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Cris West (#47489260)
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I am THE Cemetery Historian of Bartholomew County (self-declared, of course). I have been working on tracing not just the folks buried in them, but the reason why they were buried there. I chase down the early churches and meeting houses, look through old deed records and DAR cemetery readings to try to get a more complete understanding of who might be buried in those unmarked graves of today.
I have worked closely with Cemetery Researcher Donna Kuhlman and I try to utilize every resource I can to document the history of these sites. I happen to work in the Bartholomew County Surveyor's Office and I have established a database of 175 sites within the county and have enough evidence for each one to declare them burial sites. I have a map of them available to anyone who comes in the office and asks.
I have been fortunate enough in the last 5 or 6 years to meet and become friends with the professional cemetery restorers who have worked on such cemeteries as Carter's Chapel, Flatrock Baptist and Lambert's Station. I would stop there at different times of the day during their restoration work and take photos of every stone they were working on. I found that doing this has given me the opportunity to photograph the stones just after they were cleaned, which hopefully was as close to what they looked like when they were each dedicated as we will ever get. Different types of stones and different types of sunlight furnished at least one good, legible picture of most of the stones.
I hope no one gets upset if I post or have already posted some of these restoration photos on memorials that may already contain a photo of the tombstone. As someone who has been able to find the tombstones of my own ancestors in other states while sitting at my computer, I very much appreciate EVERY photo submitted by dedicated volunteers. I think multiple shots of the stones only add to the site and its cause.
I am also signed up here as the County Surveyor's Office and I have tried to set up the cemeteries that weren't already on here. My ULTIMATE goal is to re-write our Indiana Codes to close up all the loopholes that allow burials in old cemeteries without a plat (just probe and dig) or utility easements through borderless graveyards.
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Boog Graham
RE: FAG # 72507955
I'm not a relative either. I had to research the family to determine if they were part of my Graham line. If you're still inclined, I would be honored to care for the Find A Grave memorial. Otherwise, I was requesting linking James's parents into his Find A Grave memorial. Boog
Added by Boog Graham on Mar 02, 2015 6:20 AM
Boog Graham
FAG # 72507955
Hi, Can you connect James Graham to his parents?
Father: Find A Grave#142432245
Mother: Find A Grave#142431977
If you require my proof of relationship, I posted my work....
Select these papers....
William Graham (1787-1856)
James Graham (1813-1879)

Thank You,
Boog Graham
Added by Boog Graham on Mar 01, 2015 8:00 AM
Newton G. Talley
My Photo
Sorry, I just looked at the photo; this is one of me as Command Sergeant Major in the old Green Uniform.
Added by Newton G. Talley on Feb 14, 2015 10:45 PM
Newton G. Talley
RE: Serena B Talley - 73321587
No, it is the new Army Dress Blues; I retired from the Air Force back in 1990, but I now serve in the Indiana Guard Reserve as a Captain. My first hitch was in the Marines (63-67). And Yes, on transferring Serena to me; also, if you would Nelson - he was my GG-Grandfather. Thanks, Newton G. Talley - Greenwood IN
Added by Newton G. Talley on Feb 14, 2015 10:44 PM
Newton G. Talley
Serena B Talley - 73321587
Serena B Talley (Find a Grave Memorial# 73321587) is the daughter of Nelson (Find a Grave Memorial# 8917086) and Minerva Jane Laws (Find a Grave Memorial# 73321585) Talley. Nelson & Minerva were my GG-Grandparents. Thanks, Newtt | Newton G. Talley, Greenwood IN
Added by Newton G. Talley on Feb 13, 2015 1:08 AM
Norma McCutcheon Gilbert
RE: 122719609
Thanks for your suggestions, but it didn't work for me. I deleted on memorial and the one above still has the wrong cemetery on it.
Added by Norma McCutcheon Gilbert on Feb 02, 2015 3:23 PM
Norma McCutcheon Gilbert
THANK YOU, I don't know how I managed to duplicate this memorial, but I did. I started to delete the other # 122604027, however I was afraid I'd eliminate everything. I'm still new at this and need FIG TO COMBINE THE MEMORIALS and to eliminate the cemetery, it's wrong. She was buried at Oakview
the same cemetery her husband Aaron was buried. Your helpful notes are MOST APPRECIALTED.

Added by Norma McCutcheon Gilbert on Feb 01, 2015 7:35 PM
Carter Cemeteries
Hi, thank you for the note about the infant Arnold. There's a bunch of infant stones in that graveyard, it's hard to say if the other one posted is the same or not since the dates and the mother are different. I don't want someone to miss out on this one since I know my version is right since I was there. Thank you!
Added by oceanmdone on Feb 01, 2015 1:07 PM
Bonnie T
RE: Goldie May Douglas 70521569
Thank you soo much
Added by Bonnie T on Sep 25, 2014 9:12 PM
Bonnie T
Goldie May Douglas 70521569
Hi Chris
1st, thank you for all the work you are doing for our families.

Goldie is one of the sisters of my grandfather; children of John Douglas, who is also buried at Sandhill. I was wondering if you transfer her if she is not in your tree. Thank you - Bonnie #48528492
Added by Bonnie T on Sep 17, 2014 2:00 AM
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