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Cathy Neil Rakoczy (#47170716)
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Bio Photo Feel free to use any of the pictures I've added. I visit cemeteries when I can for the love of it, not the recognition on findagrave by adding pictures and claiming 'copyright'. What upsets me are the 'don't copy' people with poor quality pictures. If you're so proud of them make sure they're perfect. One of my pet peeves are the headstones that the photographer did not even bother to clean the debris and leaves off to make the headstone readable. Come on, it's a small thing to do. Yes, I've spent, time, gas and had many aches and pains to take pictures but I don't believe that gives me the right to deny the use of my pictures (especially for family trees) since a majority of the time I'm not related. I'll transfer any memorial I've created except the ones related to me personally. I'm disturbed by the FAG guidelines of transfer and that some members are so hardcore about them. I have a great-aunt and an uncle that had no children and a member will not transfer them to me even though they manage over 75,000 memorials and are not related. Guess numbers mean more to some people. Use a little common sense people.

My daughter and I are researching African American WWI Veterans in many East Texas counties. I would love to hear from any family members of these forgotten heroes. The counties are Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Chambers, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Walker and Wood. We started with one county and it has mushroomed to 43, identifying over 11,000 (so far). My daughter, Dr. Lila Rakoczy, is on the Texas WWI Centennial Commission and organizing a WWI traveling African American WWI memorial wall to visit several venues for 2017/2018.
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Michael Parsons
Ronald Elvin Hacktt
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Do you by chance have anything on Ronald?
Added by Michael Parsons on Jul 06, 2016 8:09 PM
Sandra Bertram Meier
Robert Hodges
His official death certificate shows date of birth as Sept 7 1889. I will use that as official date with reference note to other data. Also says he was buried in Willis African American Cemetery. Will move him there.
Added by Sandra Bertram Meier on Jul 03, 2016 1:10 PM
Peggy Myers Spencer
McKinley F Austin
Memorial# 31351580 Thank you for the TX WWI Service Record with his correct birth. I have updated his memorial. If he is a relative of yours, I will be happy to transfer this memorial to you.
Added by Peggy Myers Spencer on Jun 10, 2016 6:23 PM
Deborah
Thank you and I need an edit
I totally concur with your sentiments. As you can see I could not figure out how to send you an edit request! Ref: Kelly Leggett Washington #7829172, Trinity Black Cemetery. You have listed Kelly as the "daughter of". My friend is the Granddaughter of Kelly and assures me Kelly is her Grandfather. If you could change daughter to son, we would appreciate it. Again thank you for all your work.
Added by Deborah on Apr 26, 2016 10:30 AM
Andrea
RE: Norsisie Henderson
Thanks! I'll back track to her page!!
Added by Andrea on Mar 17, 2016 1:37 PM
Angie
VA Headstones
Thank you for the information on the Veterans Headstones. I have not been able to locate family for that particular Veteran.Some of the cemeteries here have Civil War stones also, and are in need of repair or replacement.If I can get these fixed, I can think of no better way to let these Veterans know how much I appreciate their fight for our freedom.
Angie
Added by Angie on Mar 16, 2016 8:58 PM
William E. "Bill" Robinson
James C. Story
Rose Hill/Cedar Grove - I remember photographing the stones and the caretaker showed me where a line of large crepe myrtle bushes stood that divided the two cemeteries. They removed the bushes to make more room and now you cannot tell which is which.. Thank you for catching this...
Added by William E. "Bill" Robinso... on Mar 11, 2016 9:20 AM
4th great grand daughter
Clara Robinson # 145124525
Cathy;
I have search and searched trying to find any death record of Clara Robinson and can not seem to find any. Although Kirby Lumber Co. went into business there in Silsbee in 1901, and I can't find any record when they decidated the cemetery for the workers, I assume it was within the 1901 era. So what I did was elemiate the death year for her since there is a question as to the exact
year. I want to thank you for your interest in the African American cemeteries, I have been photographing them for 4 years now in Jefferson county and the Silsbee area which included the Kirby cemetery.

Ruthie in Texas
Added by 4th great grand daughter on Mar 07, 2016 5:07 PM
Kelli Rodriguez
Thank you
Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to take photos for me. It's the selfless people like you that make doing genealogy so much easier.

Kelli Rodriguez
Added by Kelli Rodriguez on Feb 05, 2016 3:49 PM
J McMenis
Bethlehem Cemetery
Thank you for the photo.
Added by J McMenis on Feb 01, 2016 4:05 AM
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