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Tim & Grace (#46907821)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.

This new edit system is pretty good. It makes it possible to edit memorials belonging to "Fallen Gravers" , whether they be deceased or just gave up. the problem though is that since memorials now show up as "hints" on, many novices are submitting edits based on unverified sources. It takes time to verify edits when they are submitted. It would be great if source information could be attached to the edit request. In the meantime, it would be helpful if people could submit edit "other" with source documentation along with the edit.
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Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.

I will [Transfer] memorials.
I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...

If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.

I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.

I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.

Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did.
Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone.
When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.

By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!

Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!

"Live Long and Prosper!" \V/,
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Laurie Kearney
Achsah (Beals) Packard
Hi Tim and Grace!

First I'd like to give you a BIG Thank you for all you have done! I have a lot of ancestors from Maine and you two have traveled the whole state taking pictures. You guys are awesome!

I was wondering if you would connect Achsah (Beals) Packard (# 69582368) with her parents. They are:

Benjamin Beals #19444104
Molly (Noyes) Beals # 174911898

She was born 18 May 1794 in Poland and is the twin to my gggg-grandmother, Sophia (Beals) True. (If you want to transfer her to me, that is fine too)

Again, Thanks for all you do!
Added by Laurie Kearney on Jan 05, 2017 8:18 PM
RE: Henry Blaisdell Hatch

We've talked several times before. I'm a retired USN Commander/ fellow vet. Just send on the edits & I'll process them ASAP.

Added by BarryC on Dec 27, 2016 5:43 PM
Hatch's Chocurua Cemetery
Are you related to the Hatch's?
Added by Alexis on Dec 27, 2016 3:59 PM
Henry B Hatch # 92002698

If you donít mind, as Henry was my 1st cousin, 5 x removed, Iíd prefer to keep him. I see youíve made some additions to Chocorura this week and Iíll try to update the Hatch memorials ASAP Ö. thanks! Iíve linked Henry to his mom and updated his middle name Ö if you send me the bio info you'd like to add Iíll take care of that too.

Thanks again for your work Ö stay warm up there in the frozen northland!

Tried to e-mail you, but hotmail doesn't like my provider a rejected it.

Barry Coombs
Added by BarryC on Dec 27, 2016 12:27 PM
Kathy Manning
RE: sorry - computer glitch x3
I took those photos several years ago and I believe I've removed them from my computer. Maybe next year when I get up there I can check?
Added by Kathy Manning on Dec 13, 2016 6:40 PM
Kathy Manning
Sherman Bean
Hi Tim,
I've transferred him to you. If there are anymore (that I'm not related to, of course) just let me know. :) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Added by Kathy Manning on Dec 13, 2016 12:37 PM
Gail Kelly
RE: Sacre Bleau!
I had my daughter help with all the French...she took it in high school. Made me really appreciate those that were in English..

Added by Gail Kelly on Dec 05, 2016 10:04 AM
Gail Kelly
John Baptist, Calvary Cemetery Skowhegan
Hi Tim,
You sent me a correction of a correction, but I am not sure which way to make it. Was he 68 or 88?
And I understand your plight with the cursor....hang in there; man will beat the machine!
Added by Gail Kelly on Dec 05, 2016 9:42 AM
Pamela R
RE: Chamberlins in Mount Vernon Cemetery
Your Welcome. If there are any others just let me know. I have been spending a lot of time at Mt Vernon lately.
Added by Pamela R on Nov 19, 2016 7:25 PM
Re Barnabas B Russell
Barnabas has also another child, I'm sure by Nancy Groves or Mary A Tozier. He is known as William Erastus Russell. I Would be safer to say he is Nancy's son where he was born in Etna, Me 1847 and died in Seattle, Washington, Nov 5, 1903. He is also in Alaska with his brother, Charles K Russell. I have the info if you would like to see it.

Thank you,
Kim Kitsos
Added by KIM KITSOS on Nov 08, 2016 6:42 AM
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