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I work for Obit City (http://www.obitcity.com), and also maintain several websites, including a private one with my own cemetery transcriptions. I am also a journalist. Find A Grave is one of many online sites to which I've donated information. As my duties at Obit City increase, I'll be adding fewer entries to this site, but I'm still around if you need anything.
I am glad to transfer memorials (save for the few I wish to hang onto for my own loved ones). But please help me out here. If seeking a transfer, please give me the Find A Grave memorial number AND your own contributor number. PLEASE make sure the numbers are correct, as people frequently send me wrong numbers. Don't send a vague note demanding that I transfer your aunt's memorial to you and then expect me to guess which one of my over 15,000 Find A Grave entries your aunt might be, while making me hunt down your contributor number on top of it. This is happening far too often. Thanks!
NOTE: If you are going to submit endless changes to one of my memorials, then please just ask for a transfer. Then you can easily edit it yourself whenever it suits you. There are people asking me to make constant changes to entries, and it's becoming too much to keep up with.
NOTE: I do not know the vast majority of the people whose names I submit here. If I had to guess at a statistic, I'd say I probably don't know 99.5% of them. At least. The information comes from public records.
NOTE: Don't send massive hunks of data and expect me to do anything about it. Please do the polite thing and send small portions of information at a time. When I complete one task, I can tackle another. Receiving it all at once is simply too overwhelming.
NOTE: If you're asking for date corrections for a memorial, please don't send a note saying, "Check dates against headstone." Many of these headstone pictures are too small or too blurred for me to read. Seriously, please stop doing this. Just tell me the dates you want changed instead of referring me to a photo.
NOTE: If you want me to add/change locations for a person's birth or death, fine, but I'm not a geography detective. Please don't make me guess what county all these U.S. towns are in. If you give me a city, then also specify the county. I don't have time to play a game of "Guess That County" every time someone needs a correction made.
NOTE: Please stop asking me to transfer entire cemeteries. I'm getting a lot of notes like, "I think I'm related to a few people at _____ Cemetery, so just send me everybody you've got." I'm glad to transfer a few people, but I've had requests to transfer over a hundred people at once. Please don't do that. If you want me to do something for you, please make your directions plain and give it to me in small amounts. I can transfer multiple people, but as ever, don't ask for over five at a time. Rude notes like "Gimme that whole cemetery and hurry up with it!" are not going to get a response from me anymore.
Many people have sent me e-mails hailing me as a long-lost relative simply because I've added one of their relatives to Find A Grave, or even because I left a virtual flower. I'll admit I'm a little baffled by this. However, if you wish to claim the likes of me as a relative, I'm proud.
But the truth is, I'm an adoptee and haven't a clue as to who I'm related to. I only recently found out the name of one of my biological parents. That's a huge step. What I'm saying is that I'm not one of these people who can trace roots back to the Founding Fathers. I do have step-relatives whose families I'd enjoy knowing more about, though. My own genealogy is an impossible task, but that doesn't mean I can't do my little part to help with someone else's.
Most of the information I have here is of the bare-bones variety, and came from library books, newspapers, word of mouth, family Bibles, tombstones, and all manner of public records. I just put it online, whether here or on the other numerous sites to which I've contributed, and move on with my life. I don't keep records around. What you see is what you get. If I had more information, I'd have added it.
I was on this site for over 6 years before putting anything on this page other than my e-mail address, but felt I finally needed to address issues that are coming up over and over again.
I'm pretty easy to talk to. If you want to drop a line and just say "hello", you can do that.
If you want to approach me about a relative whose name I've put on here, that's fine, but please understand that I know next to nothing about the subject of genealogy, that I'm probably not going to be able to fill in gaps in your family history, that I only actually know a very tiny handful of the people whose names I've added here, that I can't tell you the history of cemeteries thousands of miles away from my home, and that I'm not psychic, either (in other words, if you want me to do something, please tell me in plain English what it is rather than expecting me to read your mind). Oh, and of course, rude e-mails are instantly deleted.
My one big hope is that any of the information I've provided here at Find A Grave, on Obit City, or anywhere else is useful to someone. And from the e-mails I've received, it seems that it has been. For that, I am both glad and grateful.
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|Melva "Jo" Wright||James Shaw|
Thank you so much for thew transfer. I am enjoying linking family & info. Thank you for all the work you have done & are doing for all of us at Find a Grave. =)
|Linda McGahan||RE: Altenhofel, Mary Ann|
Thanks for getting back with me.
I always try to tell folks who has the oldest. But sometimes the added data is more complete on the newer ones like "loaded". I know sometimes the system don't always show a memorial when I do my searches. I've created memorials and dad-burn after doing all that work one shows up when I'm doing my family connections. I send everyone to Find A Grave and ask them to tell me what happened. They tell me they are working on it. I like to do stone photo's but will make memorials when my camera finds a stone without a memorial. I'm only working on the ones from cemeteries in my area, where I'm doing stone photo's and so many duplicates makes it harder to post them. I'm promise I'm not traveling the internet liking for errors, I want to be post my stones and get back outside. But I do need so help with duplicates. Do you have a problem with reviewing the ones I send for a possible delete?
Thank you for the very quick transfer. I appreciate you : )
|Linda McGahan||Altenhofel, Mary Ann|
I've read your Bio and I would like to thanks you for all you have been doing for findagrave and people like me who are looking for family. With out you we would be nowhere, because this site is free it helps so many folks who would not be able to afford the other sites.
Why I writing is you stated if I wanted to add data as for a transfer. I'm trying to photo the cemeteries in me area and I'm having trouble with duplicates. They slow down my posting time and cause me grief as have to review every memorial then explain to in detail why I think one should be deleted to the manager or to Find A Grave.
I wanted to ask if you would be open to deleting the duplicates I find created by you in favor of ones created by others who have researched and added family data as well as made family connections? It would be much easier than trying to supply you with the up-dated information and I find the folks who did this work does or has know the folks or some of their relations so they really want to keep their memorials. I'd like to see the cemetery records correct and have all the stones photo'd before I die so the ones who come looking will see a stone. Will you help? Linda
I would like to just drop you a short note and request a delete and not try to explain who's who and who did what when. I will not ask for any I have not reviewed.
Thank you for the transfer of the Ghents.
Added by Steve on Apr 24, 2015 4:16 AM
|Sue Hale Sheppard||Samuel Funk #8666432|
Thank you so very much for the transfer of Samuel Funk #8666432 and for accepting the updates on his family. I'm sure other will be forthcoming.
Perhaps you would like to view the updated memorial for Mr. Funk.
If time permits, I would be pleased if you would read my Bio and visit my parents' memorials by clicking on their links.
Thanks for the fast transfer. Have a great day:) G
|Gordon Ray||Jesse N Kerley|
Hello Archangel and happy Easter:)
My Name is Gordon. I am the Grandson of Jesse N Kerley( 17096121 ). I was wondering if I could ask you to transfer management of his page to me( I am #47361872) I am trying to"round up" the family so that i can pass down management to my off springs through the ages:) Thank you for all you have done..Gordon Ray
|Sandi K ||Heavenly Rest/Lyon MS|
TY for the very prompt attention you pay to new info on some of these burials. I am trying (slowly) to photo the whole cemetery & you know how it is when we get the stone to compare w/the sometimes scant records. You do a great service working with these people we don't know - and who may well have relatives coming along needing to find their burial place. Best wishes.
Added by Sandi K on Mar 31, 2015 4:40 PM
Thank you for transferring ownership!
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