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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 2 months, 15 days
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I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.

I manage Find A Grave accounts as a volunteer for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses. Some remarkable volunteers created a number of these and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for the their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer and Carol Foss in particular.

My Find-A-Grave Philosophy

I believe we are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.

Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.

I also believe graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.

I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.

Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?

Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated most of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.

Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built over 100 virtual cemeteries. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families.

Please do visit my virtual cemetery of direct ancestors before requesting a transfer. If you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to transfer the memorial to you if you will explain your connection.

If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring the memorial, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.

If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)

My Favorite Cemeteries

Some statistics as of September 2014--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

726 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
667 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
589 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
581 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
404 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
364 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
289 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
264 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
261 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
231 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
192 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
171 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
145 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
130 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
109 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
106 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
105 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
102 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 14,052.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 11,900.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (276)[Leave Message]
Jo Ann Hudson
RE: Campbell-Bell Descendants
Thank you, Joe! Glad you liked the photos. For right now, I am leaving it in your hands (like you don't have enough to do, yikes). I feel that at some point connections may stray into the Butlers and the Hudsons that are not in the Campbell-Bell bloodline. If that starts happening, hopefully I will have the "hang" of this process and be able to maintain it myself. I will be retiring (sort of) sometime in the spring of 2015, so I should have more time to enjoy doing this. My best to you!
Added by Jo Ann Hudson on Sep 22, 2014 5:05 PM
Coffins & Cornells
Per your request ai will transfer the other relatives to you as well. All I ask is that you do leave my name on the photos. (Some other member has taken credit for Mary & Gardiner's and another unrelated photo as well and I don't like that).
Added by Sunset on Sep 22, 2014 4:19 PM
Mike Maxwell
Hope (West) Hammell,
Thanks for your input. I have modified Hope's info in Samuel Nutt's memorial to reflect this.
Added by Mike Maxwell on Sep 22, 2014 2:30 PM
Velina Coffin
Hi Joseph,

Thank you for the edits on Velina's page. As a relative, you should be able to manage her page so I've transferred management to you. I love managing my own family's pages :)
Added by Sunset on Sep 22, 2014 10:29 AM
Jo Ann Hudson
Campbell-Bell Descendants
Hello there, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the dedication and time you spent entering the information I sent you. You are so kind and wonderful to have done this. I added 3 photos that were easily at hand. I have many more that I need to scan and they will include some very old photos that are more closely related to the Campbell-Bell branch of the family. I think you will find them very interesting! Once again, my sincere thanks!
Added by Jo Ann Hudson on Sep 22, 2014 1:40 AM
RE: Grace Savidge gravestone images
You're very welcome. I enjoy doing it.
Added by Roibeard53 on Sep 21, 2014 11:15 PM
Moore in Windsor
Hi Joe,
Nice photos from Windsor United Methodist Church Cemetery -- thanks for adding them!
Added by sgrove777 on Sep 21, 2014 10:38 AM
I transferred the graces to you, enjoy.
Added by Edotte on Sep 13, 2014 3:57 PM
Kay Beucler
RE: Combs Memorials at Floral Grove
Happy to transfer. Please let me know if there are others you would like to manage.
Added by Kay Beucler on Sep 12, 2014 6:25 AM
Terri Rickert
RE: Your Cousins George Louis Meade & Family
Thanks for your reply Joseph.

I laughed at your comment that I would get to the cemetery before you. I now live in Australia and am no longer able to fly the up to 28 hour trip to the US (depend on which coast flying to).

Bless you.
Terri Rickert
Added by Terri Rickert on Sep 10, 2014 2:49 PM
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