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Judi McGarvey (#47550134)
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Bio Photo I have enjoyed wandering through cemetery and graveyards all of my life. Now I can't resist clicking through findagrave whenever I can. In 1977, when I began compiling my family history in earnest, I felt drawn to the gravesite of each relative I studied, so during the 1980s, my husband David and I often spent our vacations traveling from one cemetery to another mainly in the Midwest and Northwest. In the 1990s, I organized volunteers from the Fairfax County Genealogical Society to survey over 350 cemeteries and burial sites in the county and oversaw the publication of Fairfax County, Virginia Gravestones, volumes I-VI.

Now that I have discovered findagrave, I am delighted to have a place where I can share hundreds of photographs we have taken of gravestones and memorials all over the country. My thanks to all the contributors who have built this site and to all those who have helped me during the short time I have been a member.
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Kim Kerr
Find A Grave Memorial# 54262647
Re: David Proudfit photo

Since I didn't post the photo in question, I am unable to delete it. You will need to contact the volunteer that posted the photo. Thanks!
Added by Kim Kerr on Feb 28, 2015 3:18 PM
RE: re: Frances Roberts #81723371 (Saratoga IOOF Cemetery)
I just did some random searching on all the different versions of her names and I found it super interesting that in the 1940 census, she lived in Berkeley on Alice Street since her mom's name was Alice! And..... she lived only a couple of blocks from where I grew up. Pretty crazy, huh?

Added by Squeak on Feb 26, 2015 11:53 AM
RE: re: Frances Roberts #81723371 (Saratoga IOOF Cemetery)
Ooooooooh wow, I didn't realize you were related to her! Now I feel even better that you found her! =) The reason her plot is marked is because everyone in the cemetery is part of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) and they are the ones that paid for the plot and stone. The stone is about 1 1/2 foot from left to right, about 10 inches up and down, and only about 2 inches thick. If the family couldn't provide a stone, the IOOF provided stones like this.


Added by Squeak on Feb 26, 2015 11:43 AM
re: Frances Roberts #81723371 (Saratoga IOOF Cemetery)

Thanks very much for the edits. Can I ask how you got the info for her? I'm only curious because in this particular cemetery, there has always been very little to almost no info on many of the people buried, and in fact, much of the cemetery info that did exist was lost for quite a while! The cemetery, for many years, was inaccessible to FindAGravers and was known for that. One day I actually was able to get in, so I photographed EVERY stone and input them here because I had a feeling that there were people in there that other people were searching for - and that I thought some of them were also probably pretty well known. It ends up that I was correct on both parts and I have learned a lot of interesting history about the people in this cemetery. And I'm not even related to any of them! HA! I'm just glad there are people on FindAGrave that can shed some light on some of the people in this cemetery. There are even people in here that only have initials for their name or just something like "Mrs. Meyers" with no first name. Don't even know their gender! I'm determined to figure these people out. They deserve some dignity, right?

Anyway, thank you for the edits, no matter where it came from.


Added by Squeak on Feb 24, 2015 2:38 PM
Lillie Riney
RE: Eaton/Page family
I have quite a few Eatons & Pages in my family, but they are not of my major lines.
Added by Lillie Riney on Feb 22, 2015 9:13 AM
Kenneth Gilbert
RE: Ward family updates
You are welcome....
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Feb 21, 2015 3:26 PM
Isabella Fleming Harper
Thank you for asking this; I understand completely.

I think we shouldn't omit her first name in "title" section...
I forgot to add Isabella as nickname.

So, if you'd add her first name (which she had), leaving Isabella as middle name, but adding Isabella as "nickname", then that would cover all bases. After all, the nickname is usually what someone is called.
I hope this makes sense and is agreeable--
Added by BigFrench on Feb 04, 2015 1:43 PM
Brian S
RE: Joseph Dean/William Harper birth years
So if I understand correctly, your position is that because you do not know which two years it could possibly be, you will leave the date as "unknown" - leaving the possibility of age ranges from 0 to 100+ years?

To me, identifying old graves is like a game of horseshoes - You get as close as you can with the available info as best you can.

If a name is only partially readable, I put down whatever I can make out. If they "died in 1880 at 70 years old", they were born in 1810. If I can't read the month and day, then the year gets listed.
I am giving it my best effort and the same standard of respect that the heirs did when they neglected to put the entire date of birth. It probably wasn't all that important to them, likely because they weren't exactly sure of the date.
Heck, I have relatives that over the course of 5 censuses who manage to have 5 different years of birth, and none of them match their grave stone. So much for authoritative sources!

So that is my case for making a best educated guess. I am sure you have your own well thought out logical reasons, so do what works best for you!

Have a happy new year!
Added by Brian S on Dec 31, 2014 5:43 PM
Brian S
RE: Joseph Dean/William Harper birth years
I suspect I was just doing the math. Typically I will request the update based on photos I post for photo-less graves...
I will need to look them up when I get home to be certain however...

Thanks for taking a look!

Added by Brian S on Dec 31, 2014 1:58 PM
Brenda Legate
RE: Mary Frances Murphy
Mr. Browning, of Browning Funeral Home in Evansville spent a lot of years transcribing the basic information from obituaries in the Evansville newspapers, and putting together a database that is extremely helpful when looking for deaths in Evansville. You can access the site at and do a search for Mary's name. Happy hunting!
Added by Brenda Legate on Dec 07, 2014 5:47 PM
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