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Chris Nelson (#46617359)
 member for 12 years, 9 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo I love researching cemeteries and strive for accuracy. If you see an error or have additional info you want added, do not hesitate to contact me through Suggest A Correction (not through Messages or E-mail) and I'll be more than happy to make the changes. (Note: Suggest A Correction is accessible through the Edit tab.)

Note that Find A Grave, though a valuable resource for genealogists, is not primarily a genealogical website. Certain highly detailed genealogical data (e.g. census transcriptions) is more suited for sites like Rootsweb.

Some people I have entered are my relatives; most are not. In documenting graves, I contribute to this site's growth and completeness. My goal is often to photograph an entire cemetery, but in large cemeteries this can be a daunting task; in such cases I just randomly photograph markers that catch my eye.

Some have asked why I am doing this. I'm doing this to honor the memories of the dearly departed, to give relatives who live far away the chance to visit the graves of their loved ones online when they can't do so in person, and to assist genealogists by providing information unavailable elsewhere. No disrespect is intended; indeed, I enter the data and post the photos with only the most respectful and honorable of motives.

I live in Taiwan and often travel to places like Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia to photograph cemeteries.

To protect the privacy of the living, I do not input pre-need graves, and I remove the names of the living from obituary information I post.

In general, if the stone does not show a birthdate, but instead an age, I do not calculate the birthdate from the age due to varying methods of calculations used, instead leaving the birthdate field blank. I make exceptions for my own direct ancestors and those for whom I can find reliable documentation. I can't stress this enough: If you wish me to add a birthdate to a headstone with only a death date and an age, please tell me HOW YOU KNOW the person's birthdate. Otherwise I will SUMMARILY IGNORE that request! Plus, I can't make links to children or siblings; only to spouses and parents. Such requests WILL BE IGNORED.

And when providing me with cities or towns of birth and/or death in the US, please tell me the county. Thank you!

As for transferring "ownership" of memorials, I am more than happy to do so if you are a relative. But please make the requests reasonable, rather than saying something like "Give me all your Smiths." This is Find A Grave, not Go Fish! :)

Enjoy your graving!
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Mary Shawhan Megibben
Mary Shawhan Megibben (Memorial# 19877599)
Will you please transfer his memorial page to me
my contributor number is(#48639348).
Relationship - 2g-grandmother.
Added by nebbm on Feb 25, 2015 6:30 PM
James K. Megibben
James K. Megibben (Memorial# 19877603)
Will you please transfer his memorial page to me my contributor number is(#48639348).
Relationship - 2g-grandfather.
Added by nebbm on Feb 25, 2015 10:07 AM
Protestan Cemetery at Penang
Hi, Christ! Nice work you're doing!

A quick request for help on this cemetery. Would you, please, mark the home page of this cemetery with a note about its having been completely photographed on such-and-such a date and that there are no more stones to photograph? I'm currently inputting burials here from the old burial registers, but you are already receiving Photo Requests on some of them. Even though I'm marking all of the memorials with the source for the info, folks won't have a way of knowing that there is no longer anything to photograph. It'd be a shame to waste anyone's time looking through the cemetery for something that never or no longer exists. Thanks for your help with this.
Added by JanisG on Feb 08, 2015 6:27 PM
Paula Lewis Picken
Latham B Avery
Sorry I left the message, I did not read through your bio before I did.

Paula Lewis Picken
Added by Paula Lewis Picken on Feb 07, 2015 1:45 PM
Paula Lewis Picken
Latham B. Avery
Thank you for letting me know you found the last resting place for Latham Burrows Avery. Your work is appreciated.

Could you please link him to his parents, Latham Avery #9284487 and Betsey Wood Lester Avery #9284373. I will continue to link his memorial, but I have made a notation based on your findings and other records.

Also he was born in Groton, New London County, Connecticut on Sept 5, 1817. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. This information can be found online in the following book.

The Groton Avery Clan Vol. II by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery; Published 1912 by [s.n.] in Cleveland, Ohio; page 304-305, 477-478.
Added by Paula Lewis Picken on Feb 07, 2015 1:42 PM
Philip Somervail
Hnedrie Wardlaw Somervail
Thank you for adding a photograph to the website of my great uncle's grave at Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Added by Philip Somervail on Feb 06, 2015 8:18 AM
Kathy Duncan
Mary Ingels
Thank you for the transfer.
Added by Kathy Duncan on Feb 05, 2015 4:33 PM
John Chalmers
Thank You for the grave location, it is appreciated, Regards Blumokitty
Added by BluMoKitty on Feb 02, 2015 10:01 PM
Royton RollofHonour
Singapore Memorial
hi there, I'd like to use your photo of the Singapore Memorial on my website.

Would this be possible? I would,of course, credit you and can also put a link from your name to a web address. Your findagrave page perhaps?
Added by Royton RollofHonour on Feb 02, 2015 11:21 AM
Calculated Age
Yesterday, I sent through quite a few edits for memorials in the Protestant Cemetery in Penang. Unfortunately, I didn't read your lengthy bio until just now. Please allow me a moment to plead for calculating birthdates using the age on tombstones.

In the beginning of my association with FindAGrave, I felt the same way as you about this. However, having used it extensively, I have changed my mind completely. If I am looking for John Smith, let's say (which I often am), it's great if I can filter the search page to show me only John Smiths born before 1840 or 1880 or whatever. This means that I don't need thirty hours to plow through ALL John Smiths (or other names, of course). It is a wonderful search filter but is only as good as the memorials created on here.

If only the number of years is given on a headstone, then I just subtract the number of years from the death year, mark the bio section with "Birth date calculated using age on headstone." and let folks read the transcribed inscription or look at the photo. Researchers will quickly see that the birth year may be off by one year. It does, however, allow them to even find the memorial in the first place.

If there is a full age on the headstone or death record (e.g., 36y 10m 26d), then it seems a no-brainer to include the actual date. There is only one way to calculate these dates (backwards--days first, then months, then years), and the bio section can be marked the same as aforementioned.

If there is a post-1836 death record (such as I worked with on your Prince of Wales Island cemetery), it nearly always contains some kind of age. A good transcriber will make this info available to the researcher and allow the end user to double-check calculations. Since there are SO many errors on headstones, worldwide, all info needs to be double-checked, anyway.

I just finished a defunct cemetery here in the US. Everyone seemed to be named Thomas Thomas, Evan Evans or William Williams (huge Welsh influx). I was happy to include possible birth years, in order to help researchers actually find the people. Sure it took a little longer to do, but what good are a lot of memorials which no one can find?

Thanks for letting me speak on behalf of calculated birth dates. I hope that you will accept my edits, because it took me a good amount of time to calculate all of those and find your missing info in the British death records. You've done a nice job working in these old cemeteries. Hope I've been of some little help to someone looking for your memorials.
Added by JanisG on Jan 27, 2015 1:34 PM
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