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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87% (41,270)

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

It's not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family members.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Becky
DePaoli Memorials
Thank you so much for the correct information.
Much appreciated.
Becky
Added by Becky on Apr 30, 2015 12:23 PM
Leanne
RE: Tait, Rohrer, Cowan
Didn't mean to overwhelm you! So sorry....sometimes I get like a dog chasing a bone when I can't figure out history facts / relationships. I was trying to see if another Margaret E. Tait was this same one. It took me until later today to finally make the connection that they were one in the same.

I am not related that I have proven yet - but always happy to take over a memorial if you want to transfer it. My father was a Tait and his family was so fractured that I am looking for possibly family connections with other Taits.

Leanne
Added by Leanne on Apr 29, 2015 1:42 AM
Emily
Rovers
Thank you very much for updating their memorials.
Emily
Added by Emily on Apr 19, 2015 11:30 AM
Paul Everitt
RE: Emily Gerger
Thanks for the tip. I reported problem as duplicate memorial, removed request, and suggested edits be sent to incorporate additional info.
Added by Paul Everitt on Apr 13, 2015 7:24 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
RE: Stinson
Bonita
OK.
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Apr 08, 2015 3:19 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Stinson
Please link James and Hazel.
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Apr 08, 2015 3:19 AM
Mr. Jean Coston
James J & Hazel M. Stinson
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Apr 08, 2015 3:15 AM
Celesta A. Eustice
William Joseph Renaud
Thank you so much for taking the time to find this tombstone and providing the extra information about it. I appreciate all the efforts that you make to recording history, etc.
Celesta Eustice
Added by Celesta A. Eustice on Apr 02, 2015 9:27 PM
Frank Patnaude
Transfers
Bonita

Thank you for the transfers of Jenny and George
Zulkosky

Frank
47148250
Added by Frank Patnaude on Mar 29, 2015 9:36 AM
Mark Goniwiecha
Alfredo Taijito Terlaje (#119152395)
Dear Bonita Olmer (#46798970),

Thanks a lot for the photo of the gravestone of Alfredo Taijito Terlaje (#119152395).

Yes, Taijito is actually Alfredo Terlaje’s mother’s maiden name—please refer to the newspaper memorial included in the memorial.

Traditional Chamorro society was matriarchal in nature. Typically, on Guam and in the Northern Mariana Islands, and even in the Philippines, both women and men use the mother's maiden name as a middle name.

I like what you say in your findagrave.com biographical sketch. Yes—photographs are an important component of the historical record—especially in the islands, where humidity, insects, vermin, earthquakes, typhoons and other calamities can wipe out records overnight.

I am a retired university professor. I actually lost all of my publications, press clippings, photographs, prayer cards, obituaries and other mementos which I clipped and saved for more than 40 years in portfolio binders.

I was able to reconstruct many of my important papers, historical family photos, mementos and souvenirs be searching my old email messages, by searching the internet and university and library web sites, and from one sister and one aunt who were able to scan and send me a lot of materials—many of which are now digitized and accessible publicly in findagrave.com!

OK—keep on researching and photographing!

Sincerely,

Mark Goniwiecha (#48174852)
Added by Mark Goniwiecha on Mar 23, 2015 2:54 AM
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