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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2014 Update:
Sixty five years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 58 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty four years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 29 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for nearly 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 23 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 750 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For about 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.


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ginny lee
RE: duplicates
Numbers mean nothing to me either. I just take the pictures because I like to walk the cemeteries. I feel like this is a way I can help others.
If you would prefer I can just transfer the 2 sites to you and you can attend to them.
Just let me know.
Added by ginny lee on Sep 30, 2014 7:17 AM
RE: edit
Neither am I related. I just enter how the obituary, cemetery and other records that I have access to. Their name like many others have multiple spellings. I wish Find A Grave would let us list alternate spellings as well. I am like you, I want as much information and correct info too.
Added by JKMartin on Sep 27, 2014 4:10 PM
RE: 74235330
I agree. The draft registration is something they themselves fill out.
Added by JKMartin on Sep 27, 2014 4:08 PM
RE: Frank Athearn
Yes, the obituary says he died at the State Hospital in Bartonville, which is in Peoria County, Illinois. That was the asylum at that time.
Added by JKMartin on Sep 27, 2014 3:19 PM
Dan Woodland
Find A Grave Memorial# 127635081
Thank you for all of your great work. This person is however a male and not female according to his death certificate.

I tried to copy the Death Certificate but could not get it to copy to this spot. The link is to the Utah Death Certificates.

Thank you,
Dan Woodland
Added by Dan Woodland on Sep 24, 2014 7:56 PM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
THANK YOU Sweet Lady.
I THINK I fixed it. Good news is the person has now been linked, so I hope it was not lost for long.
I HOPE YOU ARE FEELING GREAT..... IF so I have a person I would like to see what your magic hat reveals.
I am not going to tell you who until you guarantee me you feel up to looking.
Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Sep 22, 2014 3:08 PM
Charles Harris 68305
I have asked for an edit of his name. He is being mixed up with a son because of the middle name problem. My husband is his great grandson. Would you be willing to transfer the maintenance to me?
V makin
Added by vmakin on Sep 16, 2014 11:23 PM
Diana McDevitt Eyler
RE: Blessings
Hi Shirleen, You are so very welcome. It was my pleasure to visit Brad on his birthday.
Added by Diana McDevitt Eyler on Sep 16, 2014 9:11 AM
Dear History4sure
Hi - I sent an email to your personal address also, but wasn't sure if it went through - I want to THANK YOU so much for the additional information you have provided on the Guss family - that was SO kind of you - and how wonderful to have more info for that dear family. Are you related to them? Would you like me to transfer them to you - if you would like that, I will be happy to - just let me know! I am not related, just took pictures of their headstones one day while I was in the cemetery.
Thank you so much - and I wish you a blessed and beautiful day!
Added by Evangelineღ on Sep 16, 2014 6:37 AM
RE: thank you
You're welcome & it was my pleasure to visit Brad on his special day!

Have a great day!

Added by Joyce on Sep 15, 2014 2:29 PM
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