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Irma (#46927625)
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Bio Photo Feel free to use my photos for your genealogy research, but please mention that you got the photo from findagrave.
When I do headstone hunts, its nice to get a thank-you from the requester! Also, when writing to me, add a salutation at the beginning, and a thank-you at the end!
Also, thank you to everyone who follows through and makes the enhancements that I send.

Use a mirror to reflect the sunlight off of the stones lettering. I have a cheap $10.00 mirror that is about 4 feet high. I can hold the mirror in one hand, and take the photo with the other hand.
Another place to find your ancestors gravestone photos is on: just search for their name.

A complete and searchable listing of the Hale collection is now available on To find it, click on "search" at the top of the screen. Bring down the drop down list, and click on "card catalog". Then, in the search box, type in "Hale". Then click on it, and you can do a name search. Be advised that not all names come up.

The Old Cove Burying Ground in East Haddam is in need of care, and we need volunteers to help clean up this ancient cemetery. If you live in the East Haddam CT area and are interested in helping to preserve this cem, please email me. At the moment, there are only three people who are taking care of this cem, and two of them are in their 80's!!! We need people who have ancestors in this cem to contribute! Please email me if you are interested.

My family names are: Kerber, Kerper, Hartsock, Gray, Houck, Carper, Harpster, Gault, all in PA. My extended family names are Miller, Hager, Stamschror, all in Minnesota.

East Haddam CT Cems:
Connecticut Gravestone Network:
AGS Association of Gravestone Studies:
For a partial but free listing of the Charles Hale CT Cemeteries,
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Archival newspapers:
Genealogy library in CT: is searchable for over 26,000 newspapers!!! Awesome site!
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Nancy Fleetwood Miller
RE: David White #62578375
Thank you so much for the transfers...I really appreciate your thoughtfulness! Nancy
Added by Nancy Fleetwood Miller on Feb 27, 2015 3:12 PM
Nancy Fleetwood Miller
RE: David White #62578375
Dear Irma,

I would appreciate it if you would not post "scolding" messages on my message board.

I did not ignore your 1st message, I was out of town with my family when your request came in and I did not have access to my source records. Just a week after your 1st request, you posted another message: "Source please--this is my second request for the source..." You make it sound as though I've ignored your request.

I normally respond within a day or 2 at most and I am always very sensitive about responding to inquiries. I know how disappointing it is to have my inquiries go unanswered. That said, I am always patient, courteous and respectful of all the Find-A-Grave volunteers and realize that they are not always able to respond immediately.

As soon as I return home, I will be happy to supply the requested information. Please do not post more negative messages. If you need to contact me, please feel to use my email:

Thanks very much,

Added by Nancy Fleetwood Miller on Feb 24, 2015 2:19 PM
Diane Gravlee
RE: Hale Collection cont'd
I see your point about listing a source for the inscription. Diane
Added by Diane Gravlee on Feb 20, 2015 4:40 PM
Diane Gravlee
RE: Hale Collection cont'd
If I re-send the inscription without From the Hale Collection, you will include it?
I just thought, it might be wise to source it since there was no grave marker photo and those not knowing about the Hale Collection (non-CT folks) might wonder where it came from. What if I put
[Source: Hale Collection] after the inscriptionl in brackets? If that is not acceptable, I'll just send the inscription.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Feb 20, 2015 9:22 AM
Diane Gravlee
Hale Collection cont'd
Below is a description of the Hale Collection. If I read this correctly, it is a transcription of the actual stone. Why then wouldn't you want to put the transcription in the inscription box? It says the information is what was inscribed on the stone. Please clarify if you feel I still have this wrong. Most inscriptions on any Find A Grave memorial will be repeating what is given for name & dates, so that shouldn't be cause not to include an inscription. The description of the Hale Collection is as follows:
Charles R. Hale began charting veterans’ graves in 1916 as a project for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. In the early 1930s he directed a WPA project that transcribed inscriptions on headstones for cemeteries throughout Connecticut, transcriptions that make up the records included in this database. Mr. Hale and his co-workers discovered many old burial places that had been forgotten, and in the end, transcribed headstones in more than 2,000 Connecticut cemeteries.
What You May Find in the Records: details included in the transcriptions vary depending on what was inscribed on the stone.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Feb 19, 2015 9:19 PM
Diane Gravlee
RE: Inscriptons I sent from Hale
Irma, I am not from Connecticut and I wasn't sure why you would assume that everyone in CT. would know about the Hale Collection. But anyway, I thought the Hale Collection gave what was written on the gravestone; you have educated me that this isn't the case. That is why I sent what I did because I thought the Hale Collection cited the inscription. What does it cite??? I did realize you had the info on the memorial, but I was interested in proving there once was a legible marker and that what it said was quoted in the Hale Collection. Would most of those listed in the Hale Collection still have a legible marker that could be photographed? Thanks for your help.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Feb 19, 2015 5:10 PM
Diane Gravlee
Inscriptons I sent from Hale
I'm not understanding why you declined the inscriptions I sent from the Hale Collection for the memorials you manage. I copied it from the online image of the collection at Ancestry. You state that "content submitted does not belong in this data field". I submitted it in the inscription field because it was the inscription quoted from the Collection. Please explain further your reason for declining my suggestion. I felt it was important to include the whole inscription and in that way, people would know what it once said even if it may no longer be legible.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Feb 19, 2015 8:14 AM
Betty L. Schmidt
Thanks for the photo

Thanks so much for Zebadiah Baker's memorial photo. It is greatly appreciated.
Added by Betty L. Schmidt on Feb 10, 2015 11:36 AM
RE: Hustace/Blackwood
Hi Irma,
Thank you. I never thought of that connection. I have been looking into the Velie family also. You are right there are many different spellings.

The Millington/Blackwood families are all buried in the same plot at Green-Wood along with about 5 other different names. No idea of any connection. LOL.

My aim is to get there this spring as I am hoping Clinton Blackwood's Civil War stone was put up.

My pleasure to do the transfers. Good luck with your work!

Added by MemoryKeeper on Feb 08, 2015 6:55 AM
I want to thank you for the bio and forwarding any information to me. I truly appreciate it!

Added by MemoryKeeper on Feb 07, 2015 7:04 PM
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