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CryptoGram (#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.


For 2014, we should welcome the obvious: FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type organization...so 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 are...how 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.

Newbie & younger FindAGrave members aside, there are more of us Boomers retiring with time to dedicate to genealogy and actually traveling around, stopping to visit and photograph cemeteries...MANY times we'll discover there're already pictures on memorials we INTENDED to either make or add to...but we also take and exchange pictures to help our old-fogey networks fulfill requests far away from themselves so our foot/finger/brain exercises are not all for naught.

Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done. Oak Hill in DC used to not allow pictures or much record sharing, but is now pretty complete...YAY to whomever was able to supply this good deed! Maybe some of you with button cameras and smartphones can start furtively snapping up & down the rows of Mount Olivet in DC, Rosehill in Chicago...and I'm sure others...that still do not cooperate with picture-taking.

Back in the '90s, my husband and I proof-read a couple books John Taylor was writing on Civil War battles in New Mexico, and he gave us copies of said publications. What irony that I have lately been able to compare included casualty lists to burial records & named markers in Santa Fe National to give identities back to many UNKNOWN U.S. SOLDIERs there ~ currently working on Valverde battle of 21FEB1862 when the fallen were buried at Fort Craig, which was then the largest military community in New Mexico, but mostly transferred to Sections D&J of the Santa Fe cemetery in 1876. Projects like this can be done via the Internet without having to physically travel...yes, I'll try to add Confederate soldiers as well.

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 by 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.

Those who are willing & able: the 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 did not want to bother his? belongings.

You many kind, prolific contributors might try to add more links...the linking function was NOT allowed/available on FindAGrave until the last few years...of families whose memorials you manage. I'd be glad to help with the research part however I'm able.

Thank you all for helping and understanding each other.

Other Less-Important Stuff:

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.

Oppositely, do not ask me to add biographies and/or obituaries to memorials I have made unless you own the copyrights for same.

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 while my husband ~ who, BTW, hates cemeteries and has much more important things to do, like saving the lives of over 3000 people striving for a mid-east democracy, than be on FindAGrave ~ was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point military ancestors ~ our own 28+ RevWar Patriots and others God lays on my heart.

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 living and non-bodied souls is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers."

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 two maiden names in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up. May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!
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CryptoGram, could you contact me offline at dmz0309@aol.com, in reference to Kerenhappuch Norman Turner? Thank you, I look forward to your email.
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Added by Ancestral Sleuth on Apr 18, 2014 7:23 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
Just found Thomas O'Meara. As you suspected, he was buried in Maryland. I'd heard that the "snitch game" was one of the reasons for the tense atmosphere at the prison. Terrible to hear that he got caught in the middle of it. On Monday, I'm going to call the cemetery in Las Cruces where Ramon Madrid is buried, and see if by chance Lawrence Cardon is there too. Still waiting to hear from Kirtland & Brownsville.
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 18, 2014 4:18 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
Thank you. I remember reading that book too. I tried to be a corrections officer once. Made it thru all but the final week of the academy. I remember the class discussions we had about Santa Fe & Attica.

I figured that since some of the riot victims had pages on Find A Grave, all of them should.

I also feel that despite the wrong turns these guys took that ended them up in prison, no one deserved to die the way they did.

I heard back from the Las Cruces Library today, and was able to add a memorial for Ramon Madrid. Strangely enough, the Las Cruces newspaper apparently did not publish an obituary for Lawrence C. Cardon.

Oh well. The search goes on.
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 17, 2014 5:08 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
It could be, but I checked with them, and they said he wasn't there, marked or unmarked. Still waiting for the Las Cruces Library to get back to me on Cardon and Ramon Madrid.
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 16, 2014 9:32 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
Just added two memorials for the Oretga brothers from Las Vegas. Still waiting on word about some of the others.
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 15, 2014 10:48 PM
DKT
Anna W Abercrombie
Would you please contact me about Anna W Abercrombie. I would love to exchange information.
Thanks ! templins@bellsouth.net
Added by DKT on Apr 15, 2014 8:50 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
Thank you for your kind words. I found Joe Madrid by having the library in Albuquerque look up his obituary and e-mail it to me. I did the same thing with Thomas O'Meara, and his obituary mentioned a funeral home in Maryland, so I'll contact them and see what they can tell me. I've also got calls & e-mails in to several other libraries, got my fingers crossed that I'll be successful. So far, the only ones I'm having trouble with are Nick Coca from Taos (Taos Library's microfilm machine is broken)and Archie Martinez from Chimayo (The library in Espanola doesn't do telephone research)
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 14, 2014 7:40 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
I just added Joe Madrid, did I misspell something? Paulina Paul is indeed in Alamogordo, he's also one of the ones I added today.
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 14, 2014 6:57 PM
William Woodburn
RE: NM Prison Riot
Just thought you might like a quick update on my search for the riot victims. I have created three of their memorials myself, and also found one that I had missed earlier. Four down and nine more to go. The search continues.
Added by William Woodburn on Apr 14, 2014 6:05 PM
Tex&Texie
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-- or Texie's smile lighting up my world and everything around us, I bet -- probably so, don't'ya know -- :-}
Added by Tex&Texie on Apr 14, 2014 2:39 PM
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