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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 12 years, 6 months
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.

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Hoff vs. Mt. Sinai
Don't know what to say but here goes: Are you talking to me??? I didn't get an email from you - hence why no answer, but I'm not sure what your talking about so are you sure you are talking to me??? LOL let me know.
Added by spanielfam on Aug 22, 2014 6:46 AM
Ellen Ellis, Memorial # 11474928
I'm not sure if you are aware that there is a ceremony scheduled for the Fergus Falls State Hospital Cemetery on September 7, 2014. Email me directly at and I will send you information.

By the way, the location of her grave is: Section 43, Grave 8, Cemetery 2

Added by SJF on Aug 22, 2014 5:54 AM
David Mosier Miller
Emma Matilda (Houser) Armstrong's tombstone photo

I have attempted to contact the submitter (Karan) of Emma Matilda's tombstone photo to see if see could delete her photo. In the meantime, I will go to Loyal Oak Cemetery and see if I can get a photo of the correct stone (I live close by).

David (in Akron, OH)
Added by David Mosier Miller on Aug 20, 2014 9:07 AM
Of Immigrants
Thank you so much!
Added by Of Immigrants on Aug 19, 2014 6:35 PM
Of Immigrants
Transfer request
Hi Zella!

I'd like to request the following memorials transferred to me:

Adam Baglash, Memorial #82348554, my Great Grandfather

Mary Baglash, Memorial #82348597, my Great Grandmother

Annie Baglash, Memorial #82348698, my Grand Aunt

Dorothy Baglash, Memorial #82348615, my Grand Uncle

Thank you for your time, and thank you very much for creating these memorials, of my family!

Phil Gentry
- Of Immigrants
Added by Of Immigrants on Aug 19, 2014 1:05 PM
Alberta Pottorf
Shields Twins
Sorry, I don't know how to do that inline stuff. This technology age sometimes gets the better of this 90-year-old.

Alberta Pottorf
Added by Alberta Pottorf on Aug 18, 2014 6:55 PM
Crystal (Boylen) Boggs
Catherine/Katherine Macey
Hello Zella,

Thank you for taking the time to send me a message about the two Catherine/Katherine Macey's. However, the other 'Katherine' is the wrong one. She was married to a George I believe. I had already sent messages to the memorial owner but I guess that is how it goes sometimes. I never did figure out where Catherine is buried but I believe it is in Tuscola county, Michigan somewhere. I assume she was there visiting her brother.

Thank you and happy hunting!
Crystal Boggs


Their suggestion:

Catherine is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, and is already listed on the site - as a matter of fact, she is already linked to the parents - if you look at her list of 'siblings' you will see she is on there twice.


Added by Crystal (Boylen) Boggs on Aug 18, 2014 9:54 AM
Beverly Sprowl Teibel
RE: Kenneth S. Shields
I sent his parents links to the manager of Cortland's memorial...that should add Kenneth as a sibling.
Added by Beverly Sprowl Teibel on Aug 18, 2014 6:03 AM
Richard Ingham
RE: Mitchell
you're welcome
was beautiful afternoon to do some tombstone hopping
enjoy helping others with find markers of relatives
Added by Richard Ingham on Aug 17, 2014 8:03 PM
Beverly Sprowl Teibel
RE: Kenneth S. Shields
Here is the formula to add an in-line link to the biography.

In the biography, you would need to type
< a href="">Name< /a>

where XXXXXXX is the GRid number of the memorial you want to link. The GRid is a unique id for each memorial and as such is the only thing within the entire URL that must be included. The "Name" is what will show up on the screen as a link.

You will need to remove the space between < and a at the beginning as well as the space between the < and / at the end. The spaces were added here to actually show you the code.

I will try...sometimes it works for me and sometimes it don't!
Added by Beverly Sprowl Teibel on Aug 17, 2014 3:38 PM
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