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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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BETTY BANNERMAN
Palmer Rd. Cemetery
btw, the Palmer Rd. Cemetery is also known as the Clark Cemetery (many Clarks buried there). Also if you look on the website for the Palmer Rd. Cemetery it says aka Riverside Cemetery which is another cemetery a few miles away.
Betty B
Added by BETTY BANNERMAN on Aug 28, 2015 5:43 PM
BETTY BANNERMAN
RE: Philena A. Groves Downs
Hi,
I found Nancy & her husband Abraham on the back of the stone for Wesley Lawrence and his wife Elizabeth Garcelon so I figured she had to be there somewhere. Will try for Philena again. I did find William Downs.
Betty
Added by BETTY BANNERMAN on Aug 28, 2015 5:40 PM
BETTY BANNERMAN
Philena A. Groves Downs
I was at the Palmer Cemetery a couple days ago looking for a couple of headstones. I tried to find this one but could not. I have to go back again at some point and will try again.
Betty B
Added by BETTY BANNERMAN on Aug 27, 2015 3:53 PM
BJWeir
Daniel W. Thomas & Sailors' Snug Harbor
I noticed that you had created a nice memorial for Daniel Thomas, who is interred at the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery. Are you a descendant of Daniel? I'm also a descendant of a mariner who resided at Sailors' Snug Harbor and is interred at the SSH Cemetery. If you are interested in more information about recent efforts regarding the status of SSH Cemetery and the SSH Records, you can contact me at the email address listed on my member name profile.
Added by BJWeir on Aug 26, 2015 10:23 PM
ParkerMoulton
Bonney Cemetery, Turner ME
Hi Tim, Many thanks for the beautiful cemetery photo on the Find A Grave memorial for my 5th great grandfather, Joshua Keene (1730-1823), which I just learned about today. Giving you full credit, would it be possible for me to use the photo in my Parker and Craig Family tree on ancestry.com as part of my information about Joshua Keene? BTW I recently discovered that both Joshua's parents, Nathaniel Keene and Thankful Winslow, descended from two different branches of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren's family,throug two of Richard's daughters, Abigail Warren Snow for Thankful and Anna Warren Little for Nathaniel. Thank you for considering my request. With best wishes.
Added by ParkerMoulton on Aug 22, 2015 4:51 PM
LynnS
RE: Photos in Oakwood Cemetery in Anoka
Hi Tim,
The lighting was pretty good today at the cemetery, so I managed to get some headstone and plot shots of those you had requested. I was unable to find a GAR marker for Henry Emery, neither directly at the plot nor in the GAR section. Also Henry, Harriet and John are on the three faces of the monument as you said; the fourth side is blank. There are some small unmarked (worn) markers in the plot; perhaps Lyman Emery belongs with one of those. Also, as you can see in the plot photo, there is a small marker resting up against the Emery monument. The top reads: A__IE
For reference, the Kelsey family is in Block 9, Lot 7.
I took two photos of the old cemetery records at the Anoka history center today for those two plots. Would you like me to email those to you?
Lynn
Added by LynnS on Aug 21, 2015 4:43 PM
LynnS
RE: Oakwood Cemetery in Anoka
Hi Tim. I'll work on your requests this weekend, weather permitting.
Lynn
Added by LynnS on Aug 21, 2015 11:47 AM
Dominique Potier
Lincoln S Sennett # 121468827
Thanks for your picture . I can't tell if he was an Airborne during the WW2 ... if one day you find his obit or more info could you contact me ?

Thanks

Domi
Added by Dominique Potier on Aug 18, 2015 2:47 AM
Donna (Strout) Sakaske
Walter Strout
Tim & Grace,

Thank you so much for the photo of Walter's memorial. I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Donna
Added by Donna (Strout) Sakaske on Aug 17, 2015 2:25 PM
Ralph Gowen
Angie Hodsdon
thank you for taking the time to find and photograph her headstone!

Ralph
Added by Ralph Gowen on Aug 15, 2015 7:39 AM
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