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Chris☺☺ (#46836790)
 member for 10 years, 5 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo I absolutely love genealogy and this website is a great tool to make sure those who have passed before us aren't forgotten. Old family photographs are a passion of mine so if you have photos of any of the individuals posted please add them and email me so I can see them! If you have documents/obits or anything else regarding any of my memorials I'd also love to see them. A decent majority of my memorials are in my tree.....we're all related somehow!

I understand how this website began (to record graves) but I do NOT subscribe to the theory that that's all it's for as it's really transformed itself (with photo options and edits/links it's become a WONDERFUL option for displaying actual family trees) Why not create as complete/accurate memorials of our ancestors as possible? So for those of you that don't agree with me we will have to agree to disagree. I will continue submitting corrections/links as I come across them. I'm not perfect but if I've submitted a correction I've researched it and have a reason for it - I am not submitting them willy-nilly.

With the release of Michigan marriage/divorce records through 1952 it's amazing to me the number of "starter" marriages I've found (and number of questions I get from people questioning spousal links I submit). If I've asked for a link to a spouse it's because I've proven they were married. It may not always be pleasant to add that 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) spouse to great grandma so and so but it's an accurate representation of history and quite frankly it's someone they loved at some point in time right?

I see those that complain about death certificates, etc being posted on memorials and how those "add nothing". That is absolute malarkey. How often are headstones wrong? Sometimes the only way to prove it (and keep incorrect edits from being submitted) is to add the certificate. I generally only add to my memorials but that's why a lot of them are there. If you come across a memorial that has photos, obits, death certs or anything else on them they are likely in my direct family line and I will not apologize for what I've added. If I've added something to one of your memorials (in years past) and you'd like it removed please contact me and I will.

I like to play nice on this website. I have made many neat connections and would much rather have fun with this than butt heads with someone. If you want to get along with me I'll get along with you. In genealogy connections are EVERYTHING - research assistance, etc. comes from your connections and the connections (and dare I say friendships) I've made on this site have been wonderful.

You are welcome to use my headstone photos in your personal family trees (consider this permission). I have always appreciated a note with credit to me and especially have appreciated those that have asked in the past. I gave up long ago fighting those that took my personal family photos and added them to their tree without my permission. At some point in life you just accept that there are inconsiderate jerks in the world and move on. I do enjoy it when I find the people labeled incorrectly. I'd gladly help fix it but I don't help thieves. Ultimately I've used this site to record for future generations and not sharing the photos defeats that purpose but geez people, show some class!

I don't subscribe to the transfer rules of findagrave so if you're related to or have a particular interest in someone that I have a memorial for please let me know how you're related and (unless they're in my direct line) I'll gladly transfer. This site has become about collecting numbers for some and I quite frankly could give a rat's patoot about numbers.

My biggest pet peeve are people that create duplicate memorials when it's blatantly obvious that a memorial already exists. I will always fix mine if I create one (name differences, transcription errors, etc) but some of what I've seen is just sheer laziness and I will report those whenever I find them. Please LOOK BEFORE YOU POST! You will never find me uncooperative with your requests so to duplicate one of my memorials is absolutely unnecessary (in addition to rude and against the rules).

That is all :). Happy graving!
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amwj1
Grutter family updates and transfers
Oh wow! Thank you very much for your hard work and thank you for transfering Gerrit Grutter and his wife to me - unexpected. Im loving helping my aunt learn more abt her lineages and told her that i have "met" helpful and generous volunteers along the way. I enjoyed reading your bio paragraphs. I also take issue with incorrect or thieved information. I also am doing this to honor our past and make it easier for future. THANK YOU.
Added by amwj1 on Sep 21, 2016 5:30 PM
DUVCW
GREAT BIO
Hi Chris,

Love your "updated bio"

You tell it like it is and I agree with you completely.

Keep up the good work.

Beverly
Added by DUVCW on Sep 17, 2016 8:41 PM
Ralph Heady
Hormerte Memorial
Per your request I added my pictures to your memorial and deleted the one I made. Don't know how that slipped by me, no excuse.
Added by Ralph Heady on Sep 16, 2016 2:52 PM
Robert Worden
Prange in Oakhill
You have a few memorials in Oak Hill cemetery. You have them all spelled incorrect. You spelled Prance when the correct spelling is Prange. When you correct them they will have a duplicate. There are to many for me to correct and then deal with the other contributor. I did go to the cemetery and double check the spelling. Thanks
Added by Robert Worden on Sep 12, 2016 12:46 PM
SusanH
RE: Werkema at Fairplains
Thank you so much Chris! I see you have a few. I really appreciate all the work you have done on all of them!!
Added by SusanH on Sep 06, 2016 8:02 PM
Margaret Yetzke
# 102514167
Would you transfer maintenance of my husband's aunt # 102514167 to me?
Added by Margaret Yetzke on Sep 06, 2016 4:50 PM
Jack Franke
RE: Richard Langs #110428551
Thank you.
Jack
Added by Jack Franke on Aug 28, 2016 8:06 PM
Jack Franke
Richard Langs #110428551
I was about to make a memorial for a Richard Langs 1933-1934 that is on the burial list in Oakwood cemetery Traverse and found this one you made. I show Richard in a unmarked grave 2nd Addition Block 256 Lot 02. The death cert does say burial in Traverse City.
Help me out
Jack Franke
TC
Added by Jack Franke on Aug 28, 2016 6:14 PM
Anonymous
Chris..
Thank you so much for all your hard work. I too, love genealogy, and helping friends/aquaintances find loved ones is a treat! I found this old picture at an estate-sale. Hope it is okay that I added it to this "findagrave" memorial of Alletta Anna Lamer Kraai.

again, thanks!
Added by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2016 8:10 PM
Angela Owens Jando
Wow!
You are on a roll! Thanks for all of the edits, I really appreciate you taking the time to send them on.

Angela
Added by Angela Owens Jando on Jul 30, 2016 1:32 PM
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