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I visited Find-A-Grave for years filling in blanks on my family tree. Now that I am retired, I decided to become a contributor too. I want to "pay it forward" by helping others find their relatives buried here in central Oklahoma. I also work in tandem with my cousin, Carolyn Scott, in Green Co KY. |
The reason I spend hundreds of hours taking cemetery photographs, linking families together, or putting up 'lost' cemeteries, is to preserve history. I am learning that many old cemeteries are being plowed under by farmers, or destroyed in other ways.
When I take a photograph, I spend extra time adjusting the contrast etc. in order to make the tombstone more readable. I take pride in my pictures. I am NOT in the 'numbers game'. I couldn't care less about numbers. This isn't a competition. My goal is to put up burials, add links when possible, and add good photographs so that others can learn about their ancestors. I welcome more information or additional links.
I enjoy my new "job" because I get to work with people who have a common purpose and love of what we are doing. I am very grateful for the many helpful people I have found on Find-a-Grave. Many have turned into friends and I have also found cousins I didn't know I had! The 99% of helpful, friendly, generous, giving people I find here more than outway the 1% who are vicious and hateful. I try to be like the 99%!
A FEW TIPS FOR TAKING GOOD TOMBSTONE PICTURES:
1. Take a photo of the entire tombstone first, then get a close-up of the name if it is hard to read on the whole view. Try to fill the frame with the stone and not the surrounding countryside, homes, cars, etc.
2. Look for your reflection in the tombstone BEFORE you take the picture!
3. Squat in order to get on the same level as the tombstone - don't stand and shoot down at a sharp angle.
We are trying to preserve history so we want the very best pictures possible - it may be all that survives!
** My photos may be used for any nonprofit purpose - ONLY IF - you give credit by listing your source so others can find it. Noting the source INCLUDES the photographer's name, and the Find-a-Grave memorial number or website.**
GENEALOGY - I am very interested in meeting more cousins! If any one is related to persons in my family I would greatly appreciate you contacting me.
Some of my family surnames:
KENTUCKY - Durrett, Skaggs, Pierce, Bloyd, Thompson, Cantrell, Elmore, Chaudoin
ILLINOIS - Mingee, Thornton, Gilreath, McNeese, Harris, Strader, McCrady
TEXAS & LOUISIANA - Flenniken, Jones, Humphrey, Morgan, Boone
My HUSBAND'S SURNAMES:
Father's side: CURRY, REYNOLDS, MCCURDY, KIRKPATRICK, YOUNGBLOOD, SPROULS, GARDNER.
Mother's side: BLACK, KININGHAM, AVERY, RATTEREE
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|Scot Lady||Abrams at Summit View|
CC, I just heard back from a family member of the Abrams at Summit View. They don't have a Find A Grave acct, so asked me to thank you for the "beautiful photos." You do such great work. E
|Deb McCallister||RE: wlliam johnson|
Yes, the grass is starting to cover his stone, it is sad to see them on the ground. I have some I uncover every year so they aren't lost. Good thing we have computers with these sites so at least we can know what they looked like once they are photographed.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that all the ones I have are from the Cherokee Messenger & Republican. I forgot if I told you that Mr. Booher the editor gave us permission to us them as we wanted.
Added by Tim on Apr 21, 2013 10:27 AM
|Janet LaMotte||Ralph Schneider|
Info added. Thank you.
|TLH||Sedley Lowe photo request|
Hi, the volunteers would be happy to fill your photo request however we will need a burial location to do so.
Can you please contact Laurel Land and get a burial location for your request? The number is 214 371 1336
or the email link is:
There are over 517 photo requests currently and the volunteers cannot ask for that many locations to fill requests. With a location, your request will get filled pretty quickly. Thanks for your help!
Added by TLH on Apr 19, 2013 4:05 PM
|Ted Myers||RE: Tillman Thornton|
No, all of my family came from Dutchess Co,NY and Leicester,MA. Of which some went to Ohio. Ted
|Shawna Fortenberry||RE: Emmett Mingee|
Thank you... and "yes", please send any additional info you have. I'd be glad to add and will get back with you after I ask Pat (mother-in-law) about the inquiry you have about your grandfather and grandmother. Blessings. <3
|Shawna Fortenberry||Emmett Mingee|
Thank you for contacting me on the transfer of Emmett Mingee, however, I have to decline. He is my husband's great-grandfather and my mother took much time researching his side of the family to find all these graves and prepare them for us. My mother in-law has many fond memories of them and we hear many stories of the family. So please understand the reason for not transferring him to you. I hope that you'd understand. Many blessings to you and your family.
Thank you for the kind words. I grew up in this area and knew most of the people that I have obituaries for. I 100% agree that the typed obits look so much better, but I have at least three to four hundred obits from this area and to type all of them would take me months. I thought the memorials are also for information and it tells a story about the individual of the memorial. With all the advertisements being put onto each site, I didn't think they would look that bad. I am an information person and if a family can get that, hey it's all good. I've had more compliments on the good side then I have had on the bad side. I think the lady that chewed me out is the type that may go to Church and feels like they own it instead of God owning it, if you know what I mean. Sorry, I just got my feathers in a ruffle. I still have many more obits to go and if I see your name as a contributor I will try and just attach it to the edit part.
Added by Tim on Apr 06, 2013 12:32 PM
|Jo Aguirre||RE: Belcher|
No problem .... I had a few today that did the same thing, I will add the information requested. Thank you for all you do.
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