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Deborah Rudy (#47416386)
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Bio Photo I saw my aunt spend more than 2 decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's simply wonderful now to be able to do so much ancestor research online, thanks in part to Find A Grave VOLUNTEERS!

I'm tracing my paternal line, which is presenting so many challenges. They traveled from northern Switzerland to PA in the early 1700's and their records and graves are well hidden by the passage of time. When I do find their kin, I know I will want to see photos of their graves, to glean data and leads, and will need help from Find A Grave photo volunteers. So, in return, I am happy to help fulfill requests for photos of your ancestors headstones in my hometown cemeteries or nearby.

I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo. So I am adding as many headstone photos as I can to already posted, memorials from cemeteries in my hometown from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's that have no photo.

I work from actual headstones, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, town records, historical county records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records and Federal mortality schedules. Every fact for any photo or memorial I post has been researched. So if you send me an edit, please also cite the source of the edit information.

On the memorials of local graves that I add, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of local headstones.

If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding my long lost PA. Shaffer pre-1860 kinfolk, their first names, and their burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.

Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve the past.
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Robert Viguers
RE: Preston Miller
About Preston Miller---it's just not that important just now, I've been busy, wife has chemo or other treatments for her cancer, I run her to wherever she must go and now although I feel fine with no aches or pains have been told I have lung cancer so all our time goes to keeping doctors gainfully employed!
Dr. asked me how I feel and I answered I feel fine but I'm sure you will fix that! Thanks for the offer! Bob
Added by Robert Viguers on Jul 26, 2014 10:35 AM
James Clair
Cleaning up bios
Deborah, Sorry for the confusing way I put it. When I started over 10 years ago I would put WO wife of, HO husband of, SO son of and so on. Now we can link spouses and children to the memorial. In order to have a cleaner memorial I am reworking the bios. So glad you are doing your Rudy thing. I will continue to work on my wifes Rudy line as well as try to update "Rudys of Gods House" Chapter 5. Bunch of mistakes and additions. So what is your line?. Jim
Added by James Clair on Jul 24, 2014 7:35 PM
RE: Schoffstall
Thank you bunches for the correction. I corrected the error and he is now in the proper cemetery. Must have been one of those days that I was doing 20 million things at once and that got mismatched with the wrong person.
Added by Imhoff on Jul 23, 2014 8:13 PM
James Clair
Rudy Family
Deborah, I am in the process of updating Chapter 5 of "Rudys of God's House" by William Wingeard. For whatever reason I do not have you in my database. Please email me your line. My wife Sandra (Sandy) is a Rudy born in Harrisburg of Gordon Iru Rudy and Freda Lawson. Most important thank you for what you have done at Find A Grave. If I might make a suggestion. Clean up the bio section. With the auto edit that Find A Grave has now parents and children are being added by Find A Grave and not the person who maintains the memorial. I myself have started cleaning up the bio section of my memorials and have a great deal of work to do. Slow but sure. I have also had to contact edit@findagrave because of things that they changed and had it changed back. Just a suggestion and comment.
Added by James Clair on Jul 23, 2014 3:42 AM
edward smith
Thank you very much for the photo Deborah!
Added by edward smith on Jul 20, 2014 5:15 AM
Peter Potteicher
Thank you for the lovely photo, it looks good.
Added by Gloria on Jul 20, 2014 5:07 AM
RE: Snodgrass
Thanks, Deborah! I have read it, and although I found it very interesting, unfortunately it wasn't very illuminating. Oh well, I'll just keep digging!
Added by FxAndrew on Jul 12, 2014 12:00 AM
William Clark
Most of the Treasurers of the United States are designated as famous, including William Clark. The first woman treasurer (who is buried near my home) is not, however, even though I think all of the Treasurers should be. I have a virtual cemetery of the Treasurers of the United States ( and almost all of them have photographs of their markers. I'm hoping to get photos posted for those that are lacking them.
Added by DSH on Jul 09, 2014 10:27 PM
Samuel Nutt, mem. 120766953
Thank you so much for placing a much better picture of Samuel Nutt's gravestone on my memorial for him #120766953. The picture I took was so bad that I have deleted it from the memorial. I live in Michigan - not too close to St. Albans Me. - so I couldn't get back there to take a better picture myself. I'm so glad you did.
Donald Nutt
Find A Grave member # 47623402
Added by D&PNutt on Jul 03, 2014 6:30 PM
Cheryl Miller
RE: Goodwins
Gosh!!! Thank you soooo much! Would love to copy to my tree on Ancestry.. Please let me know if that is okay with you. I have a private tree :)

Added by Cheryl Miller on Jul 02, 2014 10:30 PM
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