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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.

REUNITING FAMILIES ON FINDAGRAVE
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 ancestry.com that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to ancestry.com, 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...

TEAMWORK TRANSFERS
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.

UNKNOWN BURIAL LOCATIONS
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.

VIRTUAL CEMETERIES
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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Bonnie Kies
Memorial# 64149654
this is Francis Mom link I was wondering if you Idea what happened to him. The last census I have for him is 1920 at 70yrs old. would think he has a stone somewhere. In 1920 he was living in Buckfield Oxford Me. Thanks Bonnie :) Been a while hope everyone is fine. :)
Added by Bonnie Kies on Jul 19, 2014 10:48 AM
sarah geary
RE: Percy Greenleaf Smith relatives
Yes, that would be fine.
Thank you for all your time and research.
Sarah Geary
Added by sarah geary on Jul 17, 2014 5:05 PM
Beth Hurd
RE: Berry burials in Warwick, Rhode Island
Hi, Tim -
let me know if you'd like me to transfer these memorials to you - they are no relation to me.

Beth Hurd
Johnston, Rhode Island
Added by Beth Hurd on Jul 16, 2014 5:31 PM
24th Infantry Division TAPS
Leo F Jones
Thanks for the photos
Added by 24th Infantry Division TA... on Jul 07, 2014 5:43 PM
Rob Hoyt
Joseph A Hoyt
Wow! Thanks for posting those! I think last we talked you said you'd do it, but I don't recall hearing again. Thanks to you, I'll be headed up there on Sunday to see it in person!
Some info for you: His dad, Peter, was born 11 Feb 1806. His mom was Susannah (Davis) Morang. (Peter had been previously married to Sarah (Moody) Morang who died before Joseph A was born.)
Joseph's spouses were: Mary A. (Moody) Morang married January 1, 1853 to November 9, 1853 in Chelsea, Kennebec, Maine. Hannah F. (Moody) Preble married October 7, 1855 Chelsea, Kennebec, Maine. Then, to my ancestor, Annie Christine (Chamberlain) Clark married July 10, 1866 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Annie and he divorced, and she married a Henry Clark.
So, THEN, there's another wife shown on the 1880 census, Idella b. abt. 1853. Is there an Idella Hoyt in that cemetery?
Added by Rob Hoyt on Jul 05, 2014 12:50 AM
oldwolf600
PHOTOS, PHOTOS, Togus
Thanks again for many photos. Fred Stone, Jose Amdo, Pater Bagdasarian, John Burns, Charles Burpee, Joseph Cady Patrick Caine, William Cargill. Cpl John Boss, 1LT James Carroll, Harland Garby, AND Clarence Oakes (not Cakes). THANKS.
Added by oldwolf600 on Jul 02, 2014 10:33 AM
Toby and Kate
Marjory Cooper
Hi Tim..
Made the corrections and added some to the baby's memorial.
Thanks for bringing that to my attention
Kate Ramsey
Added by Toby and Kate on Jun 27, 2014 12:07 PM
Suzanne Lombardo
Maple cemetery, Winthrop, ME
Hi Tim & Grace,
I found my ancestor's grave on this site, many thanks to you. I was wondering if you go to Maple Cemetery in Winthrop again if you could check for her husband's grave. Dr. James Tupper, d. 1819 in Winthrop. Please let me know if this is possible. Thank you!
Added by Suzanne Lombardo on Jun 27, 2014 11:39 AM
caching hound
Ara Adams 102981390
Hello, I have confirmed with the cemetery office that Ara Adams does not have a head stone. Would you like a picture of where Ara is buried?
-Heidi
Caching hound
Added by caching hound on Jun 26, 2014 9:58 AM
Anne
RE: STONE stones in Saint Elizabeths Cemetery
Hi Tim,

You are welcome for the photos. St Elizabeth is the only Catholic cemetery in Lyndon/Lyndonville.
Lyndon Center is the other cemetery.

I can tell you that having photographed St Elizabeth I can only find that one Stone surname headstone.

I have gone through my records for Lyndon Center and have added the Stones that I have there. No John though.

I will keep an eye out for them though!

Anne
Added by Anne on Jun 19, 2014 5:30 PM
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