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Bio Photo I am an avid amateur genealogist, researching many different lines for both family and friends. I include all collateral lines, so my area of interest is extensive.

I have added many memorials in the hope of helping a fellow researcher. Permission is granted for personal use of any of the photos I have added, please just cite the F.A.G. memorial number and cite me as the photographer. This includes - it's so disappointing to look at a public family tree and find one of my photographs without mention of the photographer.

I decline to give permission to use my photos for resale, for profit, or to upload to a different web site. Do not copy them to other grave related sites such as

PLEASE remember the volunteer nature of FAG and be polite when writing. People have been less than understanding recently, wondering why the information they sent hadn't yet been added.

Dates of birth & death as well as linking to parents can been added through the automated system. If I've missed your email about additions to a memorial, just ask a second time. We're all human, no need for attitude.


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Since you are creating a record of the cemetery in addition to photographing a single stone you should take several images of the same marker. For example:

1. One showing the whole cemetery.

2. Shoot an image that includes the closest stones and provides context.

3. Photograph the whole gravestone so that inscription and carving are visible.

4. Make sure to take at least one picture where the inscription fills the camera frame.

Unless you are extremely lucky, most of the stones you want to photograph will not be straight due to ground settling. In the case of leaning stones, tilting the camera should eliminate the slant."

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It avails not, neither time or place—distance avails not;
I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so
many generations hence;
I project myself—also I return—I am with you, and know how it is.

Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt;
Just as any of you is one of a living crowd, I was one of a crowd;
Just as you are refresh'd by the gladness of the river and the bright flow,
I was refresh'd... ~ "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman

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For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. ~William Penn

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Denine Urquhart
Kezia Curtis
You added the memorial for Kezia Curtis and I noticed that some of your information came from The Saga of Old Tuolumne. I think the book may be wrong. Please tell me if you agree.

The pioneer talked about in the paragraph below can not be Kezia or her husband Bradner Curtis because they did not leave New York until 1850.
There is no way he was part of the mining company because it reached the mountains on March 20, 1848. Bradner and Kezia are buried in the Curtis vault in the IOOF cemetery. I am currently trying to find out the first name of the man being talked about below.

"The Saga of Old Tuolumne" by Edna Bryan Buckbee, The Press of the Pioneers, Inc., 1935, page 418 [note that Kezia is misidentified as her husband]:

"Kezia Darwin Curtis, a pioneer of '48, sleeps his last sleep in a splendid Granite vault - the only one on Cabuzet Hill. Curtis was a member of the second exploring party that set out from Monterey for the mines, in the spring of '48.

The mining company of which he was a member consisting of Messrs. Loveland, Swain, Harris, and some four others, reached the mountains on March 20, 1848. Fifteen miles south of the Merced River they made the first discovery of gold in the neighborhood, afterwards known as Burn's Diggings. But large numbers of Indians, tracking them, dangerously wounded two members of the party. Pioneer Curtis founded Curtisville, on Curtis' Creek, and mined successfully on Shaw's Flat and Tuttletown, also on the Calaveras River."
Added by Denine Urquhart on Jun 26, 2015 3:44 PM
Larry Tally
RE: Fogarty family - Stanislaus cty
Hi Nancy,
Thank you for responding. I also appreciate you visiting my family's memorials. As you say, it only takes a moment to remember someone but it does mean a lot to many others.
Have a great day!!
Added by Larry Tally on Jun 21, 2015 7:34 PM
Larry Tally
Fogarty family-Stanislaus cty
Hi Nancy,
A while back you requested photo's of graves for the Fogarty family in Modesto Citizens Cemetery. Tonight I noticed you left a flower at the memorial of Harold Fogarty buried in Oakdale Citizens Cemetery. I must ask: Are you related to the Fogarty's of Stanislaus County? My reason for asking is: My great grandmother is Margaret Amelia (Fogarty) Cashman. Thank you and look forward to your response.
Your friend.
Larry Tally
Added by Larry Tally on Jun 19, 2015 7:48 PM
Walter Thomas
Thank you for the parents.
Added by DKOWN on Jun 10, 2015 1:57 PM
Vicki Bullard
Elder Stephen Pleasants
Thank you for the additional info on Elder Pleasants. I updated his memorial. Sorry you had to wait so long. I had some surgery. Vicki Bullard
Added by Vicki Bullard on Jun 01, 2015 2:35 AM
Janie I. Luster
Darrell Todd
Thank you for sponsoring my uncle.
Added by Janie I. Luster on May 31, 2015 12:21 AM
Taphophile Duo
Catherine Kightlinger
Did you want that in bio or were you having me link them?
Added by Taphophile Duo on May 25, 2015 7:56 AM
s schultz
RE: Valentine Bier - # 40388620
I've found the same issues myself, and I agree. I totally go with the forms the person filled out themselves. Happy Researching!
Added by s schultz on May 24, 2015 8:28 AM
s schultz
Joseph A Honisch
I found another member of the family at Mt Olivet. I will transfer him to you once I upload him. Happy Researching.
Added by s schultz on May 23, 2015 7:52 AM
143696861 Clifford Draves
Hi, last week when I took photos of Dorothy and Leonard Draves headstones, I got side tracked with other names next to the Draves I knew and missed getting clifford's. I added the photo tonight so the claim of the request did not expire. I will go next weekend and get the photo of his headstone.

Added by Justine on May 17, 2015 6:17 PM
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