Thanks again for all you do for this site. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to document this information, especially for our veterans. Warm regards.

Added by 13th Generation Fairbanks... on Nov 07, 2015 10:54 AM
RE: Alfred Stortz
Your most welcome, always pleased to have helped.
Added by SMPowell on Oct 28, 2015 11:37 AM
paul babiuk
Re: Josephine Elko

Good hearing from you...I revised the picture order as you asked.
Hope all is well with you and your family.

take care,
Added by paul babiuk on Oct 21, 2015 5:52 PM
Linda Konrad
If I didn't already, thank you for the Fulmer headstone photos.
Added by Linda Konrad on Oct 14, 2015 7:44 AM
Carol Queen
RE: Photo, William bell # 134981019

Thank you so much. I absolutely would love to have you transfer that grave to me. I think this is a great idea. That way I can maintain both and I will keep the photo of the tombstone on the one that you transfer to me, which gives you the credit for taking it. I think that proper credit is due to the one who actually did the work. This way, also, you will still have credit for the creation of the memorial page at St. Jerome's. Maybe one day I will actually find a photo of William to post on his page in Lehigh Cemetery, in the meantime I will just leave his death certificate up there.

Again, thank you very much. It does mean a lot to me to be able to "take care" of my ancestors.

Added by Carol Queen on Oct 02, 2015 4:37 PM
Lena and Dennis
RE: Charles Benner
I am happy to make edits if I can find something to show it is correct and I am also happy to transfer memorials to family. I am transferring one today to a family member. I would like the info I put on Find A Grave to be as accurate as possible because I know how much conflicting information I have found on my own family. I could only find 1880 census in Plymouth and then 1910 in Larksville for Charles Benner.
Added by Lena and Dennis on Oct 01, 2015 12:27 PM
Finally At Rest
RE: Riverdale
The Riverdale cemetery I found your "family" in is NOT glen dyberry, that cemetery is near Honesdale PA....The Riverdale Cemetery I was IN is in the same county but is located quiet a ways away in Pleasant Mt, PA...I don't know if part of Glen dyberry was called Riverdale at one time or why F A G merged those 2 but I assure you the ones I added were in the right cemetery.
Added by Finally At Rest on Oct 01, 2015 6:36 AM
Lena and Dennis
Charles Benner
Do you have any documents showing the info for the edit request you made? I do not find any info showing where he was born or where died.
Added by Lena and Dennis on Sep 30, 2015 11:56 AM
Dana B. Jones
RE: Cubitt
You are very welcome. Dana
Added by Dana B. Jones on Sep 29, 2015 5:30 PM
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