|geoffrey gillon (#46944385)|
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Tombstone tourist (otherwise known as a "taphophile", "cemetery enthusiast" or "grave hunter" or "graver") describes an individual who travels to visit cemeteries for the enjoyment of looking at old and unusual stones or to find the graves of famous people. The term has been most notably used by author and biographer Scott Stanton as the title of his 2003 book and his former website on the lives and gravesites of famous musicians. Tombstone tourists are usually more interested in the historical aspects of cemeteries or the historical relevance of its denizens.
Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a Taphophile. Taphophilia involves epitaphs, photography, brass rubbing, art, and history of (famous) deaths.
I have a number of virtual cemeteries-a very useful feature of the Find A Grave site. I maintain one which I have entitled 'Famous Rejects'-these are notable people, mainly from British history who, I feel, deserve a place in the 'famous' category, and I have been pleased to read that a great number of Find A Grave contributors and visitors concur.
I was raised to believe that I own nothing and that all I have is to be shared. See also 1 Timothy 6:7.I am inclined to be a "Kopimist" or "Kopimist intellectual" - a person who has the philosophical belief that all information should be freely distributed and unrestricted. This philosophy opposes the monopolization of knowledge in all its forms, such as copyright.
I do not copyright any of my work on findagrave and it is free for anyone to use elsewhere for whatever reason.
I came across some rare but refreshing comments on the profile pages of other contributors recently,one of which said something along the lines of " I figure that if you have sufficient interest to ask for a transfer, I am happy to oblige"
Another, in connection with the refusal to transfer memorials, said "It has led to fiefdoms of little people exercising "power" who are obdurate in their intransigence. Also there seem to be many contributors who amass great quantities of records beyond their ability to maintain them"
I am sure that all those who spout on about why they won't transfer don't realize that their precious number count doesn't change if they do.
Another personal profile that attracted me was found December 2012.
Any and all information or pictures, I have uploaded, are meant for sharing. Family memories were meant to be passed on. I just don't understand anyone that thinks different. I think if you don't want to share, than don't put them on a public site.
My goal is not to see how many memorials I can create, but to help you find your love ones.
-and another unselfish one..........
Since I could never care as much about your family and friends as you do, please feel free to request memorial transfers.
[updated 24th February 2013.]
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|Patricia O||Paul Myers, Memorial 56292806|
Thanks again for graciously transferring this memorial to me. And for the wonderful pictures!!
I checked out some of your photography and I must tell you, I'm impressed.
|Bruce Morrison||RE: Ufford Church|
St. Andrews church in Ufford. This portion of Northamptonshire has been changed to Cambridgeshire in recent years.
|M W B||English Ancestors|
Nope. I have never been to Plashet Jewish Cemetery, nor have I ever been to England.
My English Jewish ancestors came to the United States in 1857. My English Puritan ancestors came to America in 1635. I am a 5th generation Texan.
I have a distant cousin, who I met while researching, who is traveling to England in a few days. I am going to email him to see if he plans on visiting cemeteries. If not, I may very well take you up on your offer to photograph headstones for me.
Thank you for your offer.
Added by M W B on May 15, 2013 9:12 PM
|Patricia O||Death Dates|
Most of my information comes from the logs of the U-boats that sank the vessels, and those dates are now generally accepted. The logs, for the most part, are quite detailed and fairly complete. Of course, we didn't have access to those records until sometime after the war. There's a lot of literature and information out there on maritime history and dates of losses, fascinating reading. If you haven't found uboat.net yet, you may want to check it out.
|Patricia O||death dates|
|Patricia O||Earl R. Jenson Memorial, # 92064475|
Check this out and see if it meets with your approval. And, again, thank you.
|M W B||Your Bio|
My genealogy work has taken me to Plashet Cemetery, and there I found you.
I enjoyed reading your information on the cemetery, and I especially enjoyed reading your bio.
Added by M W B on May 15, 2013 8:21 AM
|Patricia O||Your profile comments|
Just wanted to let you know that I concur wholeheartedly with your comments about photos and knowledge in general being freely shared. When I first started online genealogical research, there were many more free websites than there are now. I still can't believe the kind of records Ancestry has control of and that you have to pay to be able to access. Findagrave is a wonderful resource - I just hope it'll remain a free resource.
Anyway, thanks for speaking out and sharing your thoughts with us.
|Zoe Tom||William Loxley|
I think his E-Mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
However, you can leave him a note on the free World Connect web site, run by Rootsweb. He should answer you.
PS I love the name Loxley. It reminds me of Robin Hood. Z.T.
Added by Zoe Tom on May 12, 2013 5:31 AM
|Montereygenealogist||RE: Kinley burial site|
thanks so much for the information. I wonder if someone could take a photo of the cemetery and post it...any ideas?
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