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cataholic4ever (#46531689)
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Since 2009 I have been working on preserving the Greenwood Cemetery. I started out taking care of a few family members there and then found more and more. I am related somehow to almost 1/2 of the cemetery.

I have been going through the cemetery stone by stone trying to physically place all the graves. I'm also trying to add names to the stones that are unreadable, which is very very hard! Sometimes I find a stone which just says mother or father even

I have been going through obituaries, church records, cemetery books, county birth records, funeral home records, and death records just trying to make sure every one is found and taken care of.

If you are within the FAG guidelines I will GLADLY transfer too.

The Greenwood cemetery is done. There maybe the occasional found ancestor in the obits or death certs, but all the photos (Except for recent burials like 2013 to 1016) have been taken of every stone I could find.

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Edna Mode
RE: Benjamin Browand
Memorial 145655687 (yours) has the correct burial location, but both memorials have unique, important data about this soldier (thank you). I sent the same information to the administrator of the other memorial that I did to you. The few times I've faced this situation (accidental duplicate memorials, each with vital information about the soldier), I've worked with the other administrator and we've consolidated all the data into one memorial to honor the soldier and deleted one. Maybe you could reach out to the other admin and see if he'll work with you to do that.
Added by Edna Mode on Jul 29, 2016 1:33 PM
Warren Eastright
David Stine
Hi, sorry, I deleted my memorial.

Added by Warren Eastright on Jul 24, 2016 7:39 PM
glenn kinter
RE: Francis Boslett
You are most welcome. If you tell me how you are related, I may be interested in transferring the management of the memorials for the Francis Boslett/Mary Conahan children, that I created in the last few days. I believe in reuniting families through I have done extensive research with census records and cemetery records in order to completer the family. Again, it's people helping people that makes FindAGrave really successful. Cheers.
Added by glenn kinter on Jul 23, 2016 8:20 PM
glenn kinter
Francis Boslett
You have Francis Boslett in the wrong St. Joseph's cemetery. He is in the "new" St. Joseph's cemetery in N. Versailles, PA. He is buried with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. There is a memorial created for him there linking his wife and children. However, before F.A.G. can merge the two memorials, we need to get Francis in the right cemetery. You will still get credit for the memorial. Will you please put Francis in the "NEW" St. Joseph's cemetery? Thank you, gk
Added by glenn kinter on Jul 23, 2016 11:25 AM
Debra Downing
RE: Emma Alpen
All good, thanks
Added by Debra Downing on Jul 20, 2016 10:17 AM
Debra Downing
Emma Alpen
I was visiting the Maple Hill Cemetery in Gladbrook, Iowa recently and took the picture for Emma Alpen Memorial #165556099.
Today I received the following email:

Could you get the cemetery straightened out with Find A Grave Memorial# 36352656??
She has her in a different cemetery
Could you help me with his?
Added by Debra Downing on Jul 19, 2016 11:59 AM
Linda Allison
RE: Irvin
I put the wrong parents in so that is why I deleted them. He is actually the son of Ralph Irvin (#145068978). Ralph was the first wife of my mother's cousin, Pearl White.
Added by Linda Allison on Jul 14, 2016 6:53 AM
Michael Imler Dopson
Grave Dowsing
About 25 years ago, when I first caught the Bone Chasing Bug my wife found an Ole Genealogy Book in a Used Book Store. It had been published the best I can remember between 1890-1910 in England.

When she read it she came to several pages on the below subject. My first thoughts were Hockus Pokus, and Ole Hum---well she insisted that we do this on one of her Ole Family Cemeteries upon I the Limestone Area of Walton Co., Fl. This cemetery was so far out in the sticks they had to Pipe In Sun Light.

Well, I still have no clue Why It Works, But It Does Work and I have used it many many times on Old Ancient Family Cemeteries. PAY ATTENTION THE LAST PART IN BRIGHT RED. IT WASN’T FUNNY THEN, BUT NOW I KINDA SMILE AND LAUGH ABOUT.


