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Chris Breen (#47024203)
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Bio Photo I started my family research in 2003, and have been hooked ever since. When I discovered my 4th-great grandparents (Daniel Stark, memorial #13224388, and Margaret Gonterman Stark, memorial #13224392) at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Nelson County, I realized that I was related to the majority of the people buried in that cemetery, and that many of the gravestones were deteriorating. Thus started my path of recording entire sections of cemeteries (and sometimes, entire cemeteries). The thought of losing the inscriptions on gravestones fills me with great sadness – as if once the stones are illegible, the person who was someone's mother/father, sister/brother, daughter/son is one more step on the path of the forgotten.

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY., and have spent all but 6 years living here. I lived in New Jersey for a time when I relocated there for work, but like many Louisvillians…I couldn't stay away. I love my city (and my U of L Cards!).

Names in my family line are:
Breen (Ireland – New Haven, CT – Chicago, IL – Louisville, KY)
Bohr (Germany – Louisville, KY)
Queenan (Sligo, Ireland – Louisville, KY)
Banet (France – New Orleans, LA – Floyd Knobs, IN)
Henle (Germany – Louisville, KY)
Stark (Nelson/Bullitt County, KY)
Mahoney (Nelson/Bullitt County, KY)
Ryan (Bullitt County, KY)

My method in cemetery recording is to pick a section, photograph all of the stones in that section, and then transcribe them once I return home. I make use of the "Submit A Spreadsheet" function that Find A Grave has, as there are generally 100-300 graves per section. Before I submit the names, I try to fill in as many blanks as possible – full/maiden names, missing dates, parents/children, etc., making use of and Any information I post that is in addition to or that conflicts with the data on the stone, I try to cite in the Notes section of the memorials (or the Bio section, if the text I need to add is too long for the Notes section). Prior to posting, I always try to see if a memorial for a person has already been created so that I do not post duplicates…sometimes I miss a few.

Please let me know if you find that one of my memorials is a duplicate of one that was posted before mine and I will gladly delete it.

I have many more photos of gravestones than I have posted – it is a long process and I get to it when I am able (squeezed between career and family time). The original photos I take are a higher resolution than what Find A Grave will allow to be uploaded. If you would like a copy of the larger, original file, please request one through the Suggest A Correction (SAC) link that is available for every memorial when you click the Edit tab on the top right side of the memorial. You will need to provide me with your e-mail address for me to send a copy to you.

Suggested Updates/Corrections:
I try to be as accurate as possible in the information that I post, citing sources for any assumptions that I may make. If you have suggestions/corrections on a specific memorial of mine, please use the SAC link for that memorial. PLEASE CITE YOUR SOURCES – I am a big proponent of stopping the proliferation of mistaken information that is being presented as "fact". I'll be happy to copy/paste what you provide with supporting citation, and credit you with the updated information. Any SAC's received without explanation will be looked at as time allows. If I can "easily" find supporting data via my normal research tools, then I may make the update.

Please allow a couple of weeks for any updates to be made. Timing depends on what's going on in my life outside of this hobby (or obsession, as my family calls it).

All Find A Grave users should be familiar with the "How do I get a relative's memorial transferred to me?" section of the Frequently Asked Questions page. I have no problems transferring memorials to someone distantly related outside of these guidelines as long as I am not related to the person myself. Please use the SAC link for the memorial to request transfers with your relationship noted – one per memorial. That makes it easier to find the memorial and make the transfer.
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Thank you for all of the updates!
Added by Honor on Jun 14, 2014 10:37 PM
Maggie Rosenham memorial #31673798
Continuing my research on the Ross side of my family, I made a surprising discovery this morning. Margaret Ross, sister of Susan W. Ross Rosenham, married her brother-in-law Leo Rosenham 3 years after the death of her sister. According to Kentucky vital records, this occurred on 30 Jan 1866. (This record appears as both Rosenham and Rosenbaum in the records, but it is Leo of Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky in both). Margaret Ross, daughter of Samuel Ross and Elizabeth Daniel Wortham, is listed in both the 1850 and 1860 census records as being born in 1838. She vanishes from records after that. Since Leo remarried to Fannie Strauss in 1868, it follows that my great grand aunt Margaret died shortly after the marriage. You mentioned for Maggie Rosenham's grave had a birth year that was difficult to read. Since you ruled out maggie as a child of Leo's, it must say 1838.

This is the third case this week of finding a double marriage of this kind among my Bardstown relatives. It also explains why my grandmother referred to Leo as Uncle Rosenham even after the death of Susan, since he continued in the family for a second marriage.
Added by chrisappel_1 on May 04, 2014 11:58 AM
Susan W. Ross Rosenham Memorial
Thank you for posting this memorial to my great grand aunt. You are correct in your research. Aunt Susan died on October 21 1863, as evidenced by a dated photo I have added to the memorial.

I have a number of Ross and Barnes relatives in that part of Kentucky and I appreciate your efforts in documenting the cemeteries there.

Chris Appel
Added by chrisappel_1 on May 03, 2014 9:41 PM
Stephen Reiss
Anna Catherine (A.C.) Basler
Hi, Chris. Thanks for preparing this memorial for my great great great aunt. Her husband was Nicholas Johann Basler (12/13/1816 -- 4/11/1860). I'm trying to find his grave and that of his father, Johann Basler (1/7/1791 -- 1854) who also died in Louisville. Are you related to the Baslers? Thanks,

Steve Reiss
Added by Stephen Reiss on Feb 07, 2014 4:31 AM
Mary Jenkins Montgomery
Walter Queenan
Hey, Chris, it's me, cousin Mary Ann. Just wondering how Walter relates to our Queenan. I believe you have my personal email. Thanks.
Added by Mary Jenkins Montgomery on Feb 01, 2014 2:23 PM
Sue Waldridge-Lettie
Thank you so much for taking and posting the photo of George Bernard Hettel's marker.

Sue Waldridge-Lettie
Added by Sue Waldridge-Lettie on Jan 19, 2014 6:15 PM
Charlie O
John R. Schneider
Thanks for noticing that I had the wrong dates on John's memorial. I indeed used the dates from another person. I have corrected my memorial with his dates from the Death Record.
Thanks for all you do in Find A Grave.
Charlie O.
Added by Charlie O on Jan 12, 2014 7:33 AM
RE: Yurt graves in St. Michael
Chris -

Received the transfer of Michael's memorial. Thanks again for transferring the memorials.

Added by wafe on Jan 02, 2014 10:51 AM
Jayne Dunn
FAG suggestions

I don't mind, at all, you notifying me when you add a photo to any memorials that I've created. Glad to hear that you've added them. Thanks for you effort!

Added by Jayne Dunn on Jan 01, 2014 6:41 PM
Jayne Dunn
Rosa Herth
Thanks Chris! I will double check the year of birth. I used the KY death certificates for the info. Appreciate the added info and the photo! Jayne
Added by Jayne Dunn on Dec 29, 2013 6:37 PM
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