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CryptoGram (#46897564)
 member for 8 years, 6 months, 30 days
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Bio Photo Grief never ends,
but it changes.
It is a passage,
not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of
weakness or lack of faith...
it is the price of love.

The words above are thought to be based on a eulogy Queen Elizabeth made for her sister Princess Margaret.

I don't make more than a couple memorials a day on average, but have done research into the families of lots of them...same for many whose pictures I post...making me gladly able to help with most anyone's ancestral brick walls however I can.

While Google-ing along roads we biked over 50 years ago, I've noticed some homes, buildings, and even streets in my elementary school neighborhood missing while others are basically unchanged...made me think I should keep add/linking together those families I grew up with...sure wish my home-town newspaper archives were online so I could find the details of a murder that involved the Green Wing Grocery!

Obviously FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type as the membership increases, memorials and pictures left to be added decrease. There are already over 125,000,000 memorials; so considering that half the people who ever lived on Planet Earth are living now, and that it's unknown where over 90% of the dead many does that leave? -LOL and go figure.

The picture "request" function started around mid-2007, and pix were limited in size to 250K: a comparatively tiny 1/32 of 8M now allowed; at first there was only one guy and me taking pix in Arlington National (all that white granite for matching military markers comes from Vermont...not China :^), and there weren't many requests, so you can see how membership and contributions have exploded! I've had to tell my eager grandboy that there will probably be little picture-taking left to do when another seven years pass, just always recent deaths to add.

Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done...2015 is bringing FaG-ers the ability to upload pic from onsite, and then others to help with the transcriptions.

ANY information on privately-owned and defunct burial places is still needed. I was gladly able to do this for the cemetery nearest to me in kidhood that I never knew about way back then ~ when I held my breath in passing cemeteries ~ as it was already defunct...altho' one of my brothers once found a toppled headstone while bike-riding (him, not the headstone) dirt roads there.

Those who are willing: little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I myself have encountered snakes and Black Widow spiders...I did visit one cemetery that had a houseless person living in it.

You many kind, prolific contributors might try adding people from their death records found online...including from where you got the data and that they probably have no marker so the living don't get false hope for a picture.

Other Less-Important Stuff:

Some might think others of us are too possessive about pictures we take/post, but you probably haven't encountered a self-aggrandizer who deletes memorials after lifting the pictures others added to them and then remakes memorials with same pictures claimed as their own. As on any real city block, not everything is hunky-dory here; and not all the neighbors are nice. It takes just one laughable rotten apple plus a few manipulators, stalkers, and green-eyed game players...especially the ones who post DUPLICATE wrong poor-quality pictures on purpose &/or put burials willy-nilly into incorrect cemeteries just to inflate their "contributions" and then get huffy & vindictive when others notice the obvious, require rules for the rest of us in the barrel while supplying some inappropriate comedy to those who see through them.

COMMENTS ON MESSAGES TO ME ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES, INCLUDING FindAGrave's OWN rules and regulations, found here ~ FindAGrave FAQs ~ which admonish, among else: >>The copyright of all photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original submitter. No use of photos for any other website or personal use is given without prior consent of the original submitter.<<

Sad to have to point out that I have posted no pictures on other than Swedish documents about Charles Wassell from an uncle, but some members there and elsewhere online lifted pictures I DID add to FindAGrave & reposted them as their own with no credit given to me. When you see a picture on identical to one I've added to FaG, mine is the original; if included posting dates, I would not have to explain this. It's also quite silly that when I & others have made family trees there from personal information, it's noted as having no sources, but then when others copy same, their "source" is US!

You can use pictures I've taken and posted on this site in your online family trees by making a connective link to the original and/or including " FindAGrave member #46897564"; none may be sold and/or exchanged for any type of payment.

My Reasons for Being on FindAGrave:

I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist with 8 Purple Hearts, for several years until he died from the effects of Agent Blue (used along with Agent Orange in Vietnam) while my husband was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point our then-totally-unknown ancestors: at least 28 Revolutionary War Patriots, his Mayflower and Salem "witch" ancestors, my Swedish "hanky-panky in the palace" & Scottish Robert the Bruce people...and many *ships who pass in the night* ~ then sometimes remain friends ~ who have been great fun, challenges, and blessings to find.

