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Michael (#47019133)
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Bio Photo I started walking cemeteries in early 2012, though I have had a find-a-grave account for quite a while. Never considered it might get to be such a gripping hobby.

I take photos. What else can I say...walk, stop, snap a pic...keep walking. Pretty much wraps up what I do. I never planned on creating and managing memorials. I printed lists of ones others had made that needed photos. Filling an empty memorial with an image was just the start. Finally I just started taking a picture of every last stone I could find ('mowing the rows' is what they call it) and then make sure each and every name is memorialized on this website.

I will gladly transfer anyone that is not related to me (that is about 99% of them)...just let me know how YOU are related. It also means I send a lot of notes if the info on a page is in err...or if there is another name on a stone that the manager may want to add as well.

Cemeteries Worked :

::Hamilton County, IA::

Bethany - Completed
Blairsburg - Completed
Calvary - Completed
Cass - Completed
Evergreen, Jewell - In Process
First Presbyterian, Kamrar - Completed
Graceland - In Process
::Completed Sections in Graceland ::
::::Section 7
::::Section 8
::::Section 9
::::Section 10
::::Section 18
::::Section 20
::::Section 21
::::Section 22
::::Section 23
::::Section 25
::::Section 26
::::Section 27
::::Section 29
::::Section 32A
Homewood - Completed
Liberty - Completed
Rose Grove - Completed
Saratoga - Completed
St Mary's - Completed
Williams - Completed

::Hardin County, IA::

Alden - In Process
::Completed Sections in Alden ::
::::Section 1
::::Section 2
::::Section 3
::::Section 4
::::Section 5 - Photographed
::::Section 6 - Being Photographed
Buckeye - Complete

:: Tama County

Crystal Twp Cemetery - Partial

::Webster County, IA::

Blanchard - Complete
Washington Twp Cemetery, Duncombe - In Process

::Wright County, IA::

French Church - Complete
Rose Hill - In Process

::Lynden, WA::

Monumenta - Partial
Lynden Cemetery - Partial
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Janice Peay
Additional Holt transfers

Thank you for the many Holt transfers. I've been adding to them, and hope to make them so they are more helpful to others.

Thanks for creating them in the first place, and for the photos you've added as well.

Added by Janice Peay on Sep 19, 2014 12:27 AM
Janice Peay
Holt transfers

Thank you for the transfer of Byron and Ludie Holt. I'll take good care of them!

Added by Janice Peay on Sep 16, 2014 3:18 PM
RE: Photos of CADY headstones
I can't thank you enough Michael and as I have time, I might be adding edit requests to list parents, spouses and siblings in the findagrave memorials that you created.
By the way, maybe with your expertise around cemeteries especially in Iowa, I ran across a military headstone application record on Ancestry for Joe L Cady Jr (son of Joseph L Cady 1878-1953 and Sarah J Sadie Hupp 1883-1962) born 1918 who died at the Battle of the Bulge --a flat granite marker that is suppose to be at Williams Cemetery--I put in a photo request on findagrave--Have you run into it? I noticed on your profile that you had photographed Williams Cemetery--maybe it was not installed? I have not a clue how it works...I can send you a copy of the record if can help in case you might see something on it that indicates it is at a different cemetery. Thank you again. Sincerely, Kim rkclove
Added by rkclove on Sep 15, 2014 7:51 PM
Photos of CADY headstones
Hi Michael, I would like your permission to use the photos you have taken of the Cady surname headstones (mostly at Williams Cemetery but there are a few at other Iowa cemeteries) to be added to my private trees. Of course, I will note that you are the photographer. Lemuel L Cady 1843-1891 at Williams Cemetery would be my daughter's 3rd great grandfather(my mother-in-laws great grandfather) and of course most of the other Cady's are his descendants. Thank you too for creating all the findagrave memorials! It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Kim rkclove
Added by rkclove on Sep 15, 2014 7:21 PM
Baby Girl Bailey
Thanks for taking the picture and now for linking the family. Not related to family but have known them for 35 years. Mother of baby girl always wanted to go there to find the grave, but never got there. She is gone now, but I wanted to link them together, out of respect for the parents.
Added by SandyR on Aug 21, 2014 4:49 PM
Theresa Caudillo
Correction for David S Darnell
Hi Michael, several months ago I had sent you a message regarding David name. His middle name is Scott not Samuel as a lot of people believe. I have a copy of his name from marriage license, family bible, census etc. I have sent a request for a correction. Could you please make the correction also. Thank you

Added by Theresa Caudillo on Aug 14, 2014 10:29 PM
Grave marker photo request
Dear Micheal, Some time back, you posted a photo of the grave marker of my cousin, Byron Othello Osborn(62779977). I just made a memorial for his wife, Gertrude J.Osborn(134344856). Would it be possible for you to add photos of her grave marker to her memorial? I would certainly appreciate your help with this. I am in Ponca City, Oklahoma and I just can't get up there to take it myself. If you can't, please let me know. Thank you so very much. Monty Williams.
Added by mtw on Aug 14, 2014 6:20 PM
Douglas Kirk Sorensen
re Jacob Fagervik
Hi Michael - To answer your question - I'm not related to Jacob. If I can help you let me know. Sincerely - Doug Sorensen
Added by Douglas Kirk Sorensen on Aug 06, 2014 7:52 PM
Douglas Kirk Sorensen
suggestion re
suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for Jacob Fagervik.
Link to memorial:
Link to contributor profile:
Email address of contributor:

Their suggestion:
Are you related?
Because I have a memorial for Jacob's brother and if you are a relative I can transfer it to you.

Let me know
Added by Douglas Kirk Sorensen on Aug 06, 2014 7:50 PM
Pam Wagler
photo permission
Michael - First of all, thank you for the amazing amount of work you have put forth. I'm in awe!

May I have permission to copy the headstones of:
#97732557 Anna Lillian Davis Wood and her husband: Louis B. Wood #97732536
Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, Iowa?

Again, thank you for your work.

Pam Wagler
Added by Pam Wagler on Jul 29, 2014 8:32 PM
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