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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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Tom Pottenger
Mary and Elmer Skaggs
Thank you so very much for taking and posting photos of their grave markers for the family.
Added by Tom Pottenger on Aug 18, 2014 9:24 PM
Clarence Gibons, his wife Ella Robbins
I did not get the cemetery plot/block info but sent an email request today and will pass it on to you and update the memorials as soon as I find out. :)
Added by Cookie on Aug 17, 2014 7:16 PM
RE: Clarence Gibons, his wife Ella Robbins
Good news - the BCGS figured out the Tiskilwa cemetery for the Gibons' (Mount Bloom) and am curious to see if Nora is also with them, or if any other Gibons' are in this same cemetery. Thanks again for your suggestion to contact them and appreciate your help with this!
Added by Cookie on Aug 17, 2014 10:47 AM
Ella & Clarence Gibons
Thank you for your help with this. I was hoping that there would only be one cemetery in Tiskilwa since that would have narrowed down the search. I emailed the BCGS about the Gibons' and am hopeful that they may have some index cards with the cemetery info - I was just there a few weeks ago and wish I had done it then but it was not on my radar at that time. I appreciate your assistance and please let me know if you find anything out!
Added by Cookie on Aug 16, 2014 9:26 AM
RE: Mary Gerard
Thanks for adding the memorial info!
Added by JohnTwig on Aug 13, 2014 8:19 AM
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RE: Rose McCombs
Thanks. You are helping me solve some of the mysteries of my family. I reallly appreciate all you have done. J
Added by juana manzana on Aug 11, 2014 11:21 PM
juana manzana
Rose McCombs
Thank you for taking the time to photograph my ancestors' graves. I was shocked to see that Rose had evidently married a second time-to a Delmar Cole. Was there also a David McCombs near Rose Cole's grave? I am very confused. J
Added by juana manzana on Aug 11, 2014 9:21 PM
Thank you so much
Thank you so much for the photo of Sandy Girvin's grave and headstone. Sandy is my mother's step-grandfather. He was her favorite when she was young, she remembers that he always had a joke or funny story to tell and always had candy in his pocket that he was willing to share. My mother is complying her family genealogy and having this photo brings Sandy to life.

Thank you again,

Susan Lingenfelter
Added by Sue&Pat on Aug 11, 2014 8:23 PM
Larry Van Dyke
Harrison Gudgell
Thanks for taking the photo of Harrison and Clara Gudgell's tombstones.
Added by Larry Van Dyke on Aug 11, 2014 5:20 PM
Thank you!
Hello. Thank you so much for taking pictures of the Frederick family headstones in the Mount Olivet Cemetery! It means so much to me. They are my great-grandparents and grand uncles and aunt. I live in California so without your help I would never have gotten their headstones.

Added by Terre on Aug 11, 2014 4:38 PM
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