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richokeefe (#47101474)
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Bio Photo Digging for ROOTS then exploring the BRANCHES.

I've been researching our family history since 1996. This is an excellent site to be able to pay tribute to a person by providing a photo of the person & their gravestone plus a bio and key parts of their obit and relationship links to parents, spouse(s) and deceased children and it's FREE. It also allows others who have any relevant information to add it to their memorial. REQUEST - If you have a photo of someone that I have posted on F A G, please consider adding the photo to their memorial or send it to me and I will be happy to add it for you.
Since gravestones have such a high degree of accuracy, a photo can confirm or correct birth & death data. I also provide a link for individuals from our family tree on Rootsweb to their FindAGrave record. This is an excellent way for cemeteries to "give up their dead".
My great grandparents surname are O'Keefe/Kearns, Seitz/Gross, Shaughnessy/Collins & Blondin/Richard. My wife's great grandparents are Krapf/Ferbert, McGregor/McCracken, Remaklus/Knieper & Minnich/Lescher. And then for our grandson we added these surnames Leipold/Knauer, Loomis/Freeman, Greer/Nelson, Henry/Hunter, Saunders/Page & Woodworth/Snow.
There are 4257 memorials with photos, 98% headstones, and another 377 memorials that need photos added; who have been found or added from my extended family tree thanks to a great group of volunteers.
Trying to give back to FindAGrave and all who use it for all F A G has provided:
I have worked with my wife's cousin to set up memorials at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Bryant, IN for the 500+ headstone photos she took of headstones in the cemetery;
Set up @ 800 memorials at St. Peter's Cemetery in North Ridgeville, OH from an out of print book of gravestones from the cemetery;
Michelle Davis and I worked from 4,500+ death notices in the Cleveland papers to add memorials for those buried at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, OH. This was a big job. Michelle volunteered to help me with this project and has made an invaluable contribution towards its completion. Thanks Michelle.
I have added @ 85 memorials for deceased Notre Dame nuns at Resurrection Cemetery on the grounds of the Motherhouse in Chardon.
I have set up many memorials for people not related to me in any way and would be happy to transfer to any relative or friend willing to maintain their memorial.

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l maxim
thank you!
Added by l maxim on May 03, 2015 3:17 PM
l maxim
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thank you for adding. would you mind transferring to me. they are my uncle's parents and i'd like to set up the connections, etc.
Added by l maxim on May 02, 2015 3:43 PM
Jane Duesler Iafelice
RE: Carl Pirro #100128008
Thank you for Carl's transfer - I appreciate it. I might have found a memorial for his wife Francis. She died in CA and it shows burial in NJ but only shows the years with no dates so I need further research.
As to not showing funeral arrangements in the obit, what is your reasoning for this.
I've always shown it, but in thinking about it I guess it's not pertinent info, but how can it hurt in the future? I do like showing the burial info as it confirms a person is in that cemetery.
Thanks again. Jane
Added by Jane Duesler Iafelice on Apr 26, 2015 2:42 PM
Thank you so much for the quick transfer of my family. It will be so much easier to add links and such. Much appreciated.
Added by Mother2Many on Apr 20, 2015 2:40 PM
John Jaros
RE: Re: Jerome C Poelking
Hi Rick, Thanks for the changes. I do not need the transfer, bur will accept if if you want. I am updating all of the officers currently remembered by the Greater CLeveland Peace Officer Memorial Society, and hope to update grave locations and obtain headstone pics for all in the near future. Thanks, again.
Added by John Jaros on Mar 13, 2015 11:04 AM
Patricia Wright DeFore
RE: Mother's nickname iin error
Thanks for your reply. Yes, that would be good.
Added by Patricia Wright DeFore on Jan 28, 2015 11:42 AM
Patricia Wright DeFore
Mother's nickname iin error
Hi Rich,
It has been some time since we have been in touch. Thanks so much for all you do and have done
with the Nelson genealogy.
My mother, Nellie Fay Rodgers Wright didn't have a nickname. She preferred to be called by her middle name, Fay.

Added by Patricia Wright DeFore on Jan 24, 2015 4:13 PM
David Hemingway
Hi Rich,

I found your memorial for David Hemingway on Find A Grave. Do you have any proof that he is buried in St Amnadeus?

I know that his 1st wife is there but I have never found any record of David's death. I don't believe that it is recorded in the TC's office.

I don't discount the possibility (I once found a Hemingway vital record in the back of an Alburgh tax book) but have not been able to locate any documentation. I queried the church many years ago and they did not find him in their cemetery records. I am not sure that he was even Catholic.

Added by WMitch6 on Dec 18, 2014 2:37 PM
RE: Hattie Zacharis
Thanks so much for your patience. You are right there is only one Hattie at St. Peter's in Loraine. (That's what I get for working on an iPad mini). The other is at St. Peter's in seven hills. ...see memorial. However, mine was married in the one in Loraine. There must be something wrong... Aye someone entered it in the wrong cemetery. Note that your record for Hattie indicates she would have been way over 100 when she died. I think your Hattie is mine but data in seven hills belongs to yours. How can I get all of this straight?
Added by J.E.E.S. on Nov 07, 2014 3:05 PM
RE: Hattie Zacharis
I am doing my husband's genealogy and Hattie was a distant cousin..daughter of his great grandma's sister. If you can check, there are two memorials for Hattie, wife of Henry. The one indicating burial in 1918 is correct according to her death certificate.
Added by J.E.E.S. on Nov 05, 2014 9:58 PM
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