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|WHERE AM I?|
I live in Merrill, Wisconsin (Lincoln County).
WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?
I've been researching my family tree extensively and assisting others with their trees since 2005. I set about to document burials in the local rural cemeteries in 2010 with a special focus on the old Latvian community, a project which is not yet complete.
WHERE DO I STAND ON MANAGEMENT AND TRANSFER OF MEMORIALS?
I prefer to be easy-going when it comes to transfers as the Find-A-Grave transfer guidelines are just that ... guidelines. I don't understand, nor do I want to be, a contributor who feels those guidelines are written in stone, especially if I have no familial connection to that individual whatsoever. I believe each memorial should be with someone in their own tree. No one is going to care about that memorial as much as someone who is actually related to them, no matter how distantly. Therefore, if I transfer a memorial of an aunt, uncle or cousin, and some time later someone more closely related wants management, at least it was in the family ("family taking care of family"). Transfers are not a one time deal; the memorial can always be transferred again. Also, this website is evolving into something greater than was originally envisioned by its creators as many "family genealogists" are striving to link all members of their family tree so others in their tree, who find ancestry.com or similar software programs too confusing to navigate, can trace their roots. I have many older relatives who have little to no experience using a computer and they seem to find this website easier to navigate, especially compared to ancestry.com, and do not want to manage memorials themselves but prefer another family member do so. There is nothing more disrespectful than to deny the wishes of the son/daughter, grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great-grandchild, etc. of that memorialized individual by denying transfer to another family member. If you are contributing to this website by documenting burials and/or adding headstone photos, aren't you doing so for the purpose of helping others? If that's not the case, turn over management to someone else or to Find-A-Grave administrators! Therefore, if I have any memorials that are not in my own family tree, or are quite distant from me in my tree, I will be happy to transfer upon request. All I ask is, in your request via the EDIT tab on the memorial, let me know how you are related (I ask only out of curiosity) and that you promise to take good care of them when they are yours!
I try to be as accurate as possible but, nonetheless, mistakes happen. If you see any errors, please let me know so I can make a correction. If you have additional information, I would be happy to add it should you not want a transfer, and please feel free to add a photo and/or a flower of remembrance to my memorials!
HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT ADDING OBITUARIES TO MEMORIALS?
When a family member passes and the family chooses to have an obituary printed in the local newspaper(s), they are required to sign a release of information, in part acknowledging their understanding that the obituary will become part of the public domain, both in newspapers and on the Internet. In fact, obituaries are often found on websites of both local, and not so local, newspapers, as well as the funeral home involved with the family. Therefore, I see nothing wrong with adding the obituary to the memorial but my preference is that it be retyped under the "biography" section with credit given to the newspaper or website it was obtained; for example: "(Merrill Daily Herald - August 8, 2013)". I prefer not to scan a copy of it and add it as a "photo" because that just looks tacky and sloppy. The photo section should be reserved for the headstone, gravesite or that individual's likeness so as to keep the memorial respectable-looking. If you'd like the obituary added to any memorials, I would be happy to retype it for you if you prefer not to manage it yourself. I will type it up verbatim and give credit as noted above. However, having said that, and considering the fact anyone can obtain a copy of an obituary through a local library, historical society or newspaper from any place in this country and beyond, I do admit to feeling a little uncomfortable typing surviving family members' locations if mentioned, especially if survivors are young children, but I will defer to your wishes.
HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT OTHERS USING MY POSTED PHOTOS?
Well, I don't know that copyright law actually pertains to photos of a headstone. To me copyright laws are there to protect those who write stories, poetry, music and books, create movies, invent things, etc. ... things that constitute "artistic expression." There is nothing "artsy" about my photos so feel free to use them as you wish. However, when it comes to photos of family members, I feel a bit differently. If you really want to use one of my photos, there's no need to ask as I can't stop you from copying it even if I said "no," but, please, just be respectful in your use of it!
WHY DO I CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WEBSITE?
