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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
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If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
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Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
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OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
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Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
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But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
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Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
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And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
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PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
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Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine and if you'll provide me with supporting documentation. I've never asked for proof of relationship before, but the tone of recent messages and the drive of some people to add as many notches to their gun belts as possible, has prompted my new "policy."
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Sheila Larson
headstone photo
Thank you so much, Janet, for taking the photo of little Carolina. I live in California, so it would be quite a trek for me. I really appreciate your trudging out there to take the photo!
Added by Sheila Larson on Mar 26, 2015 9:50 PM
Jaycie Smith
RE: Satterlee Miller
The source for Satterlee's middle name came from the book, "God's Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World" by David L. Rowe.

And actually, he lists Satterlee's name as Ebenezer Satterlee Miller.
Added by Jaycie Smith on Mar 26, 2015 9:05 AM
Don & Mary Cavender
RE: Joseph L. Vose
I couldn't be sure if it was a typo or what is on the stone, so I sent the request and posted the certificate.

If it is what the headstone shows, I have no problem with you changing it. The posted certificate is enough to show that there may be a mistake about the exact date. As to which is incorrect we may never know unless other documentation is found.

Mary
Added by Don & Mary Cavender on Mar 25, 2015 10:51 PM
Sara
RE: Meeting House Cemetery
Just to let you know..I don't lift anything from a published work such as the book that Margaret Jenks has written. All of the cemetery burial information and listings that I have done are from the internet. I don't have that particular cemetery listing in front of me but will know next week where I obtained it from and will let you know so we can clear up this possible confusion.
Sara
Added by Sara on Mar 24, 2015 11:07 AM
Sara
RE: Meeting House Cemetery
Janet,
I just found the cemetery transcription and then put the memorial pages in based on it. I didn't realize that someone else was working on this cemetery as there were no restrictions listed.

What can I do to make this ok?? Do you want me to delete the memorial pages that I have done for this cemetery because someone else is planning to put them in???

Thanks for bringing this to my attention,
Sara
Added by Sara on Mar 24, 2015 8:05 AM
Steven M
RE: Edit for Col. Thomas Halsey
Also, some additional information; Thomas Halsey served as a US Army paymaster from June 1861 until February 1877.
Added by Steven M on Mar 22, 2015 8:41 PM
Steven M
RE: Edit for Col. Thomas Halsey
Hi Janet,

I resubmitted my edit, but this time I did not change the rank. If his gravestone identifies him with the rank COL, it's better to keep it that way.

The Historical Register and Dictionary of the US Army gives his highest rank as LTC, which is why I decided to change it.

Would you happen to have a photograph of his grave? It might avoid confusion in the future.
Added by Steven M on Mar 22, 2015 8:38 PM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Fidelia (Goodrich) Blossom
Right on! the top half of your forum page sketch.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Mar 22, 2015 8:33 PM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Fidelia (Goodrich) Blossom
Polly Blossom per the Vermont VRs. Polly and husband Daniel Goodrich had 8 children of record at Richmond, Chittenden County

Fidelia's father Daniel is my ancestral cousin, of the Wethersfield, Conn. immigrants Ens. William Goodrich and Sarah Marvin. Will explain fuller later in separate email.

Regards and keep up the good work.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Mar 22, 2015 6:48 PM
B.J. Waters
Maple Hill, etc.
Hi Janet, remember me? I know the weather in the east was bad this past winter, and in some places continues to be bad, but I was wondering if you could help me when you get a chance. I've had a few photo requests that have been sitting for over a year. Some at Maple Hill, and one at Factory Point. I had hoped that last spring/summer when there was good whether, there would be a volunteer that was willing to go there. Are those two cemeteries hard to get to? My grandmother's is the one request I have at Factory Point and it looks like no ever goes there. I thought maybe you might know why.

Hope you are well. Are you here in CA right now, or in VT?

Regards,
B.J.
Added by B.J. Waters on Mar 22, 2015 10:05 AM
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