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Ruth Davis Root (#46894369)
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Bio Photo I'm an avid genealogist and photo enumerator of cemeteries. I've taken photos of headstones for many years, enumerated several cemeteries and slowly adding them online. My main project here on Find A Grave has been helping photo enumerate our oldest cemetery here in Amarillo for Llano Cemetery under the name 'Walter Dunn'. This allows us to request a spreadsheet from FAG that has ALL our memorials on it, thus making sure we have no duplicates etc.

As to how I go about creating memorials, here is my way of doing it. I go for the obituary or any other information about the person. I’m a genealogist and the more that is put in the memorial, the more helpful it is for family to ‘know’ their ancestor and clues to find more ancestors. I’ve run across many gravers who will NOT put an obituary in. If I have the situation where they are too lazy to add my information, then I put it all in a document, take a screen shot of it, save as a .jpg and post it to the memorial as a photo. Usually they will then email me asking me to take the photo down and they update the memorial. **Note: Obituaries are in newspapers and so many other places. People cut them out, copy them, save them, you name it. If one is to assume that you might be infringing on a newspaper's copyright or some similar posting of an obituary, I honestly think the said newspaper consider an obituary public information. Now if the newspaper runs an article about the deceased, then I think they might not like it. It doesn't hurt to call the newspaper and ask. If the newspaper is no longer in business, then I figure their obituary is public domain. Just my opinion.

One thing to think about when you suggest information and they don’t do anything about it, if you will write FAG and tell them you think the person is either dead or not posting any longer. SOMETIMES they will turn the memorial over to you but most times they will take over management which means they NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER make any corrections or additions. For sure that’s when I put the information on as a photo.

I have had in the past where I have requested FAG to combine two memorials of the same person and they have so far. Now that Ancestry has bought them out, I don’t know if this will happen. We’ll see eventually. In addition to this, I have taken down a memorial that I have made that is a duplicate of another one if they are even a bit civil to me….but only AFTER they update the memorial in question with everything that I have on the person that is extra from what they have.

I will say since I finally figured out to do the corrections via the edit process, I’ve been more successful in getting my suggestions updated.

I have started changing some of the way I type up the obituary in that I don’t add the preacher etc of who is officiating if it’s newer than say about 1900. I also don’t add the mortuary if there is plenty of information in the obituary that would be helpful to the researcher. Most times, the pall bearers are somewhat important in that they may be clues to the deceased.

I WILL NOT PUT ‘PASSED’ or ‘PASSED AWAY’ in an obit but rather that they DIED. Just a quirk of mine. If it says anything about that the deceased was ‘LOST’ that for sure won’t go in….where did they lose the deceased??? On the way to the burial, they stopped at K-Mart and lost them in the store? I think when I go to K-Mart that there are all these spirits walking around, waiting to go on to heaven. Of course we don’t have a K-Mart any longer, but that’s just the store I thought up when I first thought about it.

If I don’t feel there is enough information such as where they were born or died exactly, I’ll do a quick search of the SSDI or on Ancestry. I have a dummy tree that I use just for this kind of look-up. If I find the wife’s name or children or parents easily on FAG, I will then link them where I can and also send suggestions to link the person to whoever has the linked to person’s memorial. Yeah, it’s a bit overboard and time consuming, but I do tend to carried away. If I find a lot of information easily on one that I created the memorial, I for sure add that information.

Just one of my quirks, is the old ladies who have to mention each time they speak to another person that they ‘lost their husband’ while lowering their head and eyes…sort of like soap operas do when someone asks a question and the person they ask doesn’t say anything FOREVER then it goes to commercial break. Anyway back to the lost widows…. I usually say back to them, ‘Did you lose him in K-Mart?’ Kind of mean and tacky but some widows will milk the sympathy gig so badly that way just to either gain sympathy or they ‘can’t’ do something because of them being a widow…I want to scream to them ‘Your husband has been dead for 20 frigging years! Sure you miss him, but get a life and DO something for yourself!!’


