Fyi, am currently up to 4/15/16 emails and notifications, and trying to catch up! Thanks for your patience.
I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.
I manage Find A Grave accounts for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer, and Carol Foss in particular.
My Find-A-Grave Philosophy
We are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.
Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.
Graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.
I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.
Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?
Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. (I have submitted nearly 5,000 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated much of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.
Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data.
My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.
You will see that I have built nearly 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. There are over 130 more at my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of our ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.
Regarding transfer, if you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to pass the memorial along to you if you will explain your connection.
If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.
If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)
My Favorite Cemeteries
Some statistics as of January 2016--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...
1,032 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ 1,023 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ 767 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ 662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ 610 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ 465 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ 351 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ 321 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ 311 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ 265 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ 257 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ 250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ 248 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ 212 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ 198 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ 182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ 162 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ 159 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ 138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ 129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ 120 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ 117 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA 115 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA 113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ 109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ 104 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ 100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ
Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,050.
Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 18,875.
George & Emma (Kirk) Horner Joe, thanks for getting back to me about George and Emma. I understand why you might not have any information about Emma, but can you add any info about George?
My M.O. for genealogy is to collect info about directs (of course), but also about their siblings and the spouses of the siblings. Below is what I have on George. If you can add anything, I would appreciate it.
HORNER George, K1/8-9:(7) Born 1825, New Jersey, son of Elijah & Elizabeth (Coles) Horner. Occupation: Laborer at Harrisonville, Gloucester Co., N.J. (1863 draft registration); farmer at Harrisonville (1870 and ‘80 censuses); landlord at Woodstown (1900 census); “own income” (retired) at Woodstown (1910 census)