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personna (#46638792)
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Bio Photo I am an avid amateur genealogist, researching many different lines for both family and friends. I include all collateral lines, so my area of interest is extensive.

I have added many memorials in the hope of helping a fellow researcher. Permission is granted for personal use of any of the photos I have added, please just cite the F.A.G. memorial number and cite me as the photographer. This includes - it's so disappointing to look at a public family tree and find one of my photographs without mention of the photographer.

I decline to give permission to use my photos for resale, for profit, or to upload to a different web site. Do not copy them to other grave related sites such as

PLEASE remember the volunteer nature of FAG and be polite when writing. People have been less than understanding recently, wondering why the information they sent hadn't yet been added.

Dates of birth & death as well as linking to parents can been added through the automated system. If I've missed your email about additions to a memorial, just ask a second time. We're all human, no need for attitude.



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Since you are creating a record of the cemetery in addition to photographing a single stone you should take several images of the same marker. For example:

1. One showing the whole cemetery.

2. Shoot an image that includes the closest stones and provides context.

3. Photograph the whole gravestone so that inscription and carving are visible.

4. Make sure to take at least one picture where the inscription fills the camera frame.

Unless you are extremely lucky, most of the stones you want to photograph will not be straight due to ground settling. In the case of leaning stones, tilting the camera should eliminate the slant."


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Karel & Corinne Cory Requests
Hi, I completed their photo requests. I also found marker for Carl Cory nearby. Not sure if related or not. Anyway, I created his memorial.
Added by bhd on Aug 27, 2015 3:02 PM
Will Motsinger
RE: James W. Collett - # 71689281
This was one of two requests I didn't expect to find because of the age of the graves. I didn't have enough time to do a complete search for your other request, but from the age of the stones it doesn't look good for finding it.. Thanks for the opportunity..
Added by Will Motsinger on Aug 26, 2015 4:11 PM
Mabel Toles #74597972 @ Lakeville
Oakland County, Michigan. I've added headstones for the Toles family. You left a flower . . .
Added by Marguerite on Aug 04, 2015 9:26 PM
C. Bryan
Alvin Benson - - -
Got the exact location for you this morning - also another photo. Was in the area, easy to do. cb
Added by C. Bryan on Aug 01, 2015 1:30 PM
Tom Reece
That was my reason for asking, his family. Your dates were incomplete and we couldn't find a memorial page for him. We then found a duplicate of your entry(I notified him). I'm trying to help his niece as well as the VVMF & CDB. We have over 6,000 to locate.

Added by Tom Reece on Jul 25, 2015 6:25 PM
Tom Glowacki
RE: Kenneth Richard Rose - # 1136326
It was my pleasure.
Added by Tom Glowacki on Jul 20, 2015 4:13 PM
Re: Polly Carpi Godwin Gwin

Just a follow-up. I know the Find A Grave guidelines say use the last married name, but I have found many women continue to use both if they were widows. I follow what the obituary indicates - if it uses both, I sometimes use both.

Since you specifically asked, I have changed it for you.


Added by RTerry on Jul 15, 2015 6:39 AM
Doug & Marilyn Parman
RE: Thomas Gatzman - # 128020642
I love going to the cemetery and taking the photos. But when I find a mystery that is the icing on the cake. I to had a missing link and it was my great grandfather William Luther Wade, his family. I was disowned by my great aunt when I started my search over 30 years ago. I had a few clues before I was shut out by her, sad. The clues I had was his last name was Taylor, his mother maiden name was Capps, when she died her name was Bryant, and they were from Dunn, North Carolina. I even went there in 2008, and found nothing. I always wondered? did he just change his last name or did he take new everything. I got my answer a few months ago. I found his mother on Find A Grave, she had been put in shortly before, then everything started falling in place. His real name was William Luther Taylor. He even had a brother names after his father. Needless to say I was up all night.

If and when you come to Modesto let me know and we will get together. I have a copy of Modesto Citizens updated list. I will try to email it to you.

Added by Doug & Marilyn Parman on Jul 13, 2015 3:05 PM
Diane Nygaard
Mildred M. Andersen
Can you remove the photo of the headstone for Mildred Mable Morse Andersen. She is my grandmother and I would like to add other photos. Thank you.
Added by Diane Nygaard on Jul 06, 2015 3:52 PM
Diane Nygaard
Hans J. Andersen
Can you please remove the photo of the headstone for Hans Jacob Andersen. He is my grandfather and I would like to add other photos. Thank you.
Added by Diane Nygaard on Jul 06, 2015 3:36 PM
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