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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 4 years, 4 months, 18 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 for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my son's European Ancestors account as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials 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 3,800 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 nearly 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. My son has over 100 others at his European Ancestors account. 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.

Regarding 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 pass the memorial along 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, 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 April 2015--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

977 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
915 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
761 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
650 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
576 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
461 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
346 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
317 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
310 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
265 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
250 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
248 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
239 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
160 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
153 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
146 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
124 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
121 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
116 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: about 18,850.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 17,750.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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 • 5,077 Memorials Added
 • 7,139 Memorials Managed
 • 22 Memorials/Week
 • 1,420 Photos
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 • 14 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 16,247 Virtual Flowers
 • 136 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 2 Fame Ratings
 • 63 Sponsorships
 • 30 Friends
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (465)[Leave Message]
Holly Beaverson
Harry Gaunt
Hello Mr. Klett
I am inquiring regarding the burial marker for Harry Gaunt. He was indeed married to my Great Grandmother, Cora Gaunt. I would be very interested in seeing the memorial marker. Thank you. Respectfully, Holly Beaverson

Added by Holly Beaverson on Nov 23, 2015 6:16 AM
Wendy McIntosh
Made the transfers you requested! Always happy to link up family where they belong.
Added by Wendy McIntosh on Nov 20, 2015 5:40 AM
Stan Arnold
Content Titus
Thanks so much for the tombstone photo for Content Titus. I had no idea a photo of this now defunct marker existed. I wonder if the marker was photographed shortly before the cemetery was bulldozed in the 1930s. It's great to be able to reconstruct this little bit of history.
Added by Stan Arnold on Nov 13, 2015 9:40 AM
D R Spencer
RE: Hollywood Forever photo request - Charles Polk
Thanks for the details. I shall look for the markers later this week.

Added by D R Spencer on Nov 09, 2015 6:46 PM
RE: Hunt Gravestones at Clawson Graveyard
No problem.
Added by LT on Nov 09, 2015 8:33 AM
John Allen
Just cleaned up
Dear Joseph:
Simply FYI, the East Amwell Historical Society just cleaned up the Hunt and Simerson Burial Grounds (on the old Clawson - now Gulick - Farm) 7 Nov 2015. I can send photos, if you like, since I can't seem to load them here...
John Allen
Added by John Allen on Nov 09, 2015 7:43 AM
Dreams Come True
Caroline Freeman
Hi Joe,

I'm very, very happy to transfer her memorial to you! I'm not related to any of my memorials and am very pleased to be able to give them to family, no matter how distant the connection. You should have it now. Thank you for the request!
Added by Dreams Come True on Nov 08, 2015 7:54 PM
Hi Joe,

Thanks for your message about Sarah Huff Schenck - I accepted your edits and deleted the memorial. No need to transfer to me; we likely are related, but it'll be a distant connection.

I appreciate all your efforts!
Added by gazelle on Nov 08, 2015 11:20 AM
D R Spencer
Hollywood Forever photo request - Charles Polk
Joseph, I wanted to let you know that I have claimed your photo request for Charles Polk in Hollywood Forever cemetery. I plan to visit the cemetery later this week, probably Thursday or Friday. Charles' memorial indicates that he is in the Garden of Memory, but we may increase the likelihood of me finding a marker if you can contact the cemetery to confirm the burial location plot. The cemetery will not provide this information to photo volunteers, but you can find their contact information at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can either call them, or fill out the information request and they should get back to you in a few days. If you are unable to get burial plot location, I will search the entire section if I have time, but your help is appreciated in attempting to get the burial information from the cemetery.

Best wishes,
Added by D R Spencer on Nov 07, 2015 3:15 PM
Tom Jennings
Gaunt Transfers
I think I got them all transferred over to you. Let me know if anyone didn't get transferred.
Added by Tom Jennings on Nov 07, 2015 1:24 PM
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