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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine.
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Thank you for the photo of Fidelia M. Brockway's grave stone. The family greatly appreciates it!
Added by Dowling on Jul 27, 2016 10:39 AM
Dr. J
Andrew Howk/Huyck #27906291
You have a lot of Howk/Huyck memorials. I was wondering if I could get your opinion on two memorials. I found an Isaac Howk (#14828587) married to Sarah (#14828628) and I think his father might be Andrew. Can you take a look and weigh in? Thanks, Lisa
Added by Dr. J on Jul 26, 2016 11:23 PM
Carolyn Gray
RE: Byron Eugene Peck
Re birth date 3 Mar 1845--what edition of The Yaw-Yeaw Family in America do you have? I an looking at 2016 edition and complete birth date is there
Carolyn Yeaw
Added by Carolyn Gray on Jul 26, 2016 8:47 AM
Susan Barrow Spaulding
RE: Philip Spauldin Memorial
The Spalding/Spaulding/Spalden names are spelling differently in so many places, it's hard telling. I've seen that before where the father does not have the "u" and the children do or some of them have the "u" and some not. Crazy bunch I guess. Sometimes the agency doing the spelling (census, death, Birth records, etc. spelled the best they knew how.
Added by Susan Barrow Spaulding on Jul 24, 2016 6:07 PM
Susan Barrow Spaulding
RE: Philip Spauldin Memorial
I appreciate your position. It's tough sometimes. Do you think the "G" was either left off on purpose, or faded with time.

I've seen Spaulding/Spalding spelled with Spaulden, but not with the "i".

Susan Barrow Spaulding
Added by Susan Barrow Spaulding on Jul 24, 2016 3:52 PM
RE: Arithusa Raynford
You're welcome, and I completely understand!
Added by omigosh on Jul 23, 2016 2:32 PM
Carolyn Gray
RE: Byron Eugene Peck
Source is book "The Yaw-Yeaw Family in America". First Edition of this book was 1962 and it was compiled by 3 members of the Yaw-Yeaw Family that had done extensive research on their family lines. At that time the research involved direct communitcations with family members still alive. James Yeaw and I (Carolyn Yeaw) are currently updating this book. We check and recheck all information sent in to us from Yaw-Yeaw family members all over the United States. I truly believe our information is correct.
Thank you.
Added by Carolyn Gray on Jul 21, 2016 4:08 PM
Roslyn Roisman-Patchi
RE: Elizabeth (Landon) Ives
Yes I check for new Landon memorials every day. I'm sort of obsessed you might say! Thanks for processing the edits!
Added by Roslyn Roisman-Patchi on Jul 19, 2016 10:57 PM
Francis Symons
I found the answer to my question.
I believe from not finding Francis on the cemetery index, and seeing his death certificate, that Francis was placed in at Vault at Green Lawn until being moved to Vermont for burial. If you can find him buried at the same cemetery as his wife, I would be interested in knowing what you find. I will touch base with Green Lawn Cemetery to see if they have any other information on Francis.
Added by Patty on Jul 18, 2016 4:46 PM
Francis Symons
Do you know where the parents or wife were buried?
Added by Patty on Jul 18, 2016 4:26 PM
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