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Allan Dettweiler (#46892100)
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Creator of website  a website dedicated to updating and correcting the work of Ezra E. Eby who published "A Biographical History of Waterloo Township" (Ontario, Canada) in 1895-1896.
In addition to Mennonite and other pioneer families in the Waterloo area, the website will now also feature Mennonites from York and Lincoln Counties (Ontario, Canada), as well as Amish and Amish background families from Waterloo, Oxford and Perth Counties in Ontario and beyond.

"Findagrave is one of my favouretist websites in THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD"!

With that said, there are a number of things that just downright annoy me.
For the most part, I work together with other gravers who create quality pages.
What is a quality page?
The ideal page has all, or most, of the fields complete. 
Above all it has, in most cases, a photo of the gravestone - or a photo request submitted.

Here are some things that irk me.
1.  Individuals who add no or very few gravestone photos.
2.  Those who ask me to link to pages with no documentation a person is
      actually interred there. I will ignore these requests.
3.  Gravers who request transfers outside of Findagrave guidelines. I gladly 
     make exceptions for a few of my findagrave friends who have clearly
     demonstated they will add in a significant way to what I have done.
     I am unimpressed by those who accumulate HUGE numbers of pages they              
     did not create themselves - just because they are "related". 
4.  Gravers who add photos which cannot be read.

C'mon folks! Let's do it right, or not at all.
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Kurt Johnson
Bertha Snider
I put it in. Many thanks!
Added by Kurt Johnson on Apr 14, 2014 6:53 PM
B. C. B. : :=)

Maybe that you do not know of a recent change in
Find a Grave memorials.

You should go to your
Contributor Tools page. In the top right hand corner are some tabs. Click on the one marked
Edits. It will contain edits that people have
sent you to update a certain memorial. (the number shown under the word edits is the number
of edits sent to you).
The info will be from research that they have done on that certain person.
You just have to click at the bottom of the page. The system will automatically update the memorial.
They updates can be links to family, more complete dates, locations, names, etc.
Added by B. C. B. : :=) on Apr 14, 2014 6:04 PM
Archie Smith
Found it! Thanks, Allan.
Added by Achisha on Apr 05, 2014 8:02 AM
nancy robison
John Thomas Leader married Eliza Jane Seamans, who just happens to be a direct Mayflower descendent, through her mother Mary Ann Carder.
Your web site comes up "does not match any documents"
I googled your name and say you were running for office as a Libertarian, you have a genealogical site containing some 215,000 names, but your site will not come up at the address you sent me.
Added by nancy robison on Apr 03, 2014 7:48 PM
nancy robison
RE: Downloaders
How am I related to the Gofton family? Well, my 2nd Great Aunt. Lucy Ann Leader, was married to Roger Gofton. She was the mother of 4 of his children: Rhoda, Charlotte, Nancy and Lucy.
Lucy Ann was the sister of my 2nd Great Grandfather, John Thomas Leader, who is buried at Washington Cemetery, with his father, John Leader, and sister Martha Elizabeth Leader.
The Leader kids also married into the Colborn, Gooch, Wallace and Cole families.
The Gofton family nicely sent me 79 pages of family records.
Added by nancy robison on Apr 03, 2014 7:11 PM
nancy robison
RE: Let us be serious
Well, if I visit anyone's memorial, related or otherwise, I feel it is respectful to leave flowers. I would not leave flowers for Obama or Bush, because I would not visit either grave, due to lack of respect.
I have spent 6 years looking for the grave of my 2nd Greatgrandfather. He is recorded as being buried at Washington Cemetery, Blenheim. I found a photo of his headstones under "unknown". I recognized the date that remains on a very old headstone. It is him. I do not just go blindly looking for a almost match. I have spent years researching my Canadian family.
I am the only one of my line who has documented 4 "obscure" lines of family. I have records. documents, etc. I do not blindly ask for connections. I have photos, from a friend, of every cemetery in the Blenhein area. But, since I am not the copyright owner, Find A Grave prohibits their useage. But, I can use the info from the headstones to establish documented burials.
I drive or fly 1000's of miles each year, documenting family records. My passport is currently expired, or I would go to Canada to document my earlier family members... my 3rd and 2nd Great Grandparents on one line, and my 6th and 7th Great Grandparents on another. Lack of a headstone does not mean lack of facts. My 3rd Great Grandmother died in Blenheim abt 1880, and has no burial records. That does not mean she didn't die there, but that there is no recorded record. She is not buried with her family. BUT she is there, somewhere.
My Great Grandmother, a Canadian national, died in Los Angeles in 1938. I have a death date, but no burial or headstone. Does that mean she didn't die? By your standards, yes it does. No headstone, no accurate records.
I would suggest you realize others are not stupid people not capable of doing very extensive research and documentation. We have family, we do research it and in many cases add it to memorial on FindAGrave.
My Aunt Charlotte has no headstone, but she died. Her family just could not afford the price. I went to her grave in Oct and left her real flowers. She IS there.
So, just don't discount a memorial connection request because there is NO headstone.
The family just may know more than you do.
Added by nancy robison on Apr 03, 2014 3:19 PM
nancy robison
RE: few photos
Funny? No I am serious. You are the joke!!
Added by nancy robison on Apr 03, 2014 12:35 PM
nancy robison
RE: few photos
BTW, as I descend from "Canadian Pioneers" Thomas, Susannah and Simon Touchette, circa Canada arrival 1630, I am aware of sites of Canadian records. I use them. I don't just add memorials, I do extensive research prior. Also, there are other sites with actual photos of headstones in various cemeteries. I also use their data. I also verify names, dates and places.
By all means, don't make the connection I asked you for. That's your choice. I really don't care. But to accuse me of being an "armchair" memorial adder is beneath anyone. I am sure you are a "downloader" who just takes cemetery records and adds them. You have not even left flowers. What, just bare minimun...dates you found on Cemetery sites.
Added by nancy robison on Apr 03, 2014 11:44 AM
Art Currie
RE: Photo Requests

Good question. For the most part I have copies of the local genelogical society records - Wainfleet, Humberstone, Bertie plus others in Middlesex and Lambton Counties. While it is true I do not have photographs of all the postings, the genelogical societies various cemetery records are actual inscription readings from the tombstones. Thus, the tombstones did exist at the time the genealogical society did its recording of the cemetery.

Also a secondary source is the Florence Neff Young collection for which I have a copy. As you probably know, Florence did a great job of collectiong family records, a lot of which contain information as to the burial location. I have found her work to be quite accurate since it was done pre-computer days, done by pen and paper whereby she got the information directly from family members.

As an aside, you can't always beieve tombstone inscriptions, as I have been told several times by cemetery office staff. In Poplar Hill cemetery in Middlesex County I know of two tombstones lisitng husband and wife. In both cases, the wives died young and the husbands moved to Michigan to live with their sons. The husbands died and are buried in Michigan although their names are on the tombstone in Ontario.

In our case, I have no problem with your not doing the linking. I fully understand.

Added by Art Currie on Feb 27, 2014 5:30 PM
Kim Garvey
Cross Roads in Wellington County
Cross Roads Memorial Christ/ Puslinch Union/ Brethren in Christ Cemetery
Please add info:
Puslinch Twp,
Concession 3, Lot 5, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada

Thanks Kim
Added by Kim Garvey on Feb 23, 2014 8:24 AM
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