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Gary Hancharik (#47247773)
 member for 4 years, 4 months, 29 days
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Bio Photo I originally stumbled onto Find A Grave in February of 2010 while using Roots Magic genealogy software. At that time, there were only 43 million names in the database.

It was always my desire to organize all of my funeral death cards for my relatives in one location as a shrine to honor them. I decided why not make memorials for them on Find A Grave instead? One by one I entered in all of my relatives. Later, I went back and added personal bio's for as many as I could.

I got into the habit of checking the obits from a newspaper that included my hometown and started creating memorials for folks that lived there, people that worked at National Tube, and former members of my old church. I then defaulted to creating memorials for all of the obits. The newspaper went to a larger format with more surrounding counties listed and it became difficult to put in all of the time required to accomplish this on a daily basis while maintaining a family life.

My focus then switched to doing actual footwork in local cemeteries gathering tombstone photos to post. This is a popular diversion here in the South and almost all of the cemeteries have been documented by a few locals so I concentrated on newer gravesites. Up North, the cemetery that my parents are buried in only had 200 entries at that time. There are probably 50K graves there. I would love to take a weeks vacation to photograph all the graves. I'm not one of these folks that contacts the cemetery office for a master list and then submit an electronic spreadsheet entering in thousands in a second. I like to enter in my memorials the old fashioned way, one at a time, doing as much research to link family members.

There is a feeling of satisfaction being able to create memorials and post photos that will be used by future generations creating family trees or just satisfying their curiosity as to what happened to John Doe, their old schoolteacher, neighbor, or boyfriend?

A portion of my vacation was spent in the summer of 2012 putting two small church cemeteries on the map. I had researched the areas that I was going to visit and found that one of the cemeteries only had one entry while the other showed only 200. Google satellite photos revealed hundreds more so my goal was to document both. My son helped me to photograph the Polish church cemetery in Helmetta, NJ. I had photographed a smaller Ukrainian church cemetery a few miles from his old home in Connecticut. We had driven past that area many times and never knew that there was a cemetery hiding there.

Now, I like to research old newspapers online seeking to create memorials for those that have been long forgotten.

I will honor all memorial transfers outside of the F.A.G. guidelines. You don't even have to be related. I would rather transfer the memorial to someone who knew them and has a genuine desire to maintain their memorial. The only exception on transfers would be a relative but I have transferred several of my memorials to those that were closer related.

Feel free to use any of my photos that I have posted. I'm not going to sit here and thump on my chest claiming that I have "copyrights" on my pictures. If I didn't want to share, then I wouldn't have bothered to take the photo in the first place.

At this time I would like to thank all of you that have visited my memorials and left tokens, flowers and messages. As an example, what are the chances that a total stranger would stop at my folks tombstone in person, not knowing anything about them and proceed to say a few kind words or leave a flower? Zero! I tried to put as many of my relatives on the Online Stroll so you will have the opportunity to learn a little about who they were and bring them to you. I'd also like to thank those folks that provide tombstone photos for my memorials when I haven't even requested them. The system doesn't notify you of this and I only discover this when I am doing maintenance.

I grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area and am currently living near Dallas, TX. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any help with your F.A.G. needs. Some of you already have and I tried to research as much as possible to give you the best answer.

My goal on Find A Grave is to provide as much accuracy as possible. For me, it's not about the numbers. I constantly send edit requests to other members and likewise have received edit requests when new information becomes available.
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Messages left for Gary Hancharik (114)[Leave Message]
Michelle ❤❤💕❤❤
Re: Haggard Photo
Thank you for the photo of Enoch's headstone, much appreciated.

Have a good evening,
Added by Michelle ❤❤... on Jul 11, 2014 3:22 PM
Big Ern
William Eckert
Thank you so much for the transfer. I appreciate it.
Added by Big Ern on Jul 05, 2014 8:59 AM
Anna May (Althouse) Stoudt
Dear Mr. Hancharik,

I thank you greatly for the transfer. I've updated a fair amount of information to her memorial, with more to come.. I, along with the rest of the family, are extremely grateful to you.

Bryan Althouse
Added by BAlthouse on Jun 10, 2014 5:00 PM
Gail Lyons Grier
RE: Emely Ferrell
Thank you, have a great day.
Gail Lyons Grier
Added by Gail Lyons Grier on Jun 01, 2014 5:31 AM
Gail Lyons Grier
Emely Ferrell
oh Wow! your tombstone pictures are fantastic. Thank you so much, for your time and efforts.
Gail Lyons Grier
Would it be o.k. to use them on my family tree at
Added by Gail Lyons Grier on May 30, 2014 8:48 PM
Gail Lyons Grier
RE: Ludlow
Thank you so much for your time and efforts, it is greatly appreciated. Have a blessed and safe memorial day.
Gail Lyons Grier
Added by Gail Lyons Grier on May 25, 2014 8:29 PM
Jim Allingham
Dolores Bogacz
Thanks for the quick work on the transfer, Gary. I have added her husband and deleted my duplicate. I will add her father.
Again, thank you for the transfer. And, again, I apologize for creating an errant duplicate.
Best regards,
Added by Jim Allingham on May 23, 2014 9:25 PM
Jim Allingham
Request for transfer - Dolores Bogacz
Would you please transfer Dolores Bogacz (your #68424087) to me. She was my mother's aunt (my great-aunt).
You posted her memorial on April 16, 2011. As a new contributor to F.A.G. in 2012, I also posted a memorial on February 11, 2012 (mine is #84843579). At the time, I never checked to see if a memorial had already existed. I sincerely apologize for my mistake in creating the duplicate.
I've been doing maintenance and updates on the memorials I've created and I just found my mistake.
Once you transfer, I will add my information to your memorial and then delete mine, thereby preserving your original posting.
I appreciate your understanding and help with this matter. Thank you very much in advance.
You have created an incredible body of work and I'm sure you've helped countless individuals find lost family members.
Best regards,
Jim Allingham
Lansdale, PA
Added by Jim Allingham on May 23, 2014 8:20 PM
Sharon O
Thanks for the birth info - Are you related to him?
Added by Sharon O on May 07, 2014 9:00 AM
Ira Franklin Inman
Hi Gary,

Thank you for not changing the birthdate for Ira Inman. It is a mistake on the newspaper's part. He is my husband's great-grandfather. His birthday was June 29, not the 19th.

Do you have a copy of his obituary? I do not and would like very much to have it. If you'd be willing to share, my e-mail is

Thanks again.

Diane Inman
Added by inmand15 on Apr 21, 2014 9:29 AM
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