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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 14 years, 8 months, 1 day
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Debbie Gillen
Hi Zella, Would you please consider transferring two memorials to me. James H Roberton #83102506 and Gertrude Kelly Robertson #83102565 They are my 2x gr-grandparents and I have obits and family info to update. My member #46790534
Thank you for your consideration and all your work.
Debbie Gillen
Added by Debbie Gillen on Oct 21, 2016 9:29 PM
The Lingafelts
Hi Zella, I'm researching my family's genealogy and noticed you manage a lot of my relative's memorials on here. I'm curious if you can help me with some information on my family in the 1800s The records are sparse, but I've so far traced myself to an Aaron Lingafelt (1845-1912), but I'm unsure of his parents, spouse and siblings, since he's buried with the wife of a relative of his son in law. He's buried in Calvary Cemetery, which seems odd as it's a Catholic cemetery and most of the other Lingafelts in Blair County seem to be in the Zion Lutheran and Geeseytown cemeteries.

If there's anything you can tell me regarding Aaron's relationship to the Zion or Geeseytown Lingafelts, it would be a huge help.

And thank you very much for managing their memorials and honoring them, I'm sure they appreciate it.
Added by Andrew on Oct 20, 2016 6:49 PM
Judy Stone
RE: David Daniel Spangler (1807-)
Hi Zella,

I have looked into your suggestions on David Spangler. I can't place him in Franklin Co. because I have an 1850 census (all family members match) that lists his birthplace as PA. I have record of his marriage to Catherine in 1833 in PA. (Gettysburg) and his children that were born in PA from 1833-1848. His daughter Esther (my great aunt) was born in Defiance OH in 1848. They stayed there after that, having another daughter in 1854.

The 1840 census I have in Gettysburg doesn't quite match up. Having tick marks instead of names for family members is difficult. Four of the family members match with sex and age but there is an extra female and Catherine's age would be off 10 years.

I am at a dead end with David Spangler for now. Thank you so much for your message, and please feel free to message me again should you come across some information! -Judy
Added by Judy Stone on Oct 19, 2016 11:54 AM
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Emily Blunt
Done, thx
Added by Cincinnati Spring Grove V... on Oct 18, 2016 7:07 PM
RE: Michael Hileman
It's been brought to my attention that you have recently decided to change your memorial for Johan Hileman to Michael Hileman.

I find that stunning, to say the least.

I created the first memorial for Michael Hileman. You continued to insist your memorial for Johan Hileman was correct, until...I can only guess...more Hileman relatives objected to your memorial. Then you changed your bogus Johan Hileman memorial to a Michael Hileman memorial.

Added by Starfishin on Oct 14, 2016 11:29 PM
William Croghan
RE: Ralph Croghan
Thanks so much for looking!! It is greatly appreciated,,,, a pic of the area is great......thanks!
Added by William Croghan on Oct 09, 2016 5:29 PM
Mary Boyd
RE: Mary Lazich
Hello Zella,
I realized later that I had the wrong Mary Lazich!
I did receive a photo of the correct relative Aunt Mary.
I realized my Aunt died in 1963. I am unsure how to take my photo etc. off. Same name same town what are the odds?
As it turned out the my Uncle Steve and great Grandmother Agnes all were on the Stone.
Thanks for your help sorry about the confusion.
Added by Mary Boyd on Oct 09, 2016 3:19 PM
Julie Schaeffer
RE: Elizabeth Lasher #166211481
Let me check with some other family members to see if anyone might know her location within the cemetery. Thank you for everything!
Added by Julie Schaeffer on Oct 08, 2016 12:51 PM
Beth Bush
RE: Willie Robinson at Glendale
So sorry about the mix up. You should call Jen at Glendale cemetery (330-253-2317) to find out where Willie is buried.
Added by Beth Bush on Oct 06, 2016 5:38 PM
Alfred French
No worries, I have corrected his burial location. Thank you.
Added by SKJerome on Oct 06, 2016 10:24 AM
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