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Craig & Tonya Banks (#46890871)
 member for 8 years, 6 months, 21 days
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Bio Photo When I joined Find a Grave it was a good website where a person could find and connect to their past without having to pay an annual fee. As I searched other volunteers home pages, I would read in their bios how they too expressed their support for the website and how it helped them to find a love one. On certain occasions though, I would come across a bio in which the volunteer didn't write a bio about themselves, but they expressed anger about the neglect of other individuals who didn't abide by the website rules. As I continued to read the bio, I wondered why they would choose to express their anger and frustration rather than write something good about themselves. Well after many years of contributing memorials, photos, and flowers, I know now why they wrote those angry words. I have come to realize that when a website offers free membership, it opens the door to every idiot who has nothing better to do than to create frustration and tension for other people. If these trouble causing individuals were forced to pay an annual fee, I believe they would think twice about wasting their money on creating aggravation for other individuals. I am changing my policy, and will be a STRICT keeper of the Find a Grave Rules. This means: Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be YOUR siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. If you don't understand this, then go find someone who does understand this statement and can explain it to you. There are many of my relatives memorials that I don't manage and I am quite happy to leave them in the hands of other people. If there is something I want added to the memorial I click the EDIT tab and make my request. This is the correct, by the rules, way for this website. If this rule is not followed, then when I receive your email/request, I will list it as spam and it will be deleted.
Another rule I have found that volunteers are breaking is the photo copyright rule. You CANNOT claim a photo you DID NOT TAKE. I have found many of my photos being copied and pasted on other memorials. This is a serious rule infraction. REMEMBER, IF YOU DIDN'T TAKE THE PICTURE.....DON'T TAKE CREDIT FOR THE PICTURE! Ask for permission.
Finally, Be accurate with your information. When photo volunteers go out to fill a photo request, they are taking their time and money to get you that photo. Don't just put someone in a cemetery because it seems like the right one. Take the time to do some research and get confirmation before you list a memorial. Be Considerate!

There are certain individuals out there (and you know who your are) who have caused me to take these measures and unfortunately for the innocent, I'm sorry but things have changed.

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Karen Scudder
Memorial # 77882026 Wendell Coye James
Could the death date of Wendell Coye James be incorrect? I found an obituary for Wendell Coye James on Spirit Newspapers
which indicates that he just passed away. Studying the obit, it is the same man (same parents).

Karen Scudder
Added by Karen Scudder on Aug 27, 2015 6:57 PM
Thank you for your quick additions to the Montfort and Powell line in Telfair County!
Added by VYWall on Aug 26, 2015 2:26 PM
Please read you bio again and reconsider.

After 20 years in the Navy, I personally deplore rules! Especially those that have no bearing on anyone's personal status one way or another, or the rule, if broken, just doesn't matter. I do understand your frustration with many of those 'idiots' and I too have had a few nasty comments for them in return. However, Please don't let a few bad folks destroy your good work and intent. I really don't have any problem with anyone that wants to keep their posts,as long as they are willing to keep my kinfolks current with as much info that's available. I have chosen to transfer "out of guidelines" anytime the requester is courteous.

Life's too short to worry about what other people think or do if you have no control over them. Let them rant, at least YOUR Blood pressure won't go thru the roof.

Have a safe, and wonderful day, and just chill out.
Dennis in Macon, Ga. (AKA POPEYE)

Added by Popeye on Jul 26, 2015 1:03 PM
Ann Parkinson
Clyde Burgsteiner
Memorial# 39047773 Greetings! I noticed you took over his memorial page. My children are direct descendants of the original Burgsteiner in the US in the 1700s. I have an extensive database but do not have this chap. Do you have more info that would help me? I don't know anything more about him, unfortunately! Thanks for ALL you do!
Added by Ann Parkinson on Jul 18, 2015 9:49 AM

I sent you an email a few weeks ago about transferring two memorials to me. I have not heard back yet and thought I would try to contact you on here. The two memorials I would like are my maternal grandparents.

Evelyn Harrison Owens (Memorial No.: 67609245) and
Thomas Phillip Owens, who is alive still (Memorial No.: 67609294) It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Added by jenniferevelyn89 on Jul 17, 2015 6:36 AM
RE: Brock
I remember being in contact with the original creator at some point last year and they were planning to merge the memorial with yours, but I'm not sure why they didn't. Maybe that person is inactive now and Find A Grave transferred it to you? I will send a message to the Find A Grave admins about deleting the memorial. Thank you!
Added by toothpick97 on Jul 09, 2015 6:04 PM
35955958 & 35956154
James Butler Wilkes Sr. is my 5th grandfather on my mother's side. Are you related to him or his wife? I would like you to transfer their Find A Grave memorials to me so that I may maintain them if you are not related. I only manage my own family memorials for direct line grandparents or aunts/uncles who weren't married or didn't have children. I only have a few I manage and I take great pride in accurate information and family history. I'm a younger generation (27) who is trying to keep genealogy love alive.

I was told that James and Lizzie has over 10 children (I believe about 18) and I've been trying to find all of the records for these children and the graves and attach them all to each other. I have names, but haven't been able to verify all of them.

My line is as follows (and I have documentation to support my lineage):

James B. Wilkes and Frances E. Coursey > Wesley L. Wilkes & Alice M. Wingate > James Durad Wilkes & Lena Bell Arrington > Jesse L. Wilkes & Vera M. Browning > Patsy S. Wilkes & Tommy V. Polk Sr. > Rhonda D. Polk & William L. Webb > Me!

Added by RWebbNorman on Jul 08, 2015 11:02 AM
Russell Collins
Grave picture
I am Russell Collins , brother of John Elder Collins who is buried in the Westview cemetary in treutlen co. The picture shows the flight crew of the B-24 plane named Katie Bug. I have tried to find a picture of this plane for years but was unable to . I remember seeing a picture of this plane many years ago. I am so glad you posted this picture Keep up the good work.
Added by Russell Collins on Jul 01, 2015 8:34 AM
Picture of Headstone
Wanted to be sure it was okay to add picture of John w. Smoak's headstone to under his name. Thank You, Bonnie
Added by Bonnie on Jun 27, 2015 8:22 AM
Reta Lee Ivey
Buford C. Johnson
I see Yall maintain some of the ivey you know if this is the son of naomie and John Johnson... I'm looking for their children and Naomi's siblings families.... I belong to the John Harris ivey branch and am doing research...thanks reta Lee Ivey
Added by Reta Lee Ivey on Jun 12, 2015 1:15 AM
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