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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.

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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Gail Kelly
RE: John Richardson & Patty Everett in Readfield Corner Cemetery
Hi Tim,
Glad to do it. And those number 4's drive me crazy sometimes....they seem to be the ones that fade for some reason.
Added by Gail Kelly on Nov 23, 2015 12:47 PM
RE: Carmel Maine Funeral Records at Maine State Library
Hi Tim & Grace,
The "Clark Cemetery" & the "Palmer Road Cemetery" are the same. There are a bunch of Clarks buried there. I know where her sisters Nancy (wife of Abraham ?) and Elizabeth Garcelon are buried. It is one big stone with Nancy on one side and Elizabeth on the other. Very few of the rest of the graves in that plot are marked.
Happy Turkeyday,
Betty B
Added by BETTY BANNERMAN on Nov 22, 2015 11:24 AM
RE: Weir, Adele (Pierson) Malden 1925 v.32 p.210
WEIR, BERNADETTE A. is the owner of that Lot.
perhaps that info helps you.

I my self am a VietNam Vet, Tonkin Gulf Navy 1965-1968. I do appreciate all you have done as well.
Added by BobBoston on Nov 20, 2015 11:35 AM
RE: 1943, not 1913
Celebrate Volunteerism.
Added by BobBoston on Nov 20, 2015 6:59 AM
RE: Sturtevant - Foster
You set a good example for the rest of us! And likewise if there are any more you would like...
Added by Eliz on Nov 20, 2015 6:21 AM
Savage Family Transfers (Crown Hill Cemetery)
Hello Tim,

Per your requests I have transferred both Emma Savage’s memorials. There is also a child buried with them which I have transferred as well. There is no name for the child except for the inscription of “Baby Savage”.

Added by Michael on Nov 18, 2015 10:09 AM
Sturtevant / Foster
Thanks for the trade!!! ❤️
Added by Eliz on Nov 17, 2015 1:22 PM
Jack Davison
48439129 Frank Slattery
Typo - there were 855 graduates in the class of 1954
Added by Jack Davison on Nov 08, 2015 10:56 AM
Jack Davison
48439129 Frank Slattery
Frank graduated With Distinction in the class of 1954 and stood 65th in a class of 755.
Added by Jack Davison on Nov 08, 2015 10:53 AM
Jack Davison
48439129 Frank Slattery
The nickname "Slats" from the Abby and Slats comic strip popped into my head but I never heard him called that.
Added by Jack Davison on Nov 07, 2015 10:33 AM
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