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Ryan-O (#46886020)
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Bio Photo Find-a-Grave rocks! (Well most of the time.)

Please leave a public message to get in touch with me or suggest a correction on a specific memorial using the Edit tabs.

I hope everyone understands that this website is designed for GRAVE registration. The best possible situation is when someone goes to a cemetery, finds a grave, photographs it and makes a memorial if need be. But with the incredible amount of information on the internet about family history many people, including myself, are creating memorials based on cemetery locations listed on death certificates, local histories, obituaries, etc. The main point being though that you KNOW where that person is buried BEFORE you create a memorial.

A contributor should not be creating what I call PLACEHOLDERS, memorials set up to save the spots basically, to edit in the future when they MIGHT find out the burial location.

I wish everyone would read the F.A.Q. before they are allowed to start entering information to this great website. It will solve a lot of issues.


So very close to finishing Crystal Lake Cemetery in Gardner. Also I started St. Joseph's there (a nice small cemetery for a change.) I keep driving by St. John's in Gardner imagining if that whole humongous cemetery was photographed - how many individuals that would be? Notre Dame as well. Can't even imagine the work but I did photograph a few stones in both of those to make a dent.

Also I joined GenealogyBank to read the old newspapers and add some content to memorials I have created. I find it very interesting to read what was considered news back then. And it's always shocking to read of a murder in a small town back in the mid-1800's.

Don't let me die in an automobile
I wanna lie in an open field
want the snakes to suck my skin
want the worms to be my friends
want the birds to eat my eye
as here I lie
the clouds fly by

Let me know if you need a transfer if you can add more bio info. Hope everyone gets out there and photographs some stones - that is the main reason this site exists. Thanks.

I welcome edits even if its just a GPS, plot number, marker transcription or middle/maiden name etc. I like complete memorials.

Found this inscribed on a stone in Warwick, Ma.:

"Low in the ground my bed is made,
here in the dark alone I'm laid.
Depart my friends and let me rest,
I'm weary of this wilderness."

Found this on a find-a-grave profile:

Old Bones' profile poem"

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.


NOTE: A couple personal policies I follow:

1) I do not link to "burial location unknown" relatives. You're supposed to know where they are buried - that is the whole point of this website.

2) I do not list cause of death unless it is some tragic accident. Would you want to be remembered forever for dying from diabetes/alcohol abuse/suicide etc.? I find it a bit tacky - but to each their own.


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Gertrude Preble
Hi Ryan,
Thanks for the correction and addition of information for Gertrude Preble. (and for the additional information for George Washburn.
Added by Sue on Aug 26, 2015 5:14 PM
Kelly Dugas Coveney
RE: granfather
Thanks Ryan :-)
Added by Kelly Dugas Coveney on Aug 26, 2015 8:22 AM
Jill Palmer
RE: Mt. Pleasant
I am surprised it never has been...... Trying to get all the pictures done before I leave at the end of this week.
Added by Jill Palmer on Aug 24, 2015 5:44 PM
RE: Memorials without burial info
I search the names before I add a memorial to make sure there isn't already one. I only have made a few like this so the family members, (siblings) can be linked. I hate when there not linked.
Added by 083014 on Aug 20, 2015 8:35 AM
MIldred Ammidown
Thanks for the transfer Ryan. She has been reunited with her parents after 103 years!
Added by Teddy on Aug 18, 2015 11:37 AM
Paul Deschenes
RE: 149954984 Ithamir Ward
Ryan- Thank you so much for the edits, nice to see these forgotten people get recognized and linked to their families. I work near the cemetery and want to try to do some more research for these forgotten folk.
The Alms house was also a dumping ground for the mentally ill and handicapped at one point, so it might not have been as much of a money issue as it was something else! I have access to some of the county records so I'll try to do a little more digging. Thanks- Paul
Added by Paul Deschenes on Aug 18, 2015 9:08 AM
Mildred Ammidown

I could like to Maintain the memorial for Mildred Ammidown, 121969269, she is my cousin's daughter. I maintain her parents memorials Albert 121926286 and Edith Ammidwon. Thanks so much.

Teddy, your fourth cousin twice removed (according to you)
Added by Teddy on Aug 16, 2015 7:29 PM
Daniel Rice
Thanks for the fine photo of his memorial. Happy trails...
Added by Sabina on Aug 13, 2015 4:45 PM
John Harasimowicz
Would you mind sharing with me where you found his mother's maiden name?
Added by 083014 on Aug 13, 2015 10:59 AM
Sandra Milburn Vallance
Charles Summer
You may be right about the spelling! I got it from "The Milburn Connection" a family booklet that was printed.

Charles (memorial 19824306) also had a grandson with the same name (memorial 86096891).

Maybe we should juat leave it with the S

Thank You for your question I never thought about it being spelled wrong.
Added by Sandra Milburn Vallance on Aug 05, 2015 7:01 AM
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