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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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|Marcia McKown Hummel||Elon Felske|
Thank you so much for this photo! I truly appreciate your taking the time to do this.
|joyce ||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 ancestry.com. 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!
|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.
I appreciate the photo!
|Linda Claxton||Infant Troyer|
Thank-you so much for the wonderful photo!
|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
|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 Ancestry.com family tree? I will include (Find-a-Grave photo & permission by Har37x) for any photo I use.
Thanks in advance
Wanda Pierce Johnson
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