I've received much more from Find A Grave than I have given and I am eternally grateful for this. Through Find A Grave, I've 'met' some pretty awesome ancestors who I'd love to sit down with them and have a long chat.....Other's, I've 'met' sure are interesting and were very successful criminals.

Never hesitate to write me about a memorial or transferring one to you. If they are not my immediate ancestors, then I am happy to oblige.
Ruth
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Gail Fisher Walker
Malinda Jane Broyles Robinson
It was my pleasure to post the death notice that you provided at the Memorial of Malinda Broyles Robinson. Thank you.
Added by Gail Fisher Walker on Aug 08, 2015 11:50 AM
Popeye
Willie Eugene Pelt

Thanx so much for the obit info for Willie. Due credit given. Keep up the good work in F.A.G.
Have a great day.
Dennis
Added by Popeye on Aug 07, 2015 6:25 AM
Mary E. Murphy
Col. F. L. Dancy
Hi Ruth:

I have added your article to the Memorial. Thank you for sending it to me.

Mary
Added by Mary E. Murphy on Jul 20, 2015 3:30 PM
Nay
Jose Filipe Chavez
Thank you Ruth for the information. I added it to his memorial.
Added by Nay on Apr 05, 2015 12:47 PM
AlongTheWay
See Memorial# 32836188
Wanted to let you know, the "image note" you added explaining who the correct father of Hollis Wade McGuire was, can now be REMOVED from Memorial# 32836188. I noticed this, because Hollis was previously linked in error, to Memorial# 7309018 which I now manage. I submitted an edit to get Hollis linked to his correct father, and this has been fixed now.
Added by AlongTheWay on Aug 26, 2014 3:45 PM
Robert Bennett
Lucille Marshall # 82472051
The spouse connection for Lucille Marshall to Albert D. Marshall (1914 - 1975) was made on her memorial. You need to contact RD (#46789230) to make the correction.
Added by Robert Bennett on Jul 01, 2014 4:07 PM
S PRICE Nance
Old Clarkesville Cemetery
I'm sorry that I didn't completely explain. I have never lived in Georgia. When I first joined Find A Grave I searched my MARTIN line back to Habersham County. I located Philip Martin buried at Old Clarkesville Cemetery and decided to research and list those individuals on Find A Grave. Cheryl Williams who lives close to the cemetery and is associated with the Friends Society worked with me to take headstone photos and make corrections. She is also a member of Find A Grave Member 47256955. I think you should contact her about the family information you have there. I know it would be so appreciated. Let me know what I can do if you need any assistance.
Shirley Nance
Added by S PRICE Nance on Jun 08, 2014 11:31 AM
S PRICE Nance
Houton/Nichols
Thank you for the photos for these memorials and information has been added. The Old Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery was one of the first projects I submitted to Find A Grave. I researched the burials, and Cheryl Williams did the headstone photos. The Friends of the Old Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery Society uses our Find A Grave memorials. Thank you.
Added by S PRICE Nance on Jun 07, 2014 9:32 PM
Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
Josiah Jenkins Anderson
Josiah Jenkins Anderson died in 1918 [not 1978], and is buried at Mt Pleasant Methodist Cemetery, Banks County with wife Susannah Nix Anderson, and next to their daughter Henrietta Anderson and her husband Benson Bascom Garrison, and next to his parents Enoch Candler Garrison and Orpha Clementine Meaders. My grandmother Myrtle Garrison was daughter of Josiah Jenkins Anderson and Susanah Nix. The book on Josiah Jenkins Anderson said Joshua's full name was Joshua Polk Anderon. Thank you for maintaining the memorial.
Added by Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D.... on Mar 29, 2013 11:06 AM
Pat Gillespie
RE: Solomon Lucinda Nichols
I did read Nancy's info, and I will definitely get Nichols' photos when I see them.
Added by Pat Gillespie on Feb 11, 2013 6:36 AM
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