1. Use two brass Rods - 1/8” Dia. X 3’ Long. (Go to welding section in most hardware stores, i.e. Lowes, Home Depot, etc.)
2. Make a 90 degree bend in the Rods about 6” up from one end, forming a “L” Shape.
3. Take one Rod in ea. Hand, holding the 6” section and point them ahead of you like you would a pistol and separated generally by the width of your body. Your upper arms should be along your trunk and elbows at or near your waist. The rods will be near parallel at this point.
4. When you enter a graveyard first go to a known grave and note how other graves are orientated in reference to it. In other words you’re scooping out the geography of the cemetery, establishing its burial lines.
5. If this is your first time using the Rods go to a known grave that you can establish the gender of the person there in. This will be your test site as you conduct what follows.
6. While outside of the grave area extend the rods as described above and move slowly towards the grave from its side. As your Rods pass over one boundary they will start to converge, both crossing over the top or under the other one. When you are centered over the grave the Rods will be at their most crossed position and as you exit the grave they will start to open up and as you exit the grave they will be back in a near original parallel position.
7. Then using one Rod hold it in a vertical position allowing it to point downward directly at the grave. If the Rod stays perpendicular and there is no oscillation, circling movement or swinging back and forth it will be a Male, if it does swing about as previously described it will indicate a Female.
8. Now, knowing graves for an adult are basically 3’ x 6’ you can run a plum line between known graves and what appears to be an area that isn’t occupied. It helps on large areas to use a ball of string and lay out plum lines with small stakes. Children’s graves are normally shorter and are close to 3’ x 4’.
9. Once your plum lines are established walk from one known grave across the seemingly vacant area towards the next known grave using the plum line. Walk slowly (if you walk to fast you may miss a grave (esp. a child’s). (I carry along with me cut pieces of cloths hangers about 6” long to use a grave markers.) When my rods start to cross I place a marker and as they start to open up I place another. If this distance is about 3’ then I know I was approaching the grave from the side. If it is 6’ then I know I was walking from Head to Toe, or the other way around. Sometime Old Old Cemeteries are laid out with no purpose and grave point every which way. Graves are generally 24-30” apart so as you exit one be prepared for the next.
10. Don’t be completely surprised if you do a grave at get a mixed gender signal. One that I did I got a male signal from one end and a bit further down a female. In graves of mother’s and their newborns that die in childbirth and the child is buried with her you may receive a mixed signal if the child is a boy. Sometimes this is very slight and not noticed.
11. Warning when working old Cemeteries. Prior to 1940’s and even after most coffins were made of wood and they did not use concrete grave liners. The wood coffin was put into the grave cavity and then the earth was back filled. Over time these wood coffins will decay, then collapse leaving a void area where it once was. The old adage of digging a grave 6’ deep isn’t always true and a lot of these graves were dug just deep enough to put 2-3’ of dirt over the top of the coffin. That means you have a large vacant area 2-3’ below ground level. If the person doing the Dowsing is large (like I am, 230#) he best be careful or he may cave in the grave and find himself up close and personal with the occupant. Needless to say this can be a huge surprise. In my case I settled through with my left leg up to my knee and as I tried to extricate myself using downward lift using my right leg it caved in also an I was just about up to my back side. At that point I just threw myself forward and crawled out. My wife thought it was real funny and all I could say was He Almost Had Me. You get the point
Added by Michael Imler Dopson on Jul 07, 2016 3:59 PM
Michael Imler Dopson
RE: Mary Elizabeth Shawley
Hay, I read the Obit and completely looked right by what is said and when the paper was published. So, don't blame yourself---you just caused me to take a second look.

Added by Michael Imler Dopson on Jul 07, 2016 3:54 PM
Michael Imler Dopson
Mary Elizabeth Shawley
You put in a change for D.O.D. as the 14th., vs. the 19th. I have changed it to the 13th. for the below reason:

Name: Mary Shawley
[Mary Kerlin]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 39
Birth Date: 8 Mar 1900
Birth Place: Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 19 Sep 1939{NOTE: Altoona Tribune was published on Sep 14, 1939 and it says she died last night, therefore the day was the 13th., not the 19th.}
Death Place: Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania, USA
Father: Irvin Kerlin
Mother: Kathryn Lynn
Spouse: Dorsey
Certificate Number: 79657
Added by Michael Imler Dopson on Jul 07, 2016 3:30 PM
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