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Deborah Rudy (#47416386)
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Bio Photo I saw my aunt spend more than 2 decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's simply wonderful now to be able to do so much ancestor research online, thanks in part to Find A Grave VOLUNTEERS!

I'm tracing my paternal line, which is presenting so many challenges. They traveled from northern Switzerland to PA in the early 1700's and their records and graves are well hidden by the passage of time. When I do find their kin, I know I will want to see photos of their graves, to glean data and leads, and will need help from Find A Grave photo volunteers. So, in return, I am happy to help fulfill requests for photos of your ancestors headstones in my hometown cemeteries or nearby.

I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo. So I am adding as many headstone photos as I can to already posted, memorials from cemeteries in my hometown from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's that have no photo.

I work from actual headstones, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records and Federal mortality schedules. Alice Stroh passed over any hard to read stone and even the Gerberich cemetery records have many omissions, typos and errors.

On the memorials of local graves that I add, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of local headstones.

If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding any of my long lost Rudy/Shaffer kinfolk burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.

Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve the past.
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RE: Snodgrass
Thanks, Deborah! I have read it, and although I found it very interesting, unfortunately it wasn't very illuminating. Oh well, I'll just keep digging!
Added by FxAndrew on Jul 12, 2014 12:00 AM
William Clark
Most of the Treasurers of the United States are designated as famous, including William Clark. The first woman treasurer (who is buried near my home) is not, however, even though I think all of the Treasurers should be. I have a virtual cemetery of the Treasurers of the United States ( and almost all of them have photographs of their markers. I'm hoping to get photos posted for those that are lacking them.
Added by DSH on Jul 09, 2014 10:27 PM
Samuel Nutt, mem. 120766953
Thank you so much for placing a much better picture of Samuel Nutt's gravestone on my memorial for him #120766953. The picture I took was so bad that I have deleted it from the memorial. I live in Michigan - not too close to St. Albans Me. - so I couldn't get back there to take a better picture myself. I'm so glad you did.
Donald Nutt
Find A Grave member # 47623402
Added by D&PNutt on Jul 03, 2014 6:30 PM
Cheryl Miller
RE: Goodwins
Gosh!!! Thank you soooo much! Would love to copy to my tree on Ancestry.. Please let me know if that is okay with you. I have a private tree :)

Added by Cheryl Miller on Jul 02, 2014 10:30 PM
Betty Fowles
Andrew Berryhill
Thank you so much for trying.
Added by Betty Fowles on Jul 01, 2014 4:23 PM
Mary Briggs
Daniel Austin
Thank you so much for adding the picture of Daniel's military headstone. You and I have the same passion. I have been adding photos to memorials without them in Antrim County, Michigan. I tried to do as many as I could while the American flags were in the cemetery for Memorial Day.
Added by Mary Briggs on Jul 01, 2014 7:42 AM
RE: Peter F Young
Hi Deborah,
I just got your message in my email, which, since I've not been doing genealogy for awhile, I haven't been checking. If you have made your trip to Duncannon, and have photos, I would love to see them.
Thanks for getting in touch with me.... Barbara
Added by Barbara on Jun 15, 2014 9:56 PM
Luke Kahler
RE: Hauer
Thank you very much for adding the headstone
photo to Theresa Hauer's memorial, it was greatly

Luke Kahler
Added by Luke Kahler on Jun 06, 2014 7:45 AM
Luke Kahler
George Benner
Thank you so very much for the headstone photo
that was added to George Benner's memorial, and
for your time and effort to do this. I appreciate this very much.

Luke Kahler
Added by Luke Kahler on Jun 05, 2014 11:14 AM
RE: Mary Bixler

My email is If you email me, I will send you the page I copied from the cemetery records. Every once in a while they have an open house at the Chapel, that's where I got the records. Note that the birthdate is 1842, not 1812, Mary was 9 when she died.

I too have relatives that were killed by Native American raids behind Fredericksburg, mainly Spitlers. Are you from the Fredericksburg area, I knew a Debbie Rudy....

Added by kstouffer on May 29, 2014 5:35 PM
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