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Grief never ends,|
but it changes.
It is a passage,
not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of
weakness or lack of faith...
it is the price of love.
If you dig iPhones more than cameras, it might be fun for you to use a BillionGraves app. This is the opposite of FindAGrave in that pictures are uploaded FIRST, and then volunteers transcribe the names and data from grave markers. Didn't take long for me to do some thousands & gotta grin cuz...I've posted before about trying to decipher ancient, mostly unreadable, markers from pix...when I came to a cemetery with just 4 pix untranscribed...yup, all "unreadable," but I could at least figure out the names and a few dates. God can give old eyes new talents...just like being able to see MAGIC EYE pix ~ B:‹)
For 2014, I guess I should welcome the obvious: FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type organization...so as the membership increases, memorials and pictures left to be added decrease. There are already over 123,000,000 memorials; so considering that half the people who ever lived on Planet Earth are living now, and that it's unknown where over 90% of the dead are...how many does that leave? ½-LOL and go figure.
The picture "request" function started around mid-2007; at first there was only one guy and me taking pix in Arlington National (all that white granite for matching military markers comes from Vermont...not China :^), and there weren't many requests, so you can see how membership and contributions have exploded! I've had to tell my eager grandboy that there will probably not be much picture-taking left to do when another seven years pass, just always recent deaths to be kept up on.
Newbie & younger FindAGrave members aside, there are more of us Boomers retiring with time to dedicate to genealogy and actually traveling around, stopping to visit and photograph cemeteries...MANY times we'll discover there're already pictures on memorials we INTENDED to either make or add to...but we also take and exchange pictures to help our old-fogey networks fulfill requests far away from themselves so our foot/finger/brain exercises are not all for naught.
Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done. Oak Hill in DC used to not allow pictures or much record sharing, but is now pretty complete...YAY to whomever was able to supply this good deed! Maybe some of you with button cameras and smartphones can start furtively snapping up & down the rows of Mount Olivet in DC, Rosehill in Chicago...and I'm sure others...that still do not cooperate with picture-taking.
Back in the '90s, my husband and I proof-read a couple books John Taylor was writing on Civil War battles in New Mexico, and he gave us copies of said publications. What irony that I have lately been able to compare the included casualty lists to burial records and named markers in Santa Fe National to give identities back to many UNKNOWN U.S. SOLDIERs there ~ currently working on Valverde battle of 21FEB1862 when the fallen were buried at Fort Craig, which was then the largest military community in New Mexico, but mostly transferred to Sections D&J of the Santa Fe cemetery in 1876. Projects like this can be done via the Internet without having to physically travel...yes, I'll try to add Confederate soldiers as well.
ANY information on privately-owned and defunct burial places is still ALWAYS appreciated by those seeking the trails of their ancestors...are they still there lying unmarked and disrespected? Were they moved elsewhere? Are they by other family and/or friends?
Those who are willing and able: the little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I myself have encountered snakes and Black Widow spiders...and been told creepy tales about the LIVING I might encounter. Which reminds me I did visit one cemetery that had a homeless? person living in it...not there, but I did not want to bother his? belongings.
You many kind, prolific contributors might try to add more links...the linking function was NOT allowed/available on FindAGrave until the last few years...of families whose memorials you manage. I'd be glad to help with the research part however I'm able.
Thank you all for helping and understanding each other.
Other Less-Important Stuff:
COMMENTS ON MESSAGES TO ME ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES, INCLUDING FindAGrave's OWN rules and regulations, found here ~ FindAGrave FAQs ~ which admonish, among else: >> ONLY post photos for which YOU hold the copyright (meaning photos you took)!!!
The copyright of all photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original submitter. No use of photos for any other website or personal use is given without prior consent of the original submitter.
No photos taken from any website, including Find A Grave!!! <<
You can use pictures I've taken and posted on this site in your online family trees by making a connective link to the original and/or including "© FindAGrave member #46897564"; none may be sold and/or exchanged for any type of payment.
Oppositely, do not ask me to add biographies and/or obituaries to memorials I have made unless you own the copyrights for same.
My Reasons for Being on FindAGrave:
I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist with 8 Purple Hearts, for several years until he died while my husband ~ who, BTW, hates cemeteries and has much more important things to do, like saving the lives of over 3000 people striving for a mid-east democracy, than be on FindAGrave ~ was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point military ancestors ~ our own 28+ RevWar Patriots and others God lays on my heart.
So, at the onset in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing Major James Powell, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007. This long walk still being shared with living and non-bodied souls is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers."
My biggest peeve in research was seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting FLOWERS to their memories, and alas, I still have two maiden names in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up. May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!
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I'll (we'll) always be the first to admit that "imitation is the truest form of flattery" where you are concerned because I was lucky to "meet" you in the start and be able to try to copy the way you take pictures that shows you care about what you are doing. And now to also pick up on the honor of doing research for "unknowns" -- military or otherwise with identities lost.
Oh, yes, respectful for the dead and good for the living to have the support of a liv/loving "other." We both thank you and say hello.
Thank you so much for the information about the childrens section of this cemetery.
|Margaret C Cowles||memorial #114512861|
Thanks for the very clear & in focus photo. It's appreciated. I've asked the other person to please delete their fuzzy one, but I see many many others have asked for his/her help over & over...so there's probably no hope!
|Allen Monasmith||Thomas C. LeSuer|
Thank you very much for the photos.
|Jackie M. Isham, Sr.||Jack and Nargaret Stevens|
Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to take photos of my aunt ancle headstone. Thank you for your hard work you do.
|Bob Orr||Mt. Calvary Cem.|
Thanks for the two tombstone photo of Bert Francis & Mary Elizabeth (Krumpelman" Robinson. Nice photos!
Added by Bob Orr on Mar 05, 2014 5:07 PM
|Ana Pedersen Unum||Theodore Pedersen|
Thank you so much for finding and photographing my uncle's grave- (so quickly too) and allowing some closure for my family.
Thanks for the nice photo of Quincy Bess' plaque. As a volunteer photographer myself, I know what the photos involve and I appreciate your effort!!
Added by Deb on Mar 02, 2014 11:11 AM
|Elyse Hardin||Heggem photos|
Thank you for posting John and Ruth Heggem's photos. These are great Thx!
|Elyse Hardin||Heggem photo|
Thank you for posting the photos for Heggem baby. So happy to find him !! Thx!
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