Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference." . If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug. . Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity. ---------- ---------- OK, enough said. And now back to business: Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY. . Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera. . But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does. . Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs. . And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own! ---------- ---------- PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use. . Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine.
Mary Eleanor Guptil Powers Thank you Jane t for finding Marys stone . Once i noticed you made the memorial, i went and deleted the family stone memorial in Waterbury VT so ovoid having any doubles. Thank you again
Too Many Davids You are telling me...it is a family name. At least one in each generation. I have to follow each with their date of birth to keep them straight.
I did see your point exactly and was going to delete my memorial in the morning, when Russ contacted me. Duplicates are annoying. I only thought he was committed to creating one for Sr. so I added Jr. Thanks Again. Sandi
David Elliott 49607009 Hi, There has been a mix up in David's. The photo you took of David which goes with the death date on the above memorial is actually the gravestone for the man's son. I have build a new memorial for David the son (My 5th Great Grandfather) #161574861 and notified Russ Anderson of the date mistake on his memorial. Did you find a grave for Jr's wife - Deborah Elliot(t)? Would you mind adding your photo to the new memorial.
RE: Old Gustavus Cemetery Hi Janet, I don't know if there is a grave for Sylva. If I have a memorial listed without a photo it is because of old cemetery transcript records. Is it possible there is no stone? Bonnie
RE: Blossoms Janet: You may be able to use this in the future: My Mayflower ancestors, who came through Vermont, are Joseph Blossom (b. 1783, Plymouth Co., Mass. – d. 1853, Somerville, Butler, Ohio), m. Sylvia Perry (b. 1780, Woodstock, Windsor, VT – d. 1863, Ohio) She was the daughter of Daniel Perry (b. Mass., d. Ohio) and Rhoda Crocker (b. 1758, Woodstock – d. 1813, Ohio) If you’d like more detail, please let me know. Dutch
RE: Levi Aldrich Hi Janet, Thanks for your explanation and for adding the transcription. I happened to be in the South Reading cemetery yesterday and finished photographing and transcribing what I had left undone last fall. I hope I got them all. All the best, David
RE: Cyrus Brookins Probate extract Thanks so much again, Janet. You have impeccable records! Yes, there was a bush wrapping itself around Cyrus' stone but it was not in bloom. Both stones were very difficult to read but I hope to get back sometime in a better light. Is Cyrus your relative? Judith and Ithamar are directly my ancestors. You do great work!
Judith Morgan Brookins Hi Janet, I found Judith right next to Cyrus. There was room for Ithamar to be buried to the left of her stone. I haven't found him yet! I could only make out the first line of Judith's epitaph. It says "Though the body lies in deaths disguise..." It was not a good time of day for the lighting but I only had a short time to spend there. Will be returning for further investigation, hope to see if the Baptist church kept records. Thanks for your wonderful pictures! Barbara