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Tom and Nancy Gawthrop (#47512913)
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Bio Photo Hello, We have been active in our ancestral research for about fifteen years now. We got started just about a year before my father died. He was doing some research himself and had documented a makeshift tree. Even though his work was incomplete it gave us the initiative to take it and run with it. Several years later we have over 30,000 people in our tree and have visited several cemeteries in the area where we live. After a few thousand headstones photos taken we are now in the process of uploading them to Find A Grave as well as Ancestry. It has been arduous work but very rewarding to us. Unfortunately, the reason we are adding a bio now is because the efforts we have taken to make sure our relatives are remembered by information here and on Ancestry, is, our photos are being taken without our permission and then claimed by others as their own. We started noticing this about a year ago and started putting a small watermark on the photos. This has not stopped people from stealing our work. We would rather not put anything on the photos themselves because we believe it takes away form the aesthetics of the photo, however, it has become necessary. Now it seems as though even having the small watermark is not enough to deter those who would take what does not belong to them without asking or giving credit. So much for the small watermark. Now you will be finding photos we upload will have GLARING marks on them. Sorry about that.

We are not averse to letting people copy these photos, we just ask that credit be given where credit is due. Just ASK. You might be surprised how willing we are to share. With the proper credit given. Unfortunately, the watermarks will remain.

Because we are not able to travel long distances, we ourselves have taken photos from others on this site "WITH PRIOR PERMISSION" and with due credit given. So, we understand the desire to have a copy of your own.

We have also begun to pursue actions against those who steal.
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Sorry it is taking me such a long time to do the edits....actually I AM doing them .... some several times and do not know what is happening or maybe I should say not happening!

I know they do not like the plot coordinates that I try to enter as "they are not in the proper format" BUT sometimes they go on...

Just wanted to let you know I am not ignoring the edits, I just have to figure out what I am doing wrong. cj
Added by cj on Oct 21, 2016 5:25 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Albert B. Straub picture
I had another friend take a look at your picture and he said there is no doubt, that this what our troops were wearing when they were in dress uniform during the Spanish-American war time period, 1890's. You have a beautiful picture of a Spanish-American war time period veteran from the family. I hope you can nail it down. Thanks, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Oct 15, 2016 7:46 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
Albert B. Straub picture
The picture that you have on the Albert B Straub site is, I believe, someone from the Spanish American War time period, 1880's to 1910's. This is almost certainly not a Civil War period uniform. Almost all civil war period pictures were in the form of tin types or CDV's which were roughly 2 and 1/2 inches wide by roughly four inches tall. Is this a larger picture? Let me know a little more about the picture if you can. Thanks, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Oct 14, 2016 2:16 PM
William C. Davis
Hey folks. Could you check the memorial number you left for William on my message page. It seems to belong to someone else. Thanks, Pam
Added by Pam on Oct 14, 2016 12:07 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
Co. F, 86th Illinois
Dear Tom and Nancy,
I can never Thank You enough for all you have done to help me and my search for the final resting place of the 992 men who served in the 86th Illinois and for information about them. With the help of countless numbers of people, WE have now located the final resting place of 913 of them. I will continue to search for the final 79 until the day I die. I knew I would never find all of them as some locations are surely only know by the Lord, but, I have faith that I will yet find some of these missing 79.
Company F of the 86th is one of my better companies. I am only missing 3, or possibly 4, members of this company, John Henry Kerns, James T. Dudley and Franklin Lewis McVay and possibly Thomas D. West, though I really believe this is Timothy D. West.
As residents of Galesburg, you live less than 20 miles from where some 100 men who claimed Knox County as their home, volunteered to serve in what would become Co. F of the 86th and less that 20 miles from where 31 of them were laid to rest after they died.
I will always welcome any help in my search for information and especially PHOTOGRAPHS of any of these men. When you have the time, take a look at what I have on the three missing members of old Co. F. I would be interested in knowing if you see something that I am missing with these or any members of the 86th whom I have yet to find.
Thanks again for all you have done for me and especially for Find A Grave. What a wonderful site!! Sincerely, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Oct 14, 2016 5:35 AM
Cathy & Thomas
Mabel Morse FAG #20334865
We copyright usually, but these were not done. Go ahead and put them on I did put our copyright mark on them. So very much appreciate the offer. We live no where near Illinois and have spent thousands of dollars running down ancestors. When we visited this old cemetery, we stayed a while and shot other pics thinking that someday, some relative might locate their ancestors.

If you will, please just reference copyright permission granted by Cathy & Thomas, Find A Grave # 47115507. Let me know if there are more other than these three.

Happy Hunting,
Added by Cathy & Thomas on Sep 19, 2016 5:59 PM
RE: Picture of Pansye Means Straub
I am late getting to your early August message. Sorry about that. I am grateful for the correction you suggested. I think I've got it straight now. If not, please let me know. I am the great grandson of Martha Belle (Means) Jones. J. Keith Cook in Omaha.
Added by Nebord on Aug 30, 2016 7:14 PM
RE: Photo of Andrew Clinton Housh headstone
Thanks for posting the pix and sending the edit. I had his birth as 9/10/1860 on ancestry because of the death index but didn't post on f-a-grave yet. People often don't believe other dates are correct if they don't match the headstone. Unfortunately mistakes are made on stones and I have changed to 1859 as preferred date.

Thanks again
Dawn Hutson
Added by dhutson on Aug 03, 2016 6:39 PM

Could you add the pix you took of Anna and Andrew Clinton Housh on 7/20/15 to their memorials I just created # 167733141 and 167733158. I sited you as source for burial. I came across the pix today on ancestry working on this line.

thanks Dawn
Added by dhutson on Aug 03, 2016 12:26 PM
Law-Miller Roots
RE: Headstone of Emanuel Christ Sr.
Hi Nancy, Thanks so much for asking - so few people do these days. It is much appreciated!

Emanuel Christ was a 3rd-great granduncle of ours through marriage to his second wife, Anna Maria (Hepler) Schneider. Its fine to use his photo on your tree as indicated.

We usually ask that people place the line "Photo courtesy of Find A Grave Contributor: Law-Miller Roots (#47103448)" into the Description when uploading to Ancestry.

But, yours is a unique way of accomplishing the same thing (to provide the source of the photo) - and is a great idea we hadn't thought of before. We may start doing that with future photos we upload as well.

Take care,
Added by Law-Miller Roots on Jun 05, 2016 2:29 PM
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