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Salvarsan (#47181938)
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Bio Photo You have my expressed permission to use any of my photos (or the following commentary):

Who would hold hostage - under the fictive pretense of copyright - the photo of a grave stone?

I have not changed my opinion on copyright, but for those of you who feel strongly about protecting your copyright...

Have you noticed that Ancestry is posting ALL of your copyright-protected photos on their profit-driven website?

Why isn't that a violation of your copyright?

The only valuable grave stone photo: Jimmy Hoffa


Suggest that I add or remove a period after a middle initial.

Create a memorial for a living person.

Hide their email address and turn off messages.

Would rather cut off a finger than delete a duplicate memorial.

Request a photo, when the memorial clearly states "NO HEADSTONE".

Post 1 photo, which shows only 1/3 of the headstone.

Don't understand the historical context of "maiden name".

Think that copyright law requires you to post a blood-curdling threat against would-be violators.

Create 175,000 memorials and then complain about inpatient "suggesters".

Suggest a correction by creating a "correct" duplicate memorial.


King, Wisconsin

As of 15 Jun 2013, I have photographed every visible headstone in this cemetery - all have been posted.

That's over 6,600 headstones (May 2015).

With that many photographs, they can't all be "great".

If you would like me to take a more thoughtful photograph - better lighting, background, grass trimmed away, etc - feel free to ask.

I have researched every headstone up to and including Word War I. I have published two books, which list all of these burials and include selected biographical sketches and cross-reference lists:

The Muffled Drum (Civil War) 2013

The Ghostly Bugles (Indian Wars thru WWI) 2014


For context, see the message I received on 8 Jan 2015, from an account holder who believes "military rank is meaningless", military service should "forgotten", and that you must die in a war to have rank applied to your memorial.

Following military customs and courtesies, men and women who died while in service should have their rank applied to their memorial page as a prefix.

Following military customs and courtesies, and federal law; men and women who RETIRED from the military are also authorized to "take their rank with them" after their service. Their rank should also be applied to their memorial page as a prefix.

RETIRED could mean a 20-30+ year career of honorable service, or it could mean a much shorter service period that ended in a medical retirement - eg, a Private who suffered a severe combat wound before serving even a year.

Of course, if the deceased veteran had expressed another preference, then it should be honored.

TO FINDAGRAVE: The drop-down choices for PREFIX need to be updated, corrected, and appended. There is "WO" and "CWO", but only one kind of Lieutenant? Only 2 kinds of SGT? Since when is CORP an appropriate abbreviation for Corporal? (should be CPL)


Oft I remember those I have known
In other days, to whom my heart was lead
As by a magnet, and who are not dead,
But absent, and their memories overgrown.

With other thoughts and troubles of my own,
As graves with grasses are, and at their head
The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread,
Nothing is legible but the name alone.

And is it so with them? After long years.
Do they remember me in the same way,
And is the memory pleasant as to me?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Edis Joubert Bodoh # 39882434
Hello again:
Edis is also in my family line. I just discovered her. Is there any way you can tell me exactly what the headstone with her name says? It is very hard to read. Her name is at the top but then it looks like the name Gus below it (unless I'm blind) with his birth and death date of May 9, 1858 ? & Oct. 5, 1924 ? My records have June 15, 1847 as Edis birth date and Oct. 5, 1924 as Edis death date but this headstone looks like it is Gus death date. Do you know who Gus is? I have looked at her children's names and DOB & DOD and none of them match the info on this headstone. My records also show she didn't marry Charles until June 15, 1863, so this Gus was born before she married Charles. Any help in solving this puzzle would be greatly appreciated.
Added by tootz on Jun 29, 2015 4:49 PM
Elijah Hooks #89260662
Hi, I fulfilled your photo request for Elijah, I can tell you that he has NO military stone anywhere around him. He and his wife are off in a corner with the closet neighbors being their sons and not one military stone within 20 feet. Hope this information is helpful.
Added by kkduck on Jun 28, 2015 8:07 AM
Emily Skrypek
Loren and Julia Dudley
Thank you for the memorial for my 3rd Great Grandfather Loren Dudley. My parents had been to Perryville and couldn't find record of his death. This explains it. Also, I am pleased to see the photo of Julia's headstone. Thank you again!!
Added by Emily Skrypek on Jun 27, 2015 11:12 AM
Linda and William S.
John Mann in Lakeside Cemetery
We took photos of John & Eliza Mann in Lakeside Cemetery (no military stone).

We also took photo of all of the PILLING stones except for Ida (Mann) Pilling as we couldn't find hers.
Added by Linda and William S. on Jun 17, 2015 4:13 PM
RE: M. Louise Bodoh # 54193665
Thank you so much for your quick response and for the info. I guess I didn't click on the picture of all 3 or if I did I missed the writing. This does help. I think do to other recent research info I have found I believe there were Guyette's in the family so this must be my 2nd great grandma's headstone, awesome!!! Now if I can just figure out if the birth year on headstone is correct or wrong. All info I have found so far from sources and other people's research seems to indicate she was born in 1817 not 1813. Off on another adventure, I love it. I appreciate your help and all that you do on findagrave. Without all of you who volunteer on this website researchers like myself would be stuck.
Added by tootz on Jun 13, 2015 4:41 PM
M. Louise Bodoh # 54193665
It looks like you took the 2 pictures of headstones on her memorial page. I believe this is my 2nd great grandma. From research I have found so far I am under the impression she was born in 1817 and this headstone says 1813, having said that I have seen in-correct dates on headstones before. What I would like to know is, is it possible for you to take a close up picture of the headstones on either side of hers, or if you don't think the pictures will turn out legible would it be possible for you to write down what they say for me also? Do you live close to this cemetery? I would really appreciate knowing what they say and if they are also my relatives. Her headstone is the round one in the middle and I want to know what the flat to the ground one says to the right of it and the one on the left which is upright and I don't know maybe kind of heart shaped? I read your whole bio page and I have to say I agree with you on many points. Especially the part about members turning off their messages, it is so frustrating when you can't e-mail/message someone who could possibly help you in your rsearch, it makes me wonder if they have just gotten too many rude people messaging them or what, ya know?. I am disabled and can't go out to cemetery's and do what you do. I am very grateful for all that you do on findagrave. Your service is invaluable to researchers. This website has helped me so much in my search for my ancestors. I look forward to hearing from you.
Added by tootz on Jun 12, 2015 11:09 PM
Pat Minor
Christofferson and Matson photos
Thanks so much for your pictures of the Christofferson and Matson graves. You did an excellent job! I was able to add them to my family tree and now the family info is more complete. I have credited you as the source. I appreciate your time and effort.
Added by Pat Minor on May 29, 2015 6:01 PM
Leonard's stone
Those are wonderful photos. Thank you so much for doing that. We can read all the dates and the extra effort was nice.
Added by TwinFoley on May 29, 2015 5:09 PM
charles swasey
Oramel Rich
Hi, Thank You for the info About Oramel Rich's service in the Civil War. If I may ask where did you locate the info about where he was wounded. Have a really great day . Chuck
Added by charles swasey on May 26, 2015 2:40 PM
patrick lincoln
Mary Purves and mother Esther graves.
Thank you for the great photos of the graves of Esther Lombard and Mary L. Purves, we really appreciate it. Pat Lincoln and family.
Added by patrick lincoln on May 24, 2015 7:43 PM
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