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Rebecca McIntosh (#48241877)
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Bio Photo My husband Robert is my partner in this. We are focused on helping others grow their family trees and photographing cemeteries. Current Photo count ---------> We do not rape online databases to put up big numbers. Please notice, we try very hard to have a photo for every memorial. We tend to take photos first and then create memorials. Notice more photos than memorials. A memorial without a photo is like a vehicle with no fuel tank.

Every memorial created has meaning - if not to me, to someone. The "dash" between birth and death dates made them who they are. Some are extra special to me so if you have time to visit and leave a flower for the any/all of the following, much obliged;
My mum, Margaret Hood
My best mate, Woodstock Malone
My mother-in-law, Nan Hulme
My brother-in-law, Malcolm McIntosh

I am an American living in Australia but my family is in USA. I moved here when I was 50. My birth name was Rebecca Susan Hood, the only child of my mother and father. They were both only children as well as each had siblings that died shortly after birth. I do have 3 sisters that are the daughters of our mother. They too live in the USA. I also have a few distant cousins. My family names are Kiffmeyer, LaZebnick, Quinn, Hood, Koch, Courtwright (Cortwright), Bowhanan (Buchanan) and the family comes from Ohio: Price Hill, New Richmond, Reading, and from Pennsylvania: Dingman Ferry, Milford, Pike County and Stroudsburg. European countries include County Tyrone, Ireland, Scotland, England, Prussia and Alsace-Lorraine France/Germany. I can trace my family back to 1760 through the Quinns to County Tyrone, to the Revolutionary War through Buchanan (DAR), the Civil War through Koch and working on the Mayflower with Courtwright (Cortwright) Bishop and Hood (or Houth or Hod).

My husband's family names are McIntosh, Johnson (Johnston) on the paternal side and that side of the family has been in Oz for at least 3 generations, coming from Scotland to Australia. The maternal side of the family is Hulme and Dodgson from Stockport, England. He is first generation Australian on his mother's side. We have found many of his relatives, even some live ones he didn't know about through Find A Grave! Any family work we do in Australia is his family and has no connection to my family... maybe if we both go back far enough in Scotland or England?

Somehow we have adopted the Bodsworth Family. No kin of either of us, but we have grown a huge tree of them! If you have family in Oz and we can help, please let us know. We are happy to photograph in Melbourne, and we do travel quite a bit so don't hesitate to ask for other places, even obscure ones. We will do our best! We are really doing this to try to preserve some precious bits of history that could be lost forever, especially in the older cemeteries here in Australia. "Cremated remains" memorials are dismantled after 25 years if "perpetual care" wasn't purchased (family can collect them or the cemetery will dispose of them) or you can pay the cost of perpetual care at today's prices! While the grounds in cemeteries in Oz are taken care of, the cemeteries do nothing to maintain headstones - even if they are damaged by trees or other stones falling on them. We try to piece things together if needed or transcribe as best we can.

One more thing about our photos, especially in older cemeteries; we try to give a "big picture" around the grave and we also take as detailed a photo as we can of any stones or markers. When we find there is no marker on a grave, we will photograph the site anyway to give those searching a feel for what the plot is like. We also check cemetery records when we can as there may be people buried in graves with others but not all have markers.

We learned some very interesting things about photographing stones. Overcast days are best and if it is raining an umbrella is nice. A dust brush, cloth and water to clean off stones is good too. We have also learnt that a wet rag and some dirt is invaluable on a carved stone that has faded. We will get you the best photo we can and if you don't like it, let us know so we can try again.

NB: Our photos are not be be used elsewhere without permission or even on other FaG memorials. Just ask - we are happy to work with you!

Currently working primarily on Springvale, Cheltenham Pioneer and Cheltenham Memorial but will dabble in other cemeteries as needed.

Thanks for letting us help you :-)
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Esther Kinder
Raymond Coley
Thank you for the Birthday flower left for my son. It means so much. Have a good day.
Added by Esther Kinder on Jul 25, 2014 7:57 AM
RE: Arthur Smith
100% agree with you....the old cemeteries are just so special....Thanks so much again :)
Added by SueM on Jul 21, 2014 2:47 AM
Arthur Smith
Thanks Becca for the correction on the Cemetery.

Cheers, Sue
Added by SueM on Jul 21, 2014 2:01 AM
Melanie Dunstan
William Myles
Thanks for your Prompt picture of William's Grave today Thanks again
Added by Melanie Dunstan on Jul 21, 2014 1:25 AM
Capt.. Robert Charles Scheetz, Jr.
I thought it would be easier to transfer management on the above to you.

Added by Serenity on Jul 06, 2014 1:32 PM
Herbert Ashley
Hi Rebecca,
I updated his plaque, unfortunately whilst his wife Else is buried in the same grave there is no marker for her.
Added by Dave on Jul 03, 2014 6:17 AM
Steven Tynan
Done. Thank you.
Added by Steven Tynan on Jul 01, 2014 7:47 PM
Voted for it Becca :)
Very nice job.

Cheers, Sue
Added by SueM on Jul 01, 2014 12:09 AM
RE: Connecting memorials
Thank you for your nice note. I appreciate the kindness.

You aren't supposed to change obituaries. So on Jason's it won't be changed that Heather is now deceased. I definitely need to make all my memorials interact, I just haven't done it.
Added by AnneBoleynTudor on Jun 30, 2014 11:55 PM
Star Kline
RE: Koch
Thanks for taking the time to write about your Koch family. About two years ago I found a connection to a living relative through this site, and I'm always hoping to find another one. It sounds like your Koch family arrived in the U.S. before mine did. My immigrant ancestor was Christian Christopher Koch, who arrived in the U.S. in 1872 and settled in Luzerne County, PA. The family continued to own this property until about 1990. Do you know where in Germany your Kochs came from? Perhaps our connection is "across the pond"?
Added by Star Kline on Jun 30, 2014 8:47 AM
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