So, at the onset in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing Major James Powell, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007. This long walk, still being shared with both living and non-bodied souls, is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers," which I still remain happily willing to do!

My biggest peeve in research was seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting FLOWERS to their memories, and alas, I still have just ONE nee name in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up.

May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!

The book of life is brief,
And once the pages read
All but love is dead:
That is my belief.
(Bobby Goldsboro, 1960s)

God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)
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Carolyn Lane Lewis
RE: Donald Wiley
There may have been some confusion because his legal name is Donald, but most of his "official" records say only Don. Although I would have looked for both, not everyone does that. I have learned to look for anything remotely resembling the name. Thanks again for all your help!!
Added by Carolyn Lane Lewis on Oct 12, 2015 6:53 PM
Carolyn Lane Lewis
Donald Wiley
Thank you for the photo of Donald Wiley in Sunset Memorial Park. The picture and your time are very much appreciated!!
Added by Carolyn Lane Lewis on Oct 11, 2015 7:30 AM
RE: Sheriff & Jeanne Stover
"PS: I REALLY prefer to be WAY up north in the winter, but too many hands spoil the fun of shoveling snow, huh?"

Sarky dickens, aren't you. I'm sure I'll bump into your work no matter where you are. Take care, stay healthy and warm!
Added by RamonaBeier on Oct 08, 2015 8:34 AM
Kathy Saucedo
RE: Nick Garcia
No I don't think that's him he is probably in Santa Fe National, I found another Nick Garcia after I had sent this request.. Again Thank you for your time and service...
Added by Kathy Saucedo on Oct 05, 2015 10:00 AM
Kathy Saucedo
Nick Garcia
Thank you so much for your time and service on the picture for Nick Garcia. But Not the Nick Garcia I was looking for.. Again Thank You...
Added by Kathy Saucedo on Oct 05, 2015 8:54 AM
Bennie White
RE: Bertha Ladeen AUSTIN
I hope to leave behind a great family genealogy for my children (if I can get finished with it! :)
Added by Bennie White on Oct 04, 2015 10:54 AM
Bennie White
Bertha Ladeen AUSTIN
Thank you so much for the fast service! I really appreciate the stone pic for my relative!
Added by Bennie White on Oct 04, 2015 9:11 AM
Sheriff & Jeanne Stover
WOW for the included funeral shots (and Jeanne was such a cutie)! I can see why you posted the sky pictures as it sure looks like a band of angels was participating I can see one with a horn and one with a drum. I read your note that Sheriff Stover was personally special to you, and your pictures show it (although all of yours I've seen look like they were your friends). Thank you very much (you confuse me about what part of the country you are in, but guess it's time for a warmer place. Us up north have had the heat on already :)
Added by RamonaBeier on Oct 04, 2015 12:07 AM
Zoe Tom
FAG #: 65049751
Hi, "C.G." - You have been so helpful. I am out of picture requests today, but I am dying of curiosity on this puzzle. This man's dates are probably pretty accurate. However, I think his parents may be in the same lot, and their info. is not clear yet.

Could you please try to get this picture while the weather might still permit it? Also see if you can find Esther H. Charles and John Charles,
his parents.



Added by Zoe Tom on Oct 03, 2015 7:37 AM
RE: Swanns
I did not have a last name for Martha and neither did some others who were looking at the Swann line. Do you have any documentation or a reference for Martha and her last name of Webb? I have land deeds for Robert Swann in South Carolina with Martha listed but no last name. Also trying to find out if Robert arrived here from somewhere else or was his family here already earlier.
Interesting that your mother's side is Swedish, my mother's side is Finnish and arrived here around the 1900s. That side is a mystery and I am having little luck with that side.
Thank you for any help you can give me about Martha's last name.
Added by KathyH on Sep 29, 2015 1:11 PM
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