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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 7 months, 27 days
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NOTE: Am getting close to being caught up! As of 3/1 I have gone through all emails received through 2/20. 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 2,800 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 over 100 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 February 2015--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

798 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
788 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
716 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
607 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
438 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
432 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
313 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
302 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
265 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
237 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
220 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
217 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
206 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
144 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
133 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
131 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
110 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
110 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
107 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
103 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 15,973.

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

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (362)[Leave Message]
Rich D.
RE: Merrick Stanton
Hi Joe, I added the photo over to the older memorial page last week. Is it not showing up? I don't own either of the memorials, so I can't delete them, but I deleted the picture on the newer memorial.
Added by Rich D. on Mar 04, 2015 7:58 PM
Joseph R. Jackson
Distant cousin
I stumbled upon find a by total accident one night and I did not leave the computer for over 24 hours.Thanks to the great work of people like yourself my eyes were opened to a whole other side of my family tree. I assumed my father's side of the family were all hillbillies from West Virginia. To my surprise a rich history of prominent founding settlers was given to me with a few clicks on the lap top. Thank you again for your contributions. Joseph R. Jackson Geneva,Ohio
Added by Joseph R. Jackson on Mar 04, 2015 5:07 AM
John Todorczuk
Phillips family
Hello; Nice to see my g-g-grandparents on here;Ephraim and Mary Phillips. I have some info and a picture of headstone of their son James Walter Phillips my g-grand father and his son my grandfather Jay Phillips
Added by John Todorczuk on Feb 26, 2015 7:22 PM
Lana Runnels Knor
Garret Fish
Added by Lana Runnels Knor on Feb 25, 2015 1:22 PM
allan Loder
Robert Young Fish
Glad I could help with information Joe he is my 1st Cousin 5x removed.
Added by allan Loder on Feb 23, 2015 9:42 PM
Rich D.
RE: Merrick Stanton
Hi Joe, all set!
Added by Rich D. on Feb 23, 2015 3:06 PM
F.a.G. Member
Heinz transfers, Hillside Cem., Roslyn
You're very welcome.

I do hope some new connections and/or new information come as a result of the transfers. Good luck.

Original message:
Heinz transfers, Hillside Cem., Roslyn
Please accept my belated, but very sincere, thanks for the transfer. I just finished up the edits. Best regards to you. -Joe Klett
Added by F.a.G. Member on Feb 23, 2015 11:20 AM
Larry Krueger
RE: Thanks
I hope you're right! LOL
Added by Larry Krueger on Feb 22, 2015 6:42 PM
Larry Krueger
RE: Thanks
Glad I could help you get control of so many that were previously out of reach. Get them while you can. I am 70 and who knows when I will go 'Inactive' LOL
Added by Larry Krueger on Feb 22, 2015 6:16 PM
RE: Bruce T. Reed
You are most welcome for the transfer. Toni
Added by Toni on Feb 17, 2015 8:19 PM
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