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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 9 years, 9 months, 29 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87%
May 10, 2015, 88%
May 18, 2015, 89%
May 25, 2015, 90% (42,445)

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos or, when there is no visible marker, an area photo.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Making your request this way gives me all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. I do this because I don't have time to confirm all the information people send to me, and the question, "Where did you get your information?" is answered right there on the page. If you don't have a findagrave ID, I will use your email address when crediting you as contributor of information.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

For me, this is not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It is about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family or friends.

If I'm being honest though, I have to say my least favorite transfer request is: "Please transfer my relative." I have transferred to people based on this kind of request, and the result is less than satisfying. No information or photos are added; no family connections made; they do not respond to edit requests, and I wonder why the person thought they wanted to maintain the memorial page in the first place.

My favorite transfer request goes something like this: "So-and-so was a family friend. We lived next door to her for many years. She was like a second mother to me. I remember when... Birth Date: xxx; Birth Place: xxx; Maiden Name: xxx, etc. I have also added a photo of her." Transfer requests like this will be made in a heartbeat. I love learning something about every person in Holyrood (my adopted cemetery). I smile every time I think about the feisty little lady in Holyrood who stabbed her abusive husband in the neck, and the photo on her memorial page is a mug shot (although you can't tell at first glance). And there are others... so many others.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Messages left for Bonita Olmer (1121)[Leave Message]
Betty
Helen's Transfer
Thank you so much for transferring Helen's memorial to me. This means a lot to me. And thank you for all of the work you are doing to help me and others reconnect.

Betty
Added by Betty on May 28, 2015 6:42 AM
Sheree Collins
Harry F. Myers photo
Thank you very much for letting me know about the updated memorial and I should have seen there were two! Sorry I missed that. I appreciate your work very much. He is my maternal grandfather and so nice to have this available to place with other ancestors' memorials. Sheree
Added by Sheree Collins on May 25, 2015 1:59 PM
Paul Everitt
RE: Harry F. Myers Grave Photo Request
Thanks for the "save."
Added by Paul Everitt on May 23, 2015 1:07 AM
Wiltstilt13
RE: Earle and Rose Gerdon
Can you email it to me?
Added by Wiltstilt13 on May 20, 2015 7:58 PM
Wiltstilt13
RE: Earle Joeseph Gerdon and Rose Gallagher Gerden
It is Gerdon. They did die in the Seattle area.
Added by Wiltstilt13 on May 20, 2015 7:53 PM
Wiltstilt13
Earle Joeseph Gerdon and Rose Gallagher Gerden
Do you know where they are buried? Earle died in Seattle in 1964. Rose was born in 1909; but I can't find a death date. They are my wife's great grandparents. Just trying to get some info. Earle's parents are William Alva Gerdon and Elizabeth Kane Gerdon. Any info would be great. Thanks
Added by Wiltstilt13 on May 20, 2015 7:44 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Jerry Deyer
Dear Bonita
We are friends of the family through Patricia
Mulka and have been to grave site.
Love,
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on May 20, 2015 12:42 PM
Carol Argence
RE: Giulianis in Holyrood Catholic Cemetery
Thank you, Bonita.
Added by Carol Argence on May 18, 2015 2:56 PM
Clinton Rodgers
RE: Jack Murphy (#12445730)
Yes, I am distantly related to the Murphy's. Jack is a descendant of my great-great-great grandfather.

Clinton Rodgers
Added by Clinton Rodgers on May 11, 2015 1:36 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
James M. . Mitchell
Bonita
I'm glad you are out there.
I have moved him.
Thank you,
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on May 05, 2015 9:06 PM
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