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Tom and Nancy Gawthrop (#47512913)
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Bio Photo Hello, We have been active in our ancestral research for about fifteen years now. We got started just about a year before my father died. He was doing some research himself and had documented a makeshift tree. Even though his work was incomplete it gave us the initiative to take it and run with it. Several years later we have over 30,000 people in our tree and have visited several cemeteries in the area where we live. After a few thousand headstones photos taken we are now in the process of uploading them to Find A Grave as well as Ancestry. It has been arduous work but very rewarding to us. Unfortunately, the reason we are adding a bio now is because the efforts we have taken to make sure our relatives are remembered by information here and on Ancestry, is, our photos are being taken without our permission and then claimed by others as their own. We started noticing this about a year ago and started putting a small watermark on the photos. This has not stopped people from stealing our work. We would rather not put anything on the photos themselves because we believe it takes away form the aesthetics of the photo, however, it has become necessary. Now it seems as though even having the small watermark is not enough to deter those who would take what does not belong to them without asking or giving credit. So much for the small watermark. Now you will be finding photos we upload will have GLARING marks on them. Sorry about that.

We are not averse to letting people copy these photos, we just ask that credit be given where credit is due. Just ASK. You might be surprised how willing we are to share. With the proper credit given. Unfortunately, the watermarks will remain.

Because we are not able to travel long distances, we ourselves have taken photos from others on this site "WITH PRIOR PERMISSION" and with due credit given. So, we understand the desire to have a copy of your own.

We have also begun to pursue actions against those who steal.
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Cathy & Thomas
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We copyright usually, but these were not done. Go ahead and put them on I did put our copyright mark on them. So very much appreciate the offer. We live no where near Illinois and have spent thousands of dollars running down ancestors. When we visited this old cemetery, we stayed a while and shot other pics thinking that someday, some relative might locate their ancestors.

If you will, please just reference copyright permission granted by Cathy & Thomas, Find A Grave # 47115507. Let me know if there are more other than these three.

Happy Hunting,
Added by Cathy & Thomas on Sep 19, 2016 5:59 PM
RE: Picture of Pansye Means Straub
I am late getting to your early August message. Sorry about that. I am grateful for the correction you suggested. I think I've got it straight now. If not, please let me know. I am the great grandson of Martha Belle (Means) Jones. J. Keith Cook in Omaha.
Added by Nebord on Aug 30, 2016 7:14 PM
RE: Photo of Andrew Clinton Housh headstone
Thanks for posting the pix and sending the edit. I had his birth as 9/10/1860 on ancestry because of the death index but didn't post on f-a-grave yet. People often don't believe other dates are correct if they don't match the headstone. Unfortunately mistakes are made on stones and I have changed to 1859 as preferred date.

Thanks again
Dawn Hutson
Added by dhutson on Aug 03, 2016 6:39 PM

Could you add the pix you took of Anna and Andrew Clinton Housh on 7/20/15 to their memorials I just created # 167733141 and 167733158. I sited you as source for burial. I came across the pix today on ancestry working on this line.

thanks Dawn
Added by dhutson on Aug 03, 2016 12:26 PM
Law-Miller Roots
RE: Headstone of Emanuel Christ Sr.
Hi Nancy, Thanks so much for asking - so few people do these days. It is much appreciated!

Emanuel Christ was a 3rd-great granduncle of ours through marriage to his second wife, Anna Maria (Hepler) Schneider. Its fine to use his photo on your tree as indicated.

We usually ask that people place the line "Photo courtesy of Find A Grave Contributor: Law-Miller Roots (#47103448)" into the Description when uploading to Ancestry.

But, yours is a unique way of accomplishing the same thing (to provide the source of the photo) - and is a great idea we hadn't thought of before. We may start doing that with future photos we upload as well.

Take care,
Added by Law-Miller Roots on Jun 05, 2016 2:29 PM
Solomon Weidenhammer
I have removed the duplicate memorial. Thanks for catching that!!
Added by SMS on May 31, 2016 6:05 AM
Dana Meeks
Beulah M Tegethoff
I was contacted today by another Find A Grave contributor,who says that the memorial I created for her in the West Midway Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 72671384) should be in the East Midway Cemetery and gave the Find A Grave# 138147760. Since I have worked with you a lot, I wondered if this was true. You have added a memorial stone for her and the person who manages the other memorial added her Obit. Which do you think is correct? Could you check it out and let me know?
Thanks a million.
Added by Dana Meeks on Apr 02, 2016 11:34 AM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: George & Susan
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Feb 26, 2016 9:25 PM
RE: Giese
My great grandmother was Anna Frieda Sophia Giese Gill. (Memorial# 66149592) She came over at the age of 18, as an indentured servant. Her mother died before she left and father died in 1899. Anna and her family lived in Rostock, Germany. Far north Germany, right on the Baltic Sea.
What part of Germany are you relatives from?
Added by RMW on Feb 21, 2016 11:17 PM
Glen Hammel
RE: Stout Family Burials in Forest Cemetery
Sure, you're welcome to use the photo. I still remember researching Goldie Stout - what an unfortunate and tragically short life.
Added by Glen Hammel on Feb 02, 2016 9:28 AM
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