|Bio and Links|
Woohoo! Learned that I'm officially a Taphophile! Google it, it's awesome :)|
If you have an extra moment, pls visit the grave of Jack Williams. He was a 15-year-old Boy Scout who volunteered at the temporary hospital set up at John Marshall High School during the Influenza epidemic of 1918. According to the cemetery website, he worked "until he was exhausted, he died of influenza".
Venting - I don't link to longtime "burial unknown" memorials. PLEASE READ THE FIND A GRAVE GUIDELINES BEFORE MAKING MEMORIALS! This is Find a GRAVE, not GUESS A GRAVE, not MAKE UP A GRAVE, not a family tree site, not a genealogy records site - make sure you know where someone is really buried before making a memorial and DON'T deliberately MAKE DUPLICATE MEMORIALS. You're wasting your time doing any of the above as the memorials will probably (hopefully) eventually be discovered, reported & taken down by the admins. If you don't like the way Find a Grave works, go make your own site & enter whatever you want. (done venting)
If you have information to add to a memorial I've made, PLEASE let me know in 1 message (do not send a separate message for each piece of info) via the suggest a correction feature from the memorial. Include names & memorial numbers when referring to other memorials. I really appreciate information that make positive and accurate additions or corrections to memorials. Include the source of the information whenever possible. I used to include a "credit" with a link to profiles when I received more than just basic additions, but have since learned that FAG admins generally do not want sources, links to other members profiles, genealogy type data (census, wills, etc.) etc. on memorials, so now (Feb 2013) I will only do that if an originally worded bio within FAG format guidelines is submitted & added.
If you would like a memorial transferred to you, include your relationship to the person. Obscure requests like "they are my relative", "in my family tree", and "can I maintain the memorial?" won't be transferred, as the person is probably related to quite a few people and in quite a few family trees, possibly even mine (I've listed some that I believe are my family but not verified yet so they don't have my "family flower" on the memorials). If the transfer request does not fall within the 4 generation FAG guidelines, I don't transfer to individuals who "plop" people into cemeteries where they aren't buried, make "Guess a Graves", fake memorials (all those old "burial unknowns"), etc. It makes no sense to me to hand memorials over to anyone engaged in activity that could lead to banning & then the memorial wouldn't be maintained. I also don't transfer to name collectors. Virtual cemeteries are the place to "gather" family and other groups of people on FindAGrave. If you have information to add to a memorial, please submit it via the "Suggest a correction" feature (as I stated above). Please don't ask for transfer of my family members, many of which are marked with a "flower" stating they are my ancestor or family.
"Nastygrams" will be completely ignored. No clue why some people using this site are so rude but I don't tolerate it.
Photos that I've posted on this site and my genealogy web site are not public domain and MAY NOT BE COPIED, with the exception that their family members are allowed to make one copy of a photo to maintain in their personal files for their personal use only (DO NOT post ANYWHERE online). They may not be republished in any form - Including reposting them on another FindAGrave memorial, anywhere online, or publishing in other way. If you have a web site and want the picture of the headstone on it, include a link to the FindAGrave memorial instead. To prevent any of the photos I have taken winding up in a publication that someone sells for personal profit, I maintain this policy (if I want my photos sold, I will do it myself). The only exception I can think of is if a well known reputable non profit organization (Historical society, Cemetery, UDC, SCV, etc). would like to use them in a publication where the profits are used to preserve records, restore cemeteries, something along those lines, please contact me with specific details as that is something I would consider allowing. I have the originals of the majority (probably all despite several computer & hard drive crashes) of the photos I have taken.
I've been researching my family genealogy for many years & use Find A Grave to record burial locations for my family & others that I've found. If I have a photo of their headstone, I add it. I don't delete memorials I've made in favor of a duplicate that was made after mine. If folks would stop plopping, using this site for their family tree with a ick load of unknown burials & deliberately making dupe memorials we wouldn't have many of those issues.
I began entering memorials when FAG was pretty basic, long before the linking feature was available, thus explaining the hyperlinks to family members in some of my memorials. Not lazy, just didn't have the ability to do it back then.
I've recorded all of the Confederate soldiers buried on Memorial Hill at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg that I could find who didn't have memorials. The majority of these are either buried in unmarked graves or mass graves. Petersburg was under siege from Jun 1864 to Apr 1865. "There are over 30,000 Confederate Soldiers buried on these grounds. Most are buried in mass graves without individual markers. They are buried by their State of origin when known. Those who could not be identified by name or state are buried with stone markers simply marked Unknown . . . There is a marker here for all the Southern States that participated in the war". "Besides the reburials on Memorial Hill, many thousands of soldiers from other battlefields were brought to Petersburg for hospitalization from 1861-1865 and died here. . ." The siege of Petersburg "was the longest military investment of a city in United States history."(source http://www.craterroad.com/memorialhill.html)
During the siege, Blandford Church was only approximately 3/4 of a mile away from the siege lines & was utilized as a hospital. A confederate redoubt stood approximately where Ward DD (new ground) is now. (source: National Register of Historic Places Application) During this time, most deceased soldiers were buried in temporary graves throughout Petersburg or where they died & later moved to Blandford after the war.
~~ P.S. -- Hugs & thanks to my awesome FindAGrave friends that have taken pics for me & given more info about entries I've made :)
|Find A Grave Friends|
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