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MWarner (#47788926)
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Bio Photo Thieves Steal $100,000 worth of Bronze from Cemetery
I read a lot of this theft now. This happened to my gg grandparents.

I work very hard on my research (over 90,000) ancestors) & until now have been generous in handing out edit updates. I am tired of feeling used by memorial managers who don't do their own research. I no longer send edit updates to 1) FAG memorial owners who require people to get permission to use their photos. If my data is freely given, so should photos. 2) FAG memorials who strictly follow the FAG transfer rules. People who do not research their own memorials don't transfer - just take and I don't support this. 3) FAG memorials with owners who remove the ability of people to make comments on the comment page. If so many people write nasty comments that comments are disabled, it raises flags about the memorial owner

I started my family research journey in 2010 - quickly hitting the same information dead end walls all others encountered as no one had really researched the Warner family before. Also ran into dead ends in the Radel;Udell; McLean;Sayles; Madson;Decker;Quick;Handy;;Anderson=too many to list. My family - as all families - have those dreaded dead ends where information just stops.

Quitting wasn't an option. So, I worked almost 24/7 7 days a week and spent over $5000 on death, birth and marriage certificates to confirm/verify relatives and on numerous on-line ancestry subscriptions from USA; International;;;3fold...too many to count - all adding up in expense but each yielding some vital bit of information that broke down those information dead ends. These death certs were not found anywhere on the internet as there are several sites that provide death certs for free including familysearch...etc.

I poured over thousands of cemetery lists and contacted via email/phone/snail mail thousands of funeral homes and cemetery managers-anyone who might offer a lead or verify information and followed-up if they didn't respond. (keep info on excel spreadsheet) I advertised jobs and paid people in other states to get obituary copies in a library who didn't offer copy services and who didn't have that obituary posted anywhere on-line or paid libraries and other services to copy obituaries that could not be found anywhere on Internet. I then posted those obits on FAG/internet sites so available to public. Until someone posts it on, FAG or some other public website and/or links the names together correctly, it is NOT there to find. So your "finding' it on the internet was not the "real" research. It was the person who did the work to find it in a library or book or paid for it or had it in their family bibles and who posted it to the internet for you to find. I purchased ancestry books - the cost of which adds up and spent hundred of hours reading free ebook ancestry books searching for any elusive nugget of ancestry information.

I googled (use duckduckgo, google and Ixquick search engines also) names and went through not just 1st page google search but back 2-5 pages...looking for any elusive bit of information that might be under a misspelled surname etc. Exhausting. Dull. Work.

I pour over thousands of old city/town tax records looking for relatives and for "current" property owners of land on which an old cemetery is located which has ancestors buried in it and requested a headstone photo. I send thousands of emails to schools, college history departments, genealogy and veteran organizations, anyone who might be interested...the FAG REQUEST PHOTO website link of a cemetery (with my ancestors in it) in their specific town/city ...asking if they would take even one headstone photo;take it on as a history project;challenge them to post their ancestor or veteran photos and to forward my email FAG Photo Requests to anyone who might be interested. It worked.

Although my ancestry tree is private due to having too many death certs on it...I posted a ton of information on FAG and sent out edit updates to thousands of other FAG member memorials to help get our family ancestry out.

It is 2015 now..and I still work every day at least 8 hours a day on family research on my ever expanding mostly "fully researched" over 82,351 member tree. Fully researched means DOD/DOD/spouse/all children/cemetery and last a photo of the headstone (if not cremated)

I salute all family researchers - it is hard tedious work to break though dead ends but so rewarding when it happens.

TIP 1: Buy death certificate-Majority time,it tells you where person buried/cremated,verifies parents & gives address/name of person who signed it. Sometimes only way. Buy from COUNTY-not state &NEVER buy VitalChek. Google county person died in & death certificate. Price range is $5-$20 and toss in a self addressed stamped envelop. NOTE: Buy your grandparents 1/2/3/4/5 all of find out your health history as cause of death is normally on a death certificate.

TIP 2: Ignore's suggestion of leaving maiden name blank if unknown. ALWAYS put husband's surname BUT make it small letters. EX: If Susan married to Allen Jones...then make Susan's last name jones (NOT Jones) until her maiden name known. If hints show a father for Susan as Tom know he is NOT her father because non-capitalized j in jones means her husband's surname. Having jones as her last name helps computer match to correct Susan.

TIP 3: Do NOT give up. I did this alone as none of my family on either side was interested (once I tracked some down) & the 1 who was interested was as clueless as me as to family history. I knew only my father's parents names (but not grandmother's maiden name) & maternal grandparent names. I never met my dad's father & didn't know my father had so many siblings. Those siblings I tracked down didn't know where their own father/mother were buried (my grandparents). If I can start from this point, so can you.

TIP 4:Birthday Calculator

Tip 5:Contribute NEW information-don't just copy other people's work - leeches are why communism/socialism always fails. More takers than contributors. Roll up sleeves/open wallet and work.

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Anonymous IV
Joseph Dustin photo request
I found a marker with the name "Dustin J. St. Charles" the area of the plot you listed. The death year also matched. Might this be the person you are looking for?
Added by Anonymous IV on Jul 05, 2015 7:51 PM
Margaret Klug
Hi, I just sent an email to you regarding her memorial. Thank you. bhd
Added by bhd on Jun 27, 2015 7:09 AM
Shellie Barclay
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 23727166
I have further clarified why I put the family headstone picture on John M. Start.s "find a grave" and I accept your apology for being rude in assuming that no one but you knows how to volunteer for find a grave picture taking. Shellie Barclay
Added by Shellie Barclay on Jun 23, 2015 7:38 PM
claire a
Allen Shea
47290586 This is my number for Allen Shea transfer, Thanks Claire
Added by claire a on Jun 23, 2015 4:41 PM
claire a
Hello, Just another note to request a transfer of my uncle to maintain his Find A Grave, Allen Shea, 135972361, White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst NY. Please, thank you Claire
Added by claire a on Jun 14, 2015 6:30 PM
Barbara Wolf
Charles Squires, Cosperville
I see that you just created a memorial for this man in March. I have searched the cemetery records and checked the library records and can find no record of this person. Can you tell me where you got this info? Thank you
Added by Barbara Wolf on Jun 14, 2015 9:51 AM
George Cahoon, Oakwood Muskegon
Could this be Oakwood-Holton ? thanks
Added by butterfly on Jun 07, 2015 8:15 AM
Catherine Martin West
Catherine was my gr-gr-grandmother. Unless you are descended from her, I would appreciate managing her grave site myself. Thank you.
Added by Dixons on May 29, 2015 1:56 PM
Evelyn Linger Thorn
Henry Hinzman
I am not sure what the middle name of Henry Hinzman was. I have his memorial in the Hinzman Hill/Bonnett Cemetery in Lewis County, West Virginia however some entries I have run across make me wonder if he may have gone to Iowa along with his son, Perry. Any and all information is appreciated.
Added by Evelyn Linger Thorn on May 27, 2015 6:27 PM
Mary Quick Davis #140351834
Would you please remove the Death Certificate from the memorial. I went to cemetery to fulfill your photo request and need room to post the close-up photo of DOD. Thank you.
Added by Debra on May 23, 2015 2:50 PM
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