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CryptoGrammy (#46897564)
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Bio Photo Grief never ends,
but it changes.
It is a passage,
not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of
weakness or lack of faith...
it is the price of love.

I don't make more than a couple memorials a day on average, but have done research into the families of lots of them...same for many whose pictures I post...making me glad to help with most anyone's ancestral brick walls however I'm able.

While Google-ing along roads we biked over 50 years ago, I've noticed some homes, buildings, and even streets in my elementary school neighborhood missing while others are basically unchanged...made me think I should keep add/linking together those families I grew up with...sure wish my home-town newspaper archives were online so I could find the details of a murder that involved the Green Wing Grocery!

Obviously FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type as the membership increases, memorials and pictures left to be added decrease. There are already over 125,000,000 memorials; so considering that half the people who ever lived on Planet Earth are living now, and that it's unknown where over 90% of the dead many does that leave? -LOL and go figure.

The picture "request" function started around mid-2007, and pix were limited in size to 250K: a comparatively tiny 1/32 of 8M now allowed; at first there was only one guy and me taking pix in Arlington National (all that white granite for matching military markers comes from Vermont...not China :^), and there weren't many requests, so you can see how membership and contributions have exploded! I've had to tell my eager grandboy that there will probably be little picture-taking left to do when another seven years pass, just always recent deaths to add.

Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done...2015 is bringing FaG-ers the ability to upload pic from onsite, and then others to help with the transcriptions.

ANY information on privately-owned and defunct burial places is still ALWAYS appreciated by those seeking the trails of their ancestors...are they still there lying unmarked and disrespected? Were they moved elsewhere? Are they near other family and/or friends? I was gladly able to do this for the cemetery nearest to me in kidhood that I never knew about way back then ~ when I held my breath in passing cemeteries ~ as it was already defunct...altho' one of my brothers once found a toppled headstone while bike-riding (him, not the headstone) dirt roads there.

Those who are willing & able: little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I myself have encountered snakes and Black Widow spiders...and been told creepy tales about the LIVING I might encounter. Which reminds me I did visit one cemetery that had a homeless? person living in it...not there, but I didn't want to bother his? belongings.

You many kind, prolific contributors might try adding people from their death records found online...including where you got the data from and that they probably have no marker so the living don't get false hope for a picture.

Other Less-Important Stuff:

Some might think others of us are too possessive about pictures we take and post, but you probably haven't encountered a self-aggrandizer who deletes memorials after lifting the pictures others added to them...then remakes the memorials with same pictures claimed as their own. It takes just one wormy rotten apple ~ a few manipulators, stalkers, and egotistical game players who must have no time left for the living ~ to require others to generate reports on such childish activity...and restrict the rest of the barrel.

COMMENTS ON MESSAGES TO ME ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES, INCLUDING FindAGrave's OWN rules and regulations, found here ~ FindAGrave FAQs ~ which admonish, among else: >> ONLY post photos for which YOU hold the copyright (meaning photos you took)!!!

The copyright of all photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original submitter. No use of photos for any other website or personal use is given without prior consent of the original submitter.

No photos taken from any website, including Find A Grave!!! <<

You can use pictures I've taken and posted on this site in your online family trees by making a connective link to the original and/or including " FindAGrave member #46897564"; none may be sold and/or exchanged for any type of payment.

I found including biographies & obits helpful, but they are against site rules unless I/you own the copyrights so do not ask me to add any to memorials unless you can include ownership assurance.

My Reasons for Being on FindAGrave:

I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist with 8 Purple Hearts, for several years until he died from the effects of Agent Blue (used along with Agent Orange in Vietnam) while my husband was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point our then-totally-unknown ancestors: at least 28 Revolutionary War Patriots, his Mayflower and Salem "witch" ancestors, my "hanky-panky in the palace" people...and many *ships who pass in the night* ~ then sometimes remain friends ~ who have been great fun, challenges, and blessings to find.

So, at the onset in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing Major James Powell, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007. This long walk, still being shared with both living and non-bodied souls, is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers," which I still remain happily willing to do!

My biggest peeve in research was seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting FLOWERS to their memories, and alas, I still have just ONE nee name in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up. May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!🍹

The book of life is brief,
And once the pages read
All but love is dead:
That is my belief.
(Bobby Goldsboro, 1960s)

God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)
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Bruce Wertz
The Perea's
Thank you for the information about the Perea family
Added by Bruce Wertz on Mar 30, 2015 10:07 AM
Greg Volk
Thanks for the photo of the Westerfields
Wow! You are a real Find A Grave producer. Thanks for all you do.
Added by Greg Volk on Mar 29, 2015 3:31 PM
Chris N
RE: MemorialOaksCemetery
Thank you so much. I could have sworn I took that squirrel out, must have been distracted by my kids. I really appreciate people like you that like to transcribe. I get bored of typing out names, I'd much rather be outside taking the pictures.
Added by Chris N on Mar 29, 2015 2:39 PM
Harriet W. Berry
Bulk upload photo transcription
Thanks SO MUCH for your transcriptions! I've got a backlog of around 2000 photos, and would have no hope of getting them done without help from generous transcibers like yourself. Much appreciated.
Added by Harriet W. Berry on Mar 28, 2015 12:56 PM
William Gorman
Jacqueline Seaboalt Griffin
Thanks for the transfer. I will take good care.
Added by William Gorman on Mar 26, 2015 9:35 AM
William Gorman
Jacqueline Seaboalt Griffin
Thanks for updating Jacqueline's memorial. She was my mother's second cousin. I only met her, rather accidentally, for the first time in 1987 when she was already 83 years old. Except for a single son, she had no other close relatives in Albuquerque and she immediately re-established a close relationship with my mother and dad, exchanging visits often.

A seconding to your comment about women being "possessions" and often referred to only as Mrs (husband's name). This happened to my g-grandmother who died in 1926. On her small marker, her children only had engraved her YOB and YOD and then did not even get her YOB correct. Her husband had a tall 5 ft WWW fraternity marker and her's was a small flat marker about 10" by 18" size. Five years ago, I got together with 4 other cousins and we spent $700 and gave her a new marker with her full given name, parents names and full dates of birth and death. Now she has her identity back!

Take care and thanks again.
Added by William Gorman on Mar 25, 2015 11:35 AM
John A. Richards
Thank you so much for taking the photo of my Uncle's memorial. It will mean a lot for my father. Is it okay to put on my Ancestry tree?

Added by Kusan on Mar 24, 2015 3:48 PM
Perry L. Williams
Pitts photo
Thanks for the photo.
Added by Perry L. Williams on Mar 24, 2015 2:48 PM
Karen S.
RIta Biernacki
THank you for your thoughts. You know, I never did find out what happened to the drunk who killed her. There were several articles in the paper and then he disappeared. As far as her husband is concerned, he is not in the same cemetery. They really were poor and the family bought the gravestone for Rita and her priest paid for her funeral expenses.

She was born in far Northern WI and had 16 brothers and sisters and had a nice childhood.

It is sad how her life turned out down in New Mexico but at least in death, she has a nice gravestone. She had one son and he is still alive in Ohio.
Added by Karen S. on Mar 22, 2015 3:38 PM
Karen S.
Thank you for photo of Rita Biernacki
Thank you so much for taking the photo of Rita for me. I see that her stone is relatively large and for that, I am happy. She deserved it.

Again, many thanks, Karen
Added by Karen S. on Mar 22, 2015 6:58 AM
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