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Har37x (#47671892)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.

Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.

I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013

When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.

If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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Heather Cottrell
Fred and Mary Waid
Wanted to thank you for taking a photo for Fred's memorial. I did not know about this until today! Find a Grave is having a glitch and no one is getting emails when their photo requests are fulfilled. Anyway, I appreciate your help. Mary Waid is the one that is in my family tree. I'll be sending you some edits for her memorial unless you want to transfer to me.

Thanks again!

Added by Heather Cottrell on Apr 23, 2014 12:22 PM
Gary Blosser
Christian Jacob Hostetler
Did you take that photo?
Added by Gary Blosser on Apr 22, 2014 11:09 PM
I am interested in taking over the management of Find A Grave Memorial# 95689594 if you wouldn't mind transferring the memorial to my care? Thank you.
Added by Alison on Apr 19, 2014 1:15 AM
Thank You
Thanks for the updates and happy Easter!
Added by HJ on Apr 18, 2014 7:58 PM
Henry Cemetery

I was going to be in the Henry, IL area the weekend of April 26th, and have an interest in photographing any section of Henry cemetery that still needs to be done. If you or anyone you know has information about how complete this cemetery is, I would love to help out.....I have many ancestors buried there. Is there a burial list/record?

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA
Added by Fawn on Apr 14, 2014 3:28 PM
David H. Eckert
Benefiel Photo
Thank you very much for taking the time to photo Joseph's grave site. All the best. David
Added by David H. Eckert on Mar 31, 2014 7:45 PM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for getting the headstone photo of Aaron Smailing for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 31, 2014 3:37 AM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for getting the headstone photo of George Smailing for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 31, 2014 3:11 AM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for getting the headstone photo of Caroline White for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti.
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 31, 2014 3:10 AM
Darcy King
Photo request
Perfect! Thank you so much. I have been wondering about this for years.

Bless you.
Darcy Tharp King
Added by Darcy King on Mar 29, 2014 7:33 AM
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