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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 9 months, 17 days
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NOTE: Am getting close to being caught up! As of 4/7 I have gone through all emails received through 3/24. I will continue to process routine edit requests within a day or two.

Please be patient if you do not hear from me right away. I will get to every message eventually. I promise!!


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 for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses. Some remarkable members 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

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.

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. (I have submitted nearly 3,000 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) 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 much 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 120 virtual cemeteries. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

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 March 2015--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

845 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
843 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
729 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
618 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
462 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
438 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
323 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
302 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
270 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
236 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
232 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
223 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
217 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
146 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
140 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
132 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
111 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
110 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
107 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
103 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 16,172.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 14,500.

Sorry for the long profile...

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Lisa Clark
Asahel Brodrick
Hi. I lost your email, please write again. My great grandfather Asahel Brodrick was born in Five Islands, Nova Scotia, moved to Woodstock, New Brunswick, and finally to Boston, Mass. in his last years. He had several of his children living (and now buried) in Jacksonville, New Brunswick, which is why he ended up being buried there. The records were found and originally place by Karen Lovey, who kindly transferred them to me. Probably the info you had from a cousin was based on his previous time in Woodstock. Best regards, Lisa
Added by Lisa Clark on Apr 20, 2015 10:05 PM
RE: Bloomfield Edits
Hey Joe,
Yeah, that's why I was having trouble deciding which photo to add. I will remove the sideways one. The next time I am back at the cemetery, If I can get a better shot of the transcription I will change out the original!

Have a good night!
Added by Maureen on Apr 20, 2015 7:44 PM
Bloomfield Edits
Hi Joe!
I have accepted the edits you requested and they went through! While I was at the cemetery today, I located some more Bloomfield stones in Old Colonial Cemetery and have added them to the memorials you have made. So a few more are done!

Please look at David Bloomfield. His stone is broken and laying flat on the ground. I added the picture in 2 directions, because I couldn't figure out which way looked better (actually neither did to me!!). Please let me know if you would prefer to keep one vs. the other, or to keep both. If you want one removed just let me know which one and I will delete it!

Have a good one!
Added by Maureen on Apr 19, 2015 1:25 PM
Carol Foss
Yes, we are related. It is late so I'll get back tomorrow. Home email please.
Added by Carol Foss on Apr 17, 2015 9:56 PM
Carol Foss
Pretty soon we are going to find out that we are cousins!

Added by Carol Foss on Apr 17, 2015 8:15 AM
Bloomfield Edits
Hey Joe,
Nice to catch up with you again! Thanks for getting back to me on the Bloomfields. When I get back to the cemetery this weekend, I will see if I can find the stone for young William and take a picture. If not, I will take your edit suggestions and credit that you got the stone information from the source you mentioned. I'm really curious about Huldah's date. I will have to see the stone to prove to myself that I need glasses! LOL!

Enjoy the evening!
Added by Maureen on Apr 16, 2015 3:43 PM
if we could only see dates on stones!
Added by genieresearcher on Apr 16, 2015 2:11 PM
Green Welling Hart edits
Hi Joe, received your recent edits and messages. I trust your knowledge but wish I had some source to verify William Welling's mother is not Mary Hart. Without seeing any proof, there are as you have likely seen, many trees which give Mary Hart. What makes you think otherwise? thanks!
Added by genieresearcher on Apr 16, 2015 2:06 PM
Bloomfield Edits
Hi Joe,
I just saw the edit requests that you left for me on the Bloomfields in the Old Colonial Cemetery in Metuchen, NJ. I just want to check on them before accepting the edits. They are not my family, I have been researching and compiling the headstones of the family for another Find-A-Grave member. Unfortunately, she has been out of contact for over 6 months now, which is very concerning to me.

Quick couple of questions: Your edit request for William Bloomfield, with a birthdate of April, 1788 indicates that there is an inscription on the stone stating that he died at 5 years and 4 months. By any chance do you have a picture of that stone? I do not, so I cannot verify that. And where did you get the birth and death dates from?

Regarding Huldah Bloomfield: I will be going back to the cemetery on Saturday, so I will take another look at the stone, and possibly do a rubbing of the date. It looks like 1820 in my photo (I see that I transposed the 2 and 0 to read 1802!) but I will let you know what I find out Saturday. I do agree with your March 15th request and the "in her 72nd year" inscription, though!

Enjoy the rest of the week; speak to you over the weekend!
Added by Maureen on Apr 15, 2015 10:40 PM
Anne Mount West
Jeremiah and Rebecca Scudder Yetman
Hi Joseph. Looking for a possible burial place for these two. Jeremiah 1814-1856 and Rebecca 1801-1870. Died in Trenton, Mercer Co area. Any places you can suggest to look? Anne
Added by Anne Mount West on Apr 15, 2015 7:55 PM
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