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Dear Concerned Find-A-Gave Contributors and visitors,
Regarding: DUPLICATE MEMORIALS in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
A former large volume F-A-G Contributor had a dispute with Find-A-Grave staff and Deleted some 80% or more, of their contributed memorials, estimated to be about 40,000 or so. Thus causing the rest of us local Contributors, over the last year or more, to re-enter those family, friends and distant relatives we noted were missing.
Once F-A-G had decided to take positive action, they reloaded all the Deleted memorials from that former F-A-G Contributor, on Wednesday, 25feb2015. F-A-G staff, undoubtedly knew they would cause tens of thousands of Duplicates, and assigned their staffer, known as 'ProjectMgr' to work through their Merge process.
Please be patient and allow F-A-G to work through the entire group of Duplicate memorials.
My primary Find-A-Grave foci are the following cemeteries for which I clip Death Notices:
-ANC - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington,Va
-CG - Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Va
-MC - Merrifield Cemetery, Falls Church, Va
-NMP - National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va
-OC - Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, Va
-QNC - Quantico National Cemetery, Pr Wm Co, Va
Anyone having interest in ANC & QNC, primarily, that would like to add memorials and/or death notice data, I have been amassing them since I joined FAG and could use your help. Just send me an e-mail indicating your focus and I'll arrange as many as you would like to handle and mail/deliver them to you. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Special Note: Due to several prolific FAG Contributors, most of the Death Notices I have clipped have been memorialized with only the basics: name, dates and cemetery data. Many of the DNs have relatives, living and predeceased, plus biographical data that are truly worthly of posting, and Linking. This type of enhancement requires submitting the data to the original Contributor or transfer of the memorial to other caring Contributors willing to do this further step. My sincere thanks to those who have offered to assist me in the past.
To all those wonderful people who add photos, provide link data, etc, and those who simply offer 'flowers' to any of my memorials, I humbly Thank You on behalf of those who have passed on.
Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you
*You know who you are when you know who they were.*
*Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, forever dear.*
Per FAG Contributor Treva Poe.
No terror has death, or the grave,
To those who believe in the Lord -
Who know the Redeemer can save,
And lean on the faith of his word;
While ashes to ashes, and dust
We give unto dust, in our gloom,
The light of Salvation we trust,
Which hangs like a lamp in the tomb.
Unable are the loved to die.
For love is immortality.
~ Emily Dickinson ~
A fine compilation by Contributor Patricia, 4753 3805, of worthy words:
Lastly, a few thoughts on genealogy . . .
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. . . Herbert Spencer
Nothing makes our ancestors seem more real than to walk where they walked and to stand where they finally came to rest.
Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. . . Unknown
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. . . Anonymous
"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~Author Unknown
"When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am in who you are. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart." - Fredrick Beekner
As found on 'Calmly Searching's Contributor page.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
When we are dead and people weep for us and grieve,
Let it be because we touched their lives in a special way.
Let it not be said that life was good to us but rather we were good to life.
We should not measure life by its length but by the value it gave.
Lives that have been intimately intertwined,
can not possibly be separated without pain.
It is a miracle, nothing less than a miracle,
That flowers bloom every spring,
That living thing begets living thing
That we human beings immerge again and again
From ignorance to knowledge from hopelessness to
From sadness to joy.
It is a miracle nothing less than a miracle.
They are not dead, those who leave us this heritage of remembered joy,
They still live in our hearts in the happiness we knew,
In the dreams that we shared.
They still breathe in the lingering fragrance,
Windblown by their favourite flowers.
They still smile in the moonlight silver,
And laugh in the sunlight sparkling gold.
They still speak in the echoes of words we have heard them say again and again.
They still dance in the rhythm of the grass and dance in the branches of the trees.
They are not dead,
their memory is warm in our hearts,
comfort in our sorrow.
They are not apart from us but a part of us.
For love is eternal and those we love shall be with us for all Eternity.
From the reading by
Robyn Lenehan - Civil Celebrant
As found in the memorial to
Margaret A. Runte Dibbert
# 5232 5569 by cryptfindr.
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"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
love leaves a memory no one can steal."
~ From a gravestone in Ireland
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Excerpt from memorial to Find-A-Graver Patricia Ann Holaway, # 6574 5644, by Beverly Joe Vaughn.
