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Tim & Grace (#46907821)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.

This new edit system is pretty good. It makes it possible to edit memorials belonging to "Fallen Gravers" , whether they be deceased or just gave up. the problem though is that since memorials now show up as "hints" on, many novices are submitting edits based on unverified sources. It takes time to verify edits when they are submitted. It would be great if source information could be attached to the edit request. In the meantime, it would be helpful if people could submit edit "other" with source documentation along with the edit.
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Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.

I will [Transfer] memorials.
I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...

If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.

I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.

I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.

Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did.
Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone.
When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.

By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!

Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!

"Live Long and Prosper!" V/,
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Connie Lagasse Russell
Memorial# 121512750
Hi can either "temporarily" add the newspaper clipping to Hector Gauthier's memorial and once I've transcribed it I'll let you know so that you can delete it or even easier you can email it to me and I'll transcribe it from my email...that would be less work for you and not an issue for Find A Grave to have a newspaper clipping on a memorial.

I don't get to the Lewiston Library very often but there are so many obituaries that aren't available on line. I'm sure you've noticed on my memorials "Obit N/A on line"...if I don't add that information I find myself looking for obituaries more than once.

Thanks for the's very much appreciated.
Added by Connie Lagasse Russell on Feb 07, 2016 3:19 PM
Linda Claxton
RE: Dr. George Martin Sanger
You've created a wonderful memorial for Dr Sanger including your personal touches, very nice tribute! Leaving flowers was the least I could do =]

Added by Linda Claxton on Jan 31, 2016 12:27 AM
Linda Claxton
RE: Dr. George Martin Sanger
So very glad you were able to find is location since all the information I could provide was where he wasn't. You will always be connected in a very special way to the beach on Coronado. Maybe you could post a photo from your trip to the beach on his memorial =]

Added by Linda Claxton on Jan 25, 2016 6:47 PM
Gerald Whelpley
Maria Chase 1828-1864 FAG #74901269
Tim, on the Find A Grave memorial you have Maria's parents listed as Solon and Otho Chase. According to the book "Seven Generations of the descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase" Maria's parents are Issac Chase 1791-1864 and Eunice Chase 1796-1837. Solon Chase 1822-1909 and Otho Chase 1825-1907 are her brothers.

JerryW n Az
Added by Gerald Whelpley on Jan 20, 2016 10:11 AM
Harriet Amadon
Thanks for the links to her 'rents. Live long and prosper!
Added by Ryan-O on Jan 18, 2016 11:35 AM
George Daigneault transfer
Hi Tim,

Absolutely no problem transferring. Did you want his wife as well?

Added by Anne on Jan 17, 2016 12:53 PM
JP Fortin
John Edward Sutton Memorial# 115835680

Thank you for the information. Find A Grave does allow for "memorials" to be used as well as actual grave locations. If you would like to build a "grave" memorial for my cousin, you are more than welcome. I have noted now, on my memorial, the actual location of his burial.

Thank you for your time!

Best wishes,

JP Fortin
Added by JP Fortin on Jan 07, 2016 12:24 PM
RE: Cynthia Kendrick Ryder in Oak Grove Cemetery
Hello Tim,
I know Cynthia was interred in the same lot with her daughter, Lucinda Southwick, son-in-law, Henry, and a grandson, Charles T. I don't have a "plot shot" but could get a photo easily enough on a sunny morning. I live about 15 minutes away from the cemetery. The epitaph is pretty worn and there's a lot of glue from sloppily done repair work. I'm not sure if it could be read. The entire cemetery has suffered greatly from vandalism. I think the best I can do is get you a "plot shot", then pull the plot card at the New Bedford cemetery office. I should put up the section/lot info anyway.
Added by J.Bosworth on Jan 04, 2016 2:00 PM
Cynthia (Kendrick) Ryder
Thanks! All set.

BTW, love your bio. I totally agree! Janet
Added by J.Bosworth on Jan 04, 2016 11:35 AM
John Glassford
Abigail "Abba" Godfrey Copeland
re: # 143593738

LOL!! "Abb" is all set now.

Happy Graving (in the snow),
Added by John Glassford on Dec 31, 2015 4:08 PM
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