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Bill Bates (#47623045)
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Bio Photo Retired US Army colonel and then college administrator.

40-year genealogist and member of SAR. Have written 11 family genealogy books.

Travel extensively to attend college sports events and visit cemeteries. In fact, have posted FindAGrave "volunteer photos" from cemeteries in 41 different states, plus DC.

Will gladly transfer a memorial to you unless I or my wife are a closer relative. Just ask (politely).

And feel free to use any of my photos.


A couple of tips if you would like volunteer photographers like me to take cemetery pictures for you. First, if possible, include the grave location -- one way to learn a grave location is to phone the cemetery; if a cemetery with thousands or even tens of thousands of graves has 20 photo requests and the volunteer has only an hour or two to take photographs, we are likely to select first the requests that include the grave location. Second, if you want multiple photographs (e.g., husband and wife), list both/all of them; we volunteers feel we are more helpful the more pictures we take, so we are likely to choose first a pair of requests.

Thanks, and have an awesome day.
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Shary Mullins
RE: Ian Palmer
Tyvm... U2
Added by Shary Mullins on Oct 24, 2016 2:24 PM
Kathy Elam
Donald Pettit
Thank you Mr Bates for adding my father to this site. I was very surprised and delighted to see his parents, my grandparents headstone in California.thank you again.
Added by Kathy Elam on Oct 23, 2016 6:31 PM
Christy McCranie Bare
Fort Huachuca
I wanted you to know what a fabulous job you have done at The Fort Huachuca Cemetery. I appreciate it! If there was an award for the clearest, best photos I would nominate you! :)
Added by Christy McCranie Bare on Jul 16, 2016 8:16 PM
RE: Father Mike Day
At that time the cemetery put this marker on the grave. Waiting to put the head stone or marker in. I will go over in a day or to and see if they have put one in and take the picture for you if you like. Glad to help.

Added by SMH on Jan 26, 2016 8:18 AM
Jan Egan
What proof do you have to add Knowles to Catherine Carbin b in Co.Mayo, Ireland. Janice CARBIN Egan
Added by Jan Egan on Sep 27, 2014 10:49 AM
KE Remsberg
Thanks for Remsberg photos

Thanks so much for your clear photos of Oscar Z. and Stella Swann Remsberg's gravestones at
Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Added by KE Remsberg on Jun 02, 2014 3:13 PM
Spaceman Spiff
Herbert & Anita Carey
Thank you so much for the headstone photos for Herbert & Anita Carey from Ft. Logan National Cemetery! I appreciate your time.
Added by Spaceman Spiff on Feb 16, 2014 10:08 AM
Minten photos
thanks so much for the pictures. I really appreciate it There are many families from my area in Waukesha County, Wis that went to Alton, IA
Added by GenealogyNora on Jul 07, 2013 7:52 AM
Bridget Haste
Picture Taken
Thank you so much for taking the picture of my fathers grave site. I sincerely appreciate the time and effort you took for a stranger. My father is Raymond Glenn Martin at the Los Angeles Veterans Cemetery!

God Bless You!

Bridget Martin Haste
(One proud daughter)
Added by Bridget Haste on Jun 10, 2013 3:41 PM
Susie Holderfield
Henry Myers, Vicksburg National
Bill Bates,
Thanks so much for taking the photo of the grave of Henry Myers. Henry was in Co I, 120th OVI. I have been researching the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for the last 11 yrs in order to identify the men. I would like permission to use your photos on my site and on any CD or print copy of my research that I will give to the Wayne County library in Wooster OH. I always give credit for the photos.
Thanks for any help.
Susie Holderfield
Added by Susie Holderfield on Aug 30, 2012 9:57 AM
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