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|G47||RE: Creamer, William Wilson, Ens, USN, KIA - # 37423583|
Thanks so much for adding the information re: Ens Creamer. Like so many young men that day they gave their lives willingly to defend their country. The end result was an overwhelming victory. I've created a Torpedo Eight memorial on RootsWeb.com where I've researched the families of almost all of those members who were killed in action that day, and it includes those of the squadron who didn't participate at Midway but did at Guadalcanal. If your interested its at:http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=battle_of_midway&id=I1043. This URL will take you to Ens. Creamers family history page.
Again, your help is much appreciated.
CDR, USN (Ret.)
Added by G47 on Nov 06, 2015 3:39 PM
|Richard K Thompson||William and Sarah Dellinger memorial updates|
Thank you for your message about the maiden family of Sarah Dellinger. I did accept your edit requests, but have gone further today in looking up the full obituaries for William and Sarah, which I've updated their memorials with. I've also noted in both of their memorials how/why the "Mucks" maiden name may have come about.
|Pamela Pomeroy||RE: Hizer, Jordan & Mollie - 135291880 & 135292739 - Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Greenbrier Co, WV|
You are welcome for the Hizer family photos. I have quite a few relatives in both At The End of The Trail and the Wallace & Wallace Memorial Cemetery (including my dad). So while I'm 'visiting' I thought I'd take a few extra photos each time I go.
|Michael||Norma Redman (Highland Cemetery)|
Thank you for the edits for Norma Redman. I have added them to her memorial.
You asked if I had an obituary or any other information for her. Sorry to say I do not.
Added by Michael on Sep 02, 2015 10:24 PM
|JBG||Find a Grave Photo Requests|
As part of my Eagle Scout Project I am fulfilling photo requests around Northern Virginia. I would like to fulfill your photo request for the person you listed for National Memorial Park, but I've already asked them to look up the locations of many people there. If you would be willing to call the cemetery (703-560-4400) and ask for the plot information on your request and relay that information to me today, Wednesday, or Thursday, we will go fulfill your request this Friday.
Added by JBG on Aug 18, 2015 11:48 AM
|Flutterby||RE: Shenandoah Valley of Virginia|
Thank you for your thoughtful and helpful response regarding the issues surrounding many Shenandoah Valley memorials. My apologies for not thanking you sooner, but I thought I would wait until I had an update.
Today I can report that Find A Grave (yay!)transferred two of the reloaded memorials to me for the individuals for whom I had created a memorial after the originals were deleted. Although my relationship to the two individuals is distant, I explained about the effort I had put into the memorials (first with Stars and Bars and then on my own) and my fear that they could be transferred to another contributor who might duplicate links, etc.
Of course I don't know which of the two matching memorials will be kept in the long run, but it is a relief to know that the content will not be lost and that I can continue to make improvements. Picking up on your suggestion, I have already made edits so that if a person goes to one memorial, he or she will be easily able to reference the other one as well.
I hope my experience can help other contributors who have also found themselves in this awkward position. Thanks again for the information. I am so sorry that someone "out there" would make things so difficult for volunteers who are just trying to create a data base of our forbearers for all to share and enjoy.
|L Mastan||nee Case kids- Westview Cem, Atoka,OK|
I am so happy to have these folks linked!! Thank you for researching and sending the SAC's.
Your 'labor of love' for Find A Grave and folks who use it is very much appreciated!
Added by L Mastan on Aug 05, 2015 9:27 AM
|Beth.Bailey||RE: Extended Bailey family visits|
Thank-you so much for your kind words & for visiting my families memorials & leaving the beautiful tokens & heart warming messages.
I also noticed that you added me to your friends list...what an honor.Thank-you :-)
I'll add you to mine as well so we can keep in touch etc.
Most of my memorials other then my family & friends are for Veterans & their families @ Black Hills National Cemetery as it is my way of honoring them.If by chance you would like to have any of them transferred to you please don't hesitate to ask as I noticed some of your virtual cemetery's.What a great service your doing for our Veterans...
Have a great afternoon,
~ Beth ~
|Beth.Bailey||Sgt John D. Asmussen|
I just wanted to say THANK-YOU for visiting Sgt Asmussen's memorial & for leaving the heart warming message & token...
Have a great afternoon,
~ Beth ~
|Nancy ||RE: Polk, Mary A 'Polly' nee: Hepner - # 13375 5645 - Christ Reformed Ch Cem, C, ScV|
I have changed Polly Polk's name to reflect the changes you suggested. On Ancestry.com, I found some information about William West, but haven't found out anything about his actual date of death or burial place. He is listed on the 1850 census with his parents and siblings, but haven't found any subsequent census'.
Added by Nancy on Jul 21, 2015 4:34 AM
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