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Melissa Strobel (#47687800)
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Bio Photo I blame my mother for this.

When I was a young girl, my mother was our girl scout troop leader. One of our projects was to learn how to read headstones in a local cemetery. Not only did she get my hooked on genealogy, but I've harbored this love affair with cemeteries ever since.

During my teen years my best friend's house was right next to a cemetery, and take a wild stab at where we spent a lot of time? But I loved those places, and that was where I would go to think things through, or just to have some time to myself. Fortunately I had a boyfriend (now my husband) who was amazingly tolerant of my odd interests, and eventually started to share them. He can read a stone when others would have given it up long before.

I am now a historian by training, and an archivist by profession. When I first found Find A Grave it was in its early years and I didn't have a lot of use for a site that just did "famous" gravesites. During a research stretch I discovered it again, and it appealed to me on several levels. This site seems to solve several "problems" that I've had over the years, mostly involving indexing, photographing and presenting in some coherent fashion graves of one sort or another for one purpose or another. I've enjoyed my stay so far.

My philosophy with this project is: everyone deserves to be remembered. From the oldest to the youngest, the greatest to least. All deserve to have a memorial. I tend to focus on damaged and eroded gravestones, and cemeteries that appear to be "at risk". Generally that means (to me) the places and stones that are quickly eroding, have taken undue amounts of damage due to the environment or vandalism, or are neglected in some other way. Given my background and specialization in early regional history up to the Civil War period, these tend to be what catch my eye as well.

Having said that I'm like a sugared-up kid in a candy store armed with a camera and a notebook when presented with a cemetery of any form. It keeps me out of trouble. Usually.
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Dennis Rose
McConnells et al
Thank you Melissa for all the photos i keep running into on relatives memorials, they are very much appreciated. Also thank you making some of the memorials as i was not sure where some of them were. Thank you again for all you are doing. Denny
Added by Dennis Rose on Jul 20, 2014 6:07 AM
Charles E. Harris
Harris Family
Ref last message (Unity Cem)
Many of my relatives are buried in Unity including my Mom and Dad, Floyd Robert Harris and Mary Grace Harris (Walters)(Sect R). Rachel Ann Harris (Powell) My G GM, along with G Uncle Franklin (Frank) and John and my GF Harry Robert Harris' second wife (Myrtle Edith Harris) (Lewis) are buried in Section F and there are no grave headstones. My GF Harry Robert is buried in Sect F Single Grave and my Brother Clarence Braden Harris b. 25 Oct 1927 d. 25 Oct 1927 is also buried in Section F (No headstone). G GM Rachael Ann Harris (Powell) was married to my G GF William Harris who is buried in St. Vincent Cem. I believe the only Harris in the Cem. He was a Civil War Veteran who died in Nov 1905 in Monastery Slope (Lloydsville). I was born in Latrobe and when I left the area in 1950 we were living in Lloydsville. I now live in Louisiana.

Charles E. Harris
Added by Charles E. Harris on Jul 07, 2014 3:34 PM
Charles E. Harris
Leroy Ruffner Mem #119481891
On Leroy's Memorial you have the following:
Siblings: Franklin Harris
John Harris
Laura M. Harris
Harry Robert Harris
Elmer T. Harris
Albert Harris
Leroy Ruffner
Laura M. Harris is his Mother (Laura Moria Ruffner) Franklin (Frank) through Albert are his uncles. Harry Robert Harris is my Grandfather. Laura is my G Aunt and the others are my Great Uncles. Leroy would be a Cousin to me (2d Cousin or or 1st Cousin once removed).

Charles E. Harris #48280832
Added by Charles E. Harris on Jul 07, 2014 3:15 PM
Julie Nicholson-Turbide
RE: Theresa Houser
I know exactly what you mean! Done it myself several times. Smiles :)
Added by Julie Nicholson-Turbide on Jul 07, 2014 7:25 AM
Sarah Cline
Thanks for connecting Sarah to her parents Marcellus and Frances Hawk.
Added by KLM on May 14, 2014 11:39 AM
Carolyn Womack
RE: Jeremiah & Grace Tittle
I would appreciate that as they're kin to both my family, and also to my brother-in-law's family. I found a common ancestor last fall and discovered he is my sister and my 13th cousin. Talk about the coincidences of genealogy! It was certainly the main topic at the Thanksgiving dinner!! Thank you.
Carolyn Womack #47742778
Added by Carolyn Womack on Apr 06, 2014 3:50 PM
Carolyn Womack
Jeremiah & Grace Tittle
I want to thank you so much for the photos and edits for Jeremiah, Grace, and their daughters Nancy & Rebecca's markers. I hadn't been able to find where the daughters were buried, so I'm glad to learn that. I really appreciate all you're doing for Find a Grave. God Bless you.
Carolyn Womack
Added by Carolyn Womack on Apr 06, 2014 1:39 PM
Tom L. Schall Sr
Family Link
I want to truly thank you very much for the transfer of the Lafferty. I have connected of them to each other..

Tom L. Schall Sr
Added by Tom L. Schall Sr on Apr 05, 2014 6:41 AM
Tom L. Schall Sr
RE: Family
Grace Elizabeth Lafferty
b: 1893

Is a Sister to Charles
Added by Tom L. Schall Sr on Apr 04, 2014 6:19 PM
Tom L. Schall Sr

Hi Melissa, I have confirmation that this is the Lafferty i am looking for
John H. Lafferty - John Harvey
Mary S. Lafferty - Mary Elizabeth Schall Lafferty
1.Charles Harvey Lafferty
Zoe Bruner Lafferty is Charles Harvey Lafferty Wife.
2.Leona Meade Lafferty
3.Grace Elizabeth Lafferty

All the Dates are the same as the ones in are family tree and my 1 cousin that is a Professor in genealogy has confirmed this..

Thank you..

Tom Schall Sr
Added by Tom L. Schall Sr on Apr 04, 2014 5:38 PM
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