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Har37x (#47671892)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.

Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.

I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013

When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.

If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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Messages left for Har37x (1318)[Leave Message]
Marcia McKown Hummel
Elon Felske
Thank you so much for this photo! I truly appreciate your taking the time to do this.
Added by Marcia McKown Hummel on Jul 22, 2014 11:42 AM
Joseph Stropes
Thank you for taking a picture of where Joseph Stropes lies. Disappointed there isn't a headstone.
Added by joyce on Jul 22, 2014 7:56 AM
<3 from Michigan
Caleb & Mary Hare at Pleasant View
Thank you so much for your time and effort in locating, photographing, & posting the stone of Caleb & Mary Hare. This is the second time that you have taken photographs for me and I so appreciate your kindness.

With your permission I'd like to add your photos to my family tree on I would of course give all photo credits to you. Please let me know if you would be comfortable with that.

Thanks again so much!
Added by <3 from Michigan on Jul 20, 2014 6:14 PM
Cynthia Carlson
Amanda L. (Barnes) Wilson
Thank you for taking a photo of the section of Oakwood Cemetery where Amanda Wilson rests. It is sad that there is no marker for her grave.
Added by Cynthia Carlson on Jul 19, 2014 8:35 PM
Mark Chidichimo
I appreciate the photo!
Added by Mark Chidichimo on Jul 19, 2014 2:17 PM
Linda Claxton
Infant Troyer
Thank-you so much for the wonderful photo!

Added by Linda Claxton on Jul 19, 2014 12:58 PM
Myra W
Michael Wainwright
Thank you for photographing my cousin's grave. I appreciate the time that you took for our family.
Added by Myra W on Jul 18, 2014 6:37 PM
Myra W
Helen Crane Wainwright Grave
Thank you for photographing my aunt's grave. I appreciate that you took the time to perform an act of kindness.
Added by Myra W on Jul 18, 2014 6:34 PM
Wanda Pierce Johnson
RE: Willard Robinett memorial
Thank you very much.
Wanda Pierce Johnson
Added by Wanda Pierce Johnson on Jul 18, 2014 5:59 PM
Wanda Pierce Johnson
Willard Robinett memorial
I located the memorial for my distant cousin at Depue Cemetery, Bureau County, IL. It is for Willard Robinett memorial # 97364274.
Would it be ok to use your photo(s) on my family tree? I will include (Find-a-Grave photo & permission by Har37x) for any photo I use.
Thanks in advance
Wanda Pierce Johnson
Added by Wanda Pierce Johnson on Jul 18, 2014 5:45 PM
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