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Deborah Rudy (#47416386)
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Bio Photo I saw my aunt spend more than 2 decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's simply wonderful now to be able to do so much ancestor research online, thanks in part to Find A Grave VOLUNTEERS!

I'm tracing my paternal line, which is presenting so many challenges. They traveled from northern Switzerland to PA in the early 1700's and their records and graves are well hidden by the passage of time. When I do find their kin, I know I will want to see photos of their graves, to glean data and leads, and will need help from Find A Grave photo volunteers. So, in return, I am happy to help fulfill requests for photos of your ancestors headstones in my hometown cemeteries or nearby.

I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo. So I am adding as many headstone photos as I can to already posted, memorials from cemeteries in my hometown from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's that have no photo.

I work from actual headstones, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, town records, historical county records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records and Federal mortality schedules. Every fact for any photo or memorial I post has been researched. So if you send me an edit, please also cite the source of the edit information.

On the memorials of local graves that I add, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of local headstones.

If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding my long lost PA. Shaffer pre-1860 kinfolk, their first names, and their burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.

Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve the past.
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Dr. J The Seeker
Elizabeth Moyer Wade wife of Jefferson
I am looking for Elizabeth's grave. According to her death certificate, like his, it says burial in Harrisburg. However, she died a Guest of the Methodist Home in Tyrone, and I have not been able to find her. Is there any possibility she is in the same cemetery, as Jefferson?
Thank you
Added by Dr. J The Seeker on Jul 19, 2015 4:12 PM
Dennis Brandt
Joseph Griffith photo
Thank you!
Added by Dennis Brandt on Jul 15, 2015 12:57 PM
RE: Ruth Field
Also I can look at the actualy Vital Records of Saint Albans, but it also has the marriage of Benjamin Field and Ruth Ann Leach as 19 September 1842.
Added by PMSmith on Jul 05, 2015 2:09 PM
RE: Ruth Field
Deborah, not sure if it's conclusive, but her son Francis death certificate gives his parents as Benjamin Field and Ruth Leach. Maybe it's not correct?
Added by PMSmith on Jul 05, 2015 2:05 PM
Marilyn Fowle
RE: Jonas-Frederick-Maria Rudy
Off her gravestone, August 28, 1815, died June 3, 1894. Baptism records (Shoops church) show 1810.

Any help would be great! Thanks again.
Added by Marilyn Fowle on Jul 01, 2015 7:18 AM
Marilyn Fowle
Jonas-Frederick-Maria Rudy
Deborah, I am trying to find information on the connection between Jonas Rudy, father of Frederick, grandfather of Maria. Maria was my great, great grandmother. Jonas was a patriot in the Revolutionary War. I am trying to apply for Daughters of the American Revolution but am having a hard time linking Maria back to her dad, Frederick and then to Jonas. God's House of Rudy lists this lineage, but evidently that is not adequate for the DAR. Is there anything on Frederick or Jonas grave or documentation that you have that I could use? Thanks so much for any help you can provide.
Added by Marilyn Fowle on May 17, 2015 2:09 PM
Joel Monteith
Dauphin Cemetary-Sponslers
Thank you for your kind reply-John S Monteith is buried there beside Alice May Monteith. I was afraid there were no stones-as John S. my grandfather-had made large upright markers with the letter "M" on them-at one time connected with large metal pipes. These were placed on all the corners and perhaps at the entry area. Please contact me--at I can send two old photos taken in 1955-which shows the general site area. Alice was the daughter of Margaret Ella (Yeager) and Issac Lewis Sponsler. Joel Monteith
Added by Joel Monteith on Mar 26, 2015 12:58 PM
Historic Congressional Cemetery Archivist
Congressional Cemetery
FYI-I don't need you to send the range and site but they are available on our website. I have submitted a suggestions to Find A Grave
Added by Historic Congressional Ce... on Mar 10, 2015 8:08 AM
Joe Nihen
RE: Jacob Hain in Center Union
Hi Deborah,

Thank you for John Potter, and the work you did on Haines/Haine/Hain, and for the retake of Samuel Bair.

I appreciate your time and effort spent.

Best wishes,

Added by Joe Nihen on Jan 20, 2015 6:07 PM
Henry H. Winters
Thank you Deborah for doing that. I have added your notation to
Henry's site as well and have given the credit to you.

Are you, by any chance, related to either the Winters or the Eshleman families?

Best regards,

Added by JLHM on Jan 19, 2015 7:38 PM
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