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I have been doing research on my family history since I was a young girl, and I have acquired an extensive amount of records and photos. And with Findagrave, which is a free memorial and genealogical site for all us, I am happy to share and record valuable data and photos so others also have access to them. I have added over 400 photos, and I see most of them being copied and used in family trees on ancestry.com and other historical databases. Since all of my photos have been cropped—fixed, etc., before being posted, I KNOW that I am the original source, and it would be nice to receive credit, a note and even a thank you for the use of my data and photos,along with findagrave.com, who should also be given credit. None of this was done without a lot of time and research and money, too.|
For the most part, I have posted memorials and photos of relatives and ancestors. See my Virtual Cemeteries for my families. Also,I have encouraged others to add their families to findagrave, take photos, request photos and honor their relatives with memorials.
Please let me know if I've made an error in any part of my postings. I welcome additions and photos which can be added without being a memorial manager. I have not had much luck transferring memorials when the new owner isn't interested in "maintaining them." As a true remembrance to loved ones, I want to add my photos,stories, obituaries, documents, etc. to memorials as I find them. This is a work in progress.
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"We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve…. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen….. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."
I have made many new friends from this great site. People who want to walk around cemeteries are an amazing group. I have many stories about the terrific people and incredible data I have received from people who look at or work on this site. For example, there was question about the death date of an ancestor. Finally, a wonderful person wrote to me about an ancestor's grave site, which had no tombstone, and she asked if I wanted her to post a picture of the "grassy spot." where he was located. My answer was yes and, so she put a flag in the middle of the spot and posted the picture. Then she asked if I wanted a copy of the obituary that she had found. I was elated and after receiving it, I leaned why the death dates was questionable. The family left him on the ranch and went on vacation for a month, and when they returned they found him dead on the front porch—so when did he die?
Thank all of you who have added to findagrave, to my memorials and to my genealogical findings. God bless you!
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|Gwen||Knights of Phytias photo|
I just wanted to let you know that I have used your photo of the Knights of Phytias cemetery and attached it to my Simeon M Booker on my ancestry.com family tree, with attribution to you and Find a Grave. Thanks very much for posting it! Gwen
Added by Gwen on Mar 05, 2014 12:50 PM
|Kathleen Boyd||Henry Harvey Hamlin #74599913|
Re: my above 3rd cousin 4x removed (yeah, not really close), I will be using the drawing of him (which is wonderful) and headstone photos. I do always try to credit findagrave, but generally don't credit person maintaining the memorial. I understand your frustration, not so much about the headstone photos as that's why I posted them, but regarding the family photos I post on line - especially ones I post on ancestry that are downloaded by someone and then reposted. That is just plain duplicitous as they can just so much easily attach them. Just found some of my grandparents that unknown folks have reposted and I know I am the only one with a copy. I've decided to start taking them to task for it by posting comments.
Unfortunately, in the beginning I did not credit as well as I should have as I was just doing it for me and not public. Trying to correct as I find them. Lastly, I especially love the headstone photo by Lynn Scheets with all the flowers!
|Tiffany Proctor Knighton||Stark|
Thanks for the link :)
|Judy Oldiges||Cyrus Makemson|
I have not done any pictures for awhile, so today I took my lists to the public library to save myself steps and time. Unsure if you have all of this so will put it here and then try to get over to the Huber Cemetery, which is not far from my house.
Cyrus: 7-26-1820 DOD: 8-5-1906
Wife: Arabella 4-30-1890 65 y 4 m 5 d
This information from Bill Makemson 4/20/2010
Thomas Makemson followed his younger brother John to Logan County Ohio where he settled on farm adjacent to that of his brother John. This farm is now owned by John Kinnan of Bellefontaine, Ohio, a grandson of Cyrus Makemson. Thomas Makemson lived to be 101 years old. Thomas Makemson was a great hunter according to Ohio historical records and killed many deer and bears. The family burial place was on Thomas' farm, but when remains of family were moved to the DeGraff cemetery their tombstones left on the farm where in spring of 1950 the stone of Johnson Makemson was found along fence in barnyard in good state of preservation and showed John died Feb 21, 1889 age 74 yrs 1 month 27 days. This was the year his cousin John, son of John II, died in Indiana. The remains of the Thomas Makemson family are on one end of the Lyman Doan lot in the Degraff Cemetery.
|Peggy Bargen Duey||RE: Trautmann|
I have been on the road a lot and didn't get thru all of my emails. I transferred Elisabetha's memorial to you.
|Deb Kinney-Thomas||Retake in Chariton|
I have found and retaken a picture of the headstone you requested. The names were not readable when I found it. I cleaned them and took 4 pictures. Posted the best one. Still not great but the stone is very polished and you get a glare if not taken at this angle. Hope this helps. D.
|Peggy Bargen Duey||Elisabetha Trautmann|
How are you related to Elisabetha? I don't always follow the Find A Grave guidelines, but I do like to know how you are related before I transfer a memorial.
|Vicki Andersen||Martin Harmon|
I put the info on Martin Harmon in for my husband who is the 6th G G son of Martin and Tryphena Poole Harmon. He descends through Sarah who married Oliver Harmon. I was quite lax in putting in additional information. Thanks for drawing that to my attention. Sometimes doing genealogy there are just tooooo many lose ends to tie up. I have written to James Lovell a couple of times to ask him to link Sarah to Martin and Tryphena I hope he does so soon. I have updated that dates and added a bio to Martin. If you have any suggestions or corrections please let me know
It is always wonderful to connect with distant cousins. Which one of Martin's children do you come through??
Thank you for the wonderful pictures you have posted for the families you are related to. I am a distant relative through George Neel & Minerva Glass. The information you have provided on FindAGrave is much appreciated!
|Jeff Simpson||RE: George and Christian Simpson|
According to the Old Anglican Cemetery.pdf information I sent you yesterday, on Page 1, the third paragraph it states:
The Elora Municipal Cemetery opened in 1864. The first interment of a St. John parishioner in the Elora Cemetery was that of George Simpson, a 77 year old farmer from Pilkington, who was buried 16 July 1864.
So George and Christian were not moved from the Old Anglican.
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