|Tim & Grace (#46907821)|
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I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.|
REUNITING FAMILIES ON FINDAGRAVE
Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on ancestry.com that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to ancestry.com, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.
I will [Transfer] memorials.
I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...
If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.
I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.
I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.
UNKNOWN BURIAL LOCATIONS
Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did.
Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone.
When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.
By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!
Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!
"Live Long and Prosper!" \V/,
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|douglas lockwood||Charles Federlichner Photo|
My heartfelt thanks for taking the time to photograph my great great grandfather's grave. If you ever have a photo request in the Williamsburg, VA area, don't hesitate to let me know.
|Mel Fletcher||The Clarkes|
Awesome!! Thank you ever so much for the photos. Your effort is much appreciated
|Cynthia G||Thank you|
Thank you for the picture of Henry Dearborn's headstone.
|Cynthia G||Thank you|
Thank you for the picture of Thomas Dearborn's headstone.
|Amy Levesque||RE: Huntleys in Cutler Cemetery|
Hi Tim and Grace,
Keep the Huntleys - we are all related! I have a lot more to upload and feel free to throw pics on or share corrections - thank you so much!
|Joseph R. Klett||James Howard Jr.|
PS re Susanna Brooks: I decided to work first on her son, my ancestor James Howard Jr.'s memorial (112319073). It's a good story--you'll enjoy it.
|Joseph R. Klett||Susannah Brooks|
Thanks so much for the transfer--it means a lot to me. I've done a little editing, and will add more as I sort through the records I recently acquired. Wish I knew where her daughter Eliza (Brooks) Hartwell and husband John H. are buried. They died in 1864 and 1859, respectively. The daughter Isabella "Ibbey" Howard's death is recorded in Martha Ballard's diary.
Thanks again and best regards.
|IHRP & Family||Transfers|
I do not like to transfer back and forth. I do not mind cut and pasting information.
|Kenneth D. Tyler||Miles Fowler|
Thanks for adding the photo to his memorial. You could add the same photo for his wife Eliza Ann (Preston) Fowler, also buried in Mount Vernon. Thanks.
Ken Tyler, Oostburg WI
|Cindy Beane||William Cash Grave Photo|
Thank you SO SO much for fulfilling this request. I hope I get to reciprocate some day. When the weather is a little less chilly, I've been working on trying to get all the cemeteries here in Washington filmed and put up on findagrave. I've actually had people as far as California write and thank me and THEN there are the others . . . who think somehow I've changed their ancestor's stone - lol
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