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Janet Muff (#46951416)
 member for 8 years, 6 months, 23 days
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine.
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RE: Israel Brewster and his son Israel Jr
You're welcome and thank you.
Added by Tonna on May 31, 2016 10:32 AM
I am glad you didn't feel as if I was passing the buck. I felt myself as if I may have been doing so. I try to be self analytical about my interactions with people. Lemuel and Asenath are my 6x great-grandparents. I would be interested in William Fitch's probate records as well. Thank you for your work, time and consideration. Adam
Added by Adam on May 31, 2016 5:56 AM
RE: Meeting House Cemetery
There is no need to apologize on your certainly is wonderful to get these edits and correct the misinformation.

Added by Sara on May 31, 2016 5:00 AM
Photo fulfillment
Thank you very much Janet for fulfilling this photo request. I hope it was not too much trouble :)

Keep up the good work!
Kimberly Bloodgood
Added by KimberlyAndersonBloodgood on May 30, 2016 9:11 PM
Israel Brewster and his son Israel Jr
Thank you very much for taking the pictures of Israel and his son Israel Jr's headstones. I really appreciate it.
Added by Tonna on May 30, 2016 12:50 PM
Meeting House Cemetery
Thanks for all your edits...boy did my printout of this cemetery have lots of mistakes. I credit you on the memorial page for your changes in name, date etc...but would you like me to say it is from your gravestone photograph? Which are great by the way! I certainly don't want people contacting you because they think you are one of their "cousins" and know more information about the family!! Let me know...

Keep those edits coming,
Added by Sara on May 30, 2016 7:52 AM
RE: Lemuel Chipman & Sinai Fitch
Understood and no problem. The one I suggested had the headstone images and thus the accurate death date, although the other one seems to have links to parents. I probably should have did this myself before suggesting a link, sorry for passing the buck like that. I've told myself that I need to be more courteous in the future on such issues. Adam
Added by Adam on May 30, 2016 6:59 AM
Shirley Hogue
RE: Ira Newton Mather
Thank you so much for Ira's will. It is one of the most simple I've seen.
Added by Shirley Hogue on May 29, 2016 5:34 AM
Shirley Hogue
RE: Ira Newton Mather
I don't have a copy of the will and would appreciate one.


Added by Shirley Hogue on May 28, 2016 6:57 PM
Shirley Hogue
RE: Ira Newton Mather
Wow, thank you
Added by Shirley Hogue on May 28, 2016 2:00 PM
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