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Michael Helms (#46548770)
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Bio Photo I am a university educated historian, genealogist and cemetery buff living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

My personal genealogical interests are mostly in the Philadelphia area; surnames include Helms, Colflesh, Schick, Henry, Pile, Harned, Stroup and Mowday.

I am also researching my family in northwest Pennsylvania; surnames here include Monago, Monaco, Leone, Monti, Soppelsa, Bonitate, Di Victoria, Da Corte Cavalier, and Maufioe.

My academic research at North Carolina State University focuses on a number of prominant reconstruction-era families in the Alamance County area including Long, Wood and Albright. I'm also deeply involved in research about the Rollin White and Lucius Pond families in Massachusetts.

I do a lot of "row mowing" with my camera and I'm happy to transfer ownership of a memorial to friends and family of the deceased.
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Carol Renfro
Bobbit Holt
Many thanks for the photo of little Bobbit's grave!
Added by Carol Renfro on Oct 23, 2016 5:07 AM
Justin Moore
Thank you for taking this picture.
Added by Apollymi on Oct 22, 2016 3:49 PM
Phebe Vail
Findagrave does not require linking to burial unknown. Burial unknown is not for old graves but:
Directly from the FAQS:
Location of body unknown is used for recent deaths where the disposition is not currently known. Final disposition must be determined and updated within 30 days
Added by Kat on Oct 08, 2016 8:18 AM
Dave Robison
Sophia Swetland Memorial# 39284925

Thanks for the correction on Sophia Swetland. It would have been difficult for an 8-year-old girl to be married as the grave marker indicates: "Mrs. Sophia Swetland!"

This is one of the thousands of memorials that were transferred to me (and there are more coming!) which I am working on ever so slowly. John O'Connor realizes that, at age 85, it's time to transfer the 25,000 or so memorials that we had uploaded from original cemetery logs. We put everything in under his account as we were not motivated by numbers, rather the historical and research value that Find A Grave affords families and genealogists such as ourselves.

If you ever need some help up in New England, don't hesitate to contact me. But it would be best to do so directly at or through the website

After nearly 16 years of working with Find-A-Grave, I always appreciate corrections of fact and omissions.

So thanks!

Dave Robison
Old Bones Genealogy of New England
Added by Dave Robison on Oct 05, 2016 10:21 AM
Beauty [Beautie] Mangum Winston
Hello Michael,

Thank you for the Headstone photo you added to my Memorial of Beauty [Beautie] Mangum Winston. It is genuinely appreciated.

With Best Regards,

Added by greensboro24 on Oct 01, 2016 6:41 PM
Popes Chapel Cemetery
Thanks for the photo at Popes Chapel Cemetery

what are the chacnes of getting you to photpgraph other graves at this small cemetery???

seems like kind of a waste to go to the trouble of going to a cemetery like that and just photographing one grave.

how many graves do you think are in the cemetery???

wonder how we coudl best get the entire cemetry inventoried and photographed.

Dennis Yancey

Added by djyancey on Sep 04, 2016 4:00 PM
glenda (contributor #47305349)
Edit Requests - Behan
Thank you for the edit requests. They will be processed as soon as I review them. Just a reminder, or in case you don't know, I transfer out of guidelines. If you would like custody of any memorials I manage please submit an Edit request using the "Suggest any other correction or addition" option. I even accept surname requests - i.e. "Please transfer all Smith memorials". I don't, though, accept "I'll take whatever you want to send me". If I am not related I will transfer. Please help me get my numbers down! Thank you!
Added by glenda (contributor #4730... on Aug 27, 2016 9:58 AM
Mickie Thompson #161436339
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Vandhlia Raynor “Mickey” Thompson , 92, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Albert Raynor and the late Fannie Riddle Raynor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Baxter Thompson; daughter, Vicki Diane Sparks; and son, Jerry Michael Thompson.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her son, Leonard Thompson and wife Connie; daughters, Wanda Brame, Joyce Wagner and husband Allan, Connie Thompson; brother, Nello Raynor; 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, August 22 at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens with Rev. Greg Allison officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Monday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.

Durham Herald-Sun - Aug 19, 2016
Added by RTerry on Aug 19, 2016 7:43 AM
Andy Byerly
Roger P. Smith

Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph Roger P. Smith's tombstone. I appreciate it very much.

Added by Andy Byerly on Jul 31, 2016 7:22 PM
Pearl Louise Bolejack Goehring

Thank you so much for taking and loading the photo for Pearl. I have requested a photo for her husband, Edward Baker Goehring, Sr., would you mind loading the photo to his site also.

Thank you again for all you do. Valerie
Added by VDR on Jul 16, 2016 6:00 PM
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