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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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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
Mary Ellen C
Beatrice Pickett
Thank you very much for taking the photo of Beatrice Pickett's memorial - I appreciate it very much!

Mary Ellen C
Added by Mary Ellen C on Nov 18, 2014 1:57 PM
Bruce Fones
RE: Fones in Alexandria Presbyterian Cemetery
Hi Judi, I'm not sure if I answered your post. Yes if you could transfer any of my family to my care it would nice. I've been ill for a while and have not kept up on my genealogy. Thanks Bruce
Added by Bruce Fones on Sep 28, 2014 12:14 PM
Robert Harrington
Bertha Williams - Presbyterian Cemetery, Alexandria
Hi Judi

Bertha H (Harrington) Williams is actually buried at Bethel Cemetery (next to the Presbyterian Cemetery. You have her listed as being buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery. You mentioned that her marker cannot be found in tghe Presbyterian Cemetery. You can find her headstone near other Harringtons at the (approximately) the following coordinates.


Thanks for all your work.

Bob Harrington
Added by Robert Harrington on Aug 17, 2014 2:35 PM
Pat Nalls
Garland Kennedy Nalls
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for finding my brother's grave. Since I've moved it's been hard to stay in touch with family, (alive and deceased). It means more than words can say.

Pat Nalls
Added by Pat Nalls on Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM
kim martinez
george lloyd d: 1927, bethe cemetery
thank you judi for looking and all the work you put into trying to locate his grave site. i really appreciate it, kim martinez
Added by kim martinez on Jul 18, 2014 12:15 PM
Beth Stark
Starks in Bethel Cemetery
Thank you SO MUCH for all the work you went through getting the pictures of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother and all of my great aunts and uncles in Bethel Cemetery! I was never able to meet them, but having the pictures of their headstones helps them to be real to me. Thank you very much!
Added by Beth Stark on Jul 14, 2014 8:11 AM
Jerry H.
c w lloyd
Thank you for the photo
Added by Jerry H. on Jul 14, 2014 3:47 AM
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