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Joe Gibbens (#47088892)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 1 day
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I began my interest in genealogy at about age 12 when I found interesting writings about previous generations of the family and I made copies for myself and kept them in a safe place because I thought it was fascinating. I still have those notes at age 68. I grew up in Wichita and San Antonio. Graduated high school in San Antonio.

I'm a Spec 5 Vietnam veteran married for 46 years with 3 children and 6 grand-children located in Wichita, Kansas.

I enjoy documenting graves so that others can find their kin easily and accurately. I'm grateful to those kind souls who have helped me in my research and am happy to return the favor. For every memorial I enter onto this site, that's another memorial that has a chance of getting into the right hands of family or friends.

Thanks to everyone who has sent encouraging and positive thoughts! I don't always have time to answer everyone back, but please know you too are appreciated.

Duplicates: It is never my intention to create a duplicate on purpose. If you come across a duplicate I have made, please use the SAC and let me know. Nicely, please. I'll be happy to remove it. Please don't create a duplicate of my memorials; I would rather you just ask for a transfer instead of creating a duplicate. I promise I won't grill you or make you prove your relationship to the deceased!

And for those that don't seem to get what a dupe is: If I enter a memorial on March 1st for Colby Smith and then someone else enters another memorial for the same Colby Smith on March 15th, the one entered on March 15th is the dupe, not mine.

Transfers: I will make transfers within Findagrave guidelines.

Photos: Please feel free to use any cemetery or grave photos I have posted on Findagrave for your personal use, public or private. For any photos of people, please contact me first. Some of them I have obtained permission to use from other sources and will need to run it by them first.

****If you volunteer on this website and decide you no longer want to maintain the records please transfer your records to someone who has an active account and willing to take over the records. I am one of many willing to take over records. This really will help reduce duplicates. It would also be a good idea to leave someone instructions on how to do make these transfers should you go inactive without warning.***** Thank You (Borrowed from another FAG Contributor)

Like so many other contributors, I've had to take my e-mail off my bio due to unsolicited, unwanted e-mails.

Thank you to findagrave member T.V.F.T.H. for allowing me to use the Duplicates and Photos language above.
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 • 80,991 Memorials Added
 • 79,866 Memorials Managed
 • 295 Memorials/week
 • 68,901 Photos
 • 2 Photo Requests
 • 395 Volunteer Photos Taken
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Messages left for Joe Gibbens (1764)[Leave Message]
Jim Priestaf
This and That
Hey Joe - Just wanted to say thanks for all the great work you've done. Close to 70K photos is amazing! Considering it takes about a minute just for FG to take an uploaded photo that makes about 1K hours just for the uploads. Add in the leg work, doing a bit of site cleanup, shooting and documenting the photo in the field (watching out for shadows and sun), occasional editing to make sure the photo is straight and doesn't have a foot in the view (I've done that more than I care to admit), making sure it's not a duplicate, etc., and a person can probably multiply those 1K hours by a factor of 5 or 10. Now compare that to a 40 hour a week job that is typically under 2K hours per year.

To have someone casually dismiss such work as mere 'grave walking' provides about as good an example of shallow and self-absorbed thinking as any of us is likely to see.

As for questions about FG policies and procedures people really should try reading the FAQ before posting public messages. If someone doesn't like FG policies either take it up with the admins or spend time elsewhere at a site like billion graves where there is plenty of wide open space.

Anyways, thanks again Joe for all the volunteer work and enjoy the upcoming summer.
Added by Jim Priestaf on Apr 16, 2014 12:09 PM
RE: Thank you.
That is the kind of road trip I'd LOVE to take (maybe I can talk my hubby into it for our 25th). Very cool! And again...excellent work!
Added by GeekyGraveGirl on Apr 15, 2014 8:31 PM
Mary E. Warner
I just requested a linking for a daughter to her father several minutes ago. Joe has already done it! Thanks, Joe.

I am thankful that there are so many volunteers who either gather cemetery lists and enter them into Findagrave, or actually go to the cemeteries and take a headstone photo and then enter the memorial with the headstone photo.

There are only a few creators of memorials who will not transfer if a relationship is shown, even if it is one's 2nd cousin, several times removed. Of course, I am writing a Warner genealogy book, and I have over 1,000 entries complete with census records, links, etc. because I care AND I'm curious to know where my Warner-related folks settled down. It is history that I am working on...and I enjoy it.

Be kind, folks, and appreciate contributors such as Joe.
Added by Mary E. Warner on Apr 15, 2014 6:44 PM
Mark's Mom
Just stopping by to say hi.
Hi Joe,

I was just updating some of my memorials and came across a couple of your entries, and thought I'd stop by and say hi.

I must tell you what a perfect gentleman you are, I didn't mean to read the numerous messages left for you from Theresa RaNae, but, I was bothered by them and her attitude and found her to be quite rude to you. She didn't even give you a week to do the transfer before she was threatening to add a new memorial. I know it's really none of my business, but, I know how hard you work at what you do, and I know you have helped me many a times.

I'm hope you aren't bothered by what I wrote.
Keep up the great work and thank you not only for what you do on Find A Grave, but, thank you for your service to our country.

Best regards,
Added by Mark's Mom on Apr 15, 2014 5:36 PM
OK... I'm in awe....
Wow... you have taken a lot of pictures! I find that impressive, and really appreciate some of your photos I've found on memorials of my family in Kansas. Thanks for all your hard work (though, like me, you must enjoy it immensely!).
Added by GeekyGraveGirl on Apr 14, 2014 9:26 PM
Theresa RaNae
Thank You for the Transfer
Added by Theresa RaNae on Apr 13, 2014 7:13 PM
Theresa RaNae
Transfer Requests !
The end of the 3rd section of your bio states...

"For every memorial I enter onto this site, that's another memorial that has a chance of getting into the right hands of family or friends."

Once again I Request the Transfer of Memorial #91732262
Added by Theresa RaNae on Apr 13, 2014 5:56 PM
Memorial Corrections
For your information, connecting parents and spouses cannot be accomplished with the edit button and can only be changed by the owner. One REAL problem with Find-a-Grave management is that they have made this into a contest to see which person can submit the most memorials, regardless of whether or not they are connected to them. All too often, there are people like you who are only interested in numbers and NOT whether the information that you enter is even valid. Furthermore, like you, they then take the attitude that they cannot be "bothered" to accept corrections for the memorials that they own. A great short coming of Find-a-Grave and what makes what could be a great research tool into some kind of fun and game playing to see who can have the best score.
Added by Mudbrook2001 on Apr 13, 2014 4:09 PM
Theresa RaNae
Transfer Requests !
Transfer requests need to be honored as there is so many Grave Walking persons who do not have the information that families have nor families need.... Members of Find a Grave should not have to request you to fix an error or add the information. The time is appreciated as well as all the work that goes into documenting; but when someone connected to a memorial is requesting the grave walker needs to know when to 'let go' and give it over to the rightful management.

Find a Grave is a network of people who work together to get these memorials documented and into the family members management so the memorials can continue to have the proper showcase.

There is also a lot of mislead info out there on F.A.G. These memorial sites need to be in the management of relatives or family representatives who will be able to maintain them.
Added by Theresa RaNae on Apr 13, 2014 12:01 PM
Jim Priestaf
John W Woolf/Wolfe/Wolf
John - Thanks so very much for the transfer and all the time consuming leg (and desk) work you've done over the years. If you think you have some family in SE Michigan (or even southern Ohio) that needs some photos or information, feel free to send me a note.
Added by Jim Priestaf on Apr 13, 2014 9:47 AM
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