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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 4 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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William Stark
RE: Civil War Monument
Now I remember--thanks.
Added by William Stark on Jun 30, 2015 7:15 PM
William Stark
RE: Civil War Monument
What is the name of the person in question?
Added by William Stark on Jun 29, 2015 6:33 PM
Linda Mann
I NOW know how we may be connected after reading your direct line...however our research has taken us to different avenues. I received mine from a 3rd cousin in Truro who was a school teacher.
William Baragwanth who married Jane Curnow My 6th Great Grands.... and their son William Baragwanth married Prudence Uren is the line I am certain of who married into the Man Family (Mann) Anyway I always wondered why you took the time to create the Cornish in your site.

Added by Linda Mann on Jun 27, 2015 5:23 PM
William Stark
Civil War Monument
Could you take some close up photos of the Civil War monument at Riverside Cemetery in Poland, Ohio so that the names of the soldiers are legible? Either post them on the Find A Grave Site or on some other appropriate site about Civil War monuments in the state?
Added by William Stark on Jun 21, 2015 8:42 PM
RE: Mentzer and Slippy
Yes, it can happen that a notation on place can be mistaken for a personal name . . . or, it can be the name of a family member or friend. For example, Dean is a family name rather than a "Christian" name.

Early German names were almost always

Grandfather's name + baptismal name (the one used) + the confirmation name + mother's maiden name + family name.

The latest source I use as a reference was published in 1913, so the middle names were contemporary or near contemporary as remember by children or grandchildren.
Added by KIR on Jun 19, 2015 12:47 AM
RE: Nancy Slippy
Some full birth dates come from draft registrations and other sources, like some marriage records. If one is resourceful, there are many sources.

In my 40+ years of working on genealogy, I have found that calculated birth dates are generally accurate when the gravestone records death and age. The county coroner often used the same charts to record age at death, rather than recording the birthday.

But my feeling about all this is: I feel good about the work I do. If someone rejects it, no problem. It's just data lost. Use what you can, forget the rest.
Added by KIR on Jun 19, 2015 12:37 AM
Albert Ledoux
RE: Mearl Smith
Glad to oblige!

Father Albert Ledoux
Gallitzin, PA
Added by Albert Ledoux on Jun 13, 2015 6:53 PM
Brian J. Ensley
RE: George Wissinger
Well, I went through all of my Wissinger obits and of course, none for George... Figures...
Added by Brian J. Ensley on Jun 11, 2015 4:43 AM
Amy Elizabeth
Wilbur and Nellie Thorn
Hi Zella, I transferred Wilbur and Nellie's memorials to you because I am in no way connected to them. I'm so glad you found them! I know you'll take care of their memorials! :)
Added by Amy Elizabeth on Jun 02, 2015 6:09 AM
Judy Seeley Price
So, instead of handing over management to a direct descendant who goes through everything with fine tooth comb.

Quote from you,
In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

You have 10 of my family line Botzum's all of them in a direct line, including great grand parents, siblings,and everything,. It might take sometime for me to do this, But, I do it,, For one, I am in the 4th stage of MS, and all I do is genealogy. I speak to the Winklemans, who is the great granddaughter John George, and they have the Botzum farm still, But you don't want to give your work as far as because someone burnt you. I feel like I have been burnt by you as they are not even remotely your kin, they are my blood no matter how far back.. You would still have your name on the page as a creater, It is a lot of work for the 98 Botzums clan that i do have is to send it to you so you can do it yourself,,, You and AuntieJ, have both forgotten what this page/site is about connecting families of the past to the present. I have been doing this since 1990-1991 till now,, You and Auntie J are the only ones who have denied my request for a transfer. But, luckily there are some people who do this as a act of kindness and gladly share the site with me... with or with out guidelines. They are just happy and thrilled that they could help people connect and learn about their family no matter how far back they go. Your actions and supposed guidelines are very hurtful. I am so sorry I even asked you...
Added by Judy Seeley Price on Jun 01, 2015 8:28 AM
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