I am always excited when I help someone find a family member or if someone helps me get further with my research. This website has helped many, many times when I've hit a brick wall and, knowing firsthand the frustration that comes from that and the jubilation when you are able to get past it, I want to help others in the same situation. I also live in an area which was settled by a thousand or so immigrants from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia during the "great migration" about 1895 or so, and their descendants have subsequently relocated to other parts of the country. For those descendants looking for information on where it all began in this country for their family, I like the idea that my contributions to this website may offer yet another reference source. So if there's anything I can help you with here in Lincoln County, feel free to contact me.
When I get busy and perhaps a bit unfocused (or too focused), I think I might sometimes forget to send a personal thank you to individuals who have helped me on this website, even though I didn't mean to do that. So to those gracious individuals who have linked memorials when requested, made numerous edits to memorials they manage and/or have transferred memorials to my care, I greatly appreciate it - you guys are the best and make this website what it is ... positively awesome! Please know that I do thank you and appreciate you even though I might have forgotten to say so! And thank you, too, for having learned how to play nice with others.
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|L Evans||Re: Jennie Bohman Cornish|
thank you for transfer of Jennie Cornish memorial.
Added by L Evans on Mar 08, 2015 5:32 AM
|Earl Pagel||RE: Wilbert Pagel|
I had Wilbert as a son of Lawrence and corrected it after contacting you. Unfortunately ancestry.com says the father was really young to be his father so I was a bit confused. I was thinking perhaps Wilbert's stone may have been near another family member and decided to ask. Keep up the good work, I like the way you post photos to be helpful.
|Earl Pagel||Wilbert Pagel|
I fear I may have Wilbert #90099118 improperly linked to an improper family as the family lived in Berlin Township and all sibs were born there other than Wilbert. Also, you have an upright headstone that I have no idea how it relates to any other family members, do you recall any family members located near the large monument, it would be helpful as I try to post 100% accurate information,
|duck77||Links and updates|
Thanks so much for the links and updates of names. I have been cleaning up my virtual cemeteries and one thing led to another. LOL
Added by duck77 on Jan 08, 2015 8:46 PM
|Kelly Breitenfeldt Peterson||RE: Alex O. Radun|
Thank you for reaching out and asking! That would be wonderful if you could transfer management. Alex is my g-grandmothers father and I was very close with her so it would mean alot.
|Barbara Nicholson||RE: Wilden Bailey Photo|
You are Welcome
|duck77||Frederick August Heise|
Hi! I have been good and hope you are too. I am impressed at all the work you have done trying to track down his burial site. I am sorry to say I am not much help as all the information I have is what I received from Paul. (Frederick's wife was a sister to my great grandfather.) I see Paul Heise has a profile page on Find A Grave with an email address, so I sent him an email asking if he knows for sure where Frederick is buried. He has been a member for over a year and has two photos, so not sure if he still comes on here or will see the email. I would leave the memorial as you have it...you have put so much time and effort into looking. I will look on Ancestry and Family Search to see if I can find any more information. May also see if I can come down the line in his family and see if I can find anyone who might know for sure. Thanks!!
Added by duck77 on Nov 22, 2014 12:15 AM
|duck77||Frederick August Heise|
Hi! I saw you had a note on his memorial about where his grave was for sure. Many years ago, I was given some information on the Heise family by Paul Heise. His wife Emelie was a sister to my great grandfather, William August Fehrmann. I have not researched the Heise family a great deal, but Paul did list the cemetery for Frederick August Heise as being Snow Hill Cemetery in Lincoln Co., WI. I have no idea where he is buried for sure, but thought it might give you another possible place to look. I have not been in contact with Paul for 10+ years, so as I say, I cannot verify the information. Good luck and thank you so much for all the work you have done on Lincoln Co., WI!!
Added by duck77 on Nov 16, 2014 1:39 PM
|Carol Paska||Herman Muck grave|
Thank you photographing the stone of my cousin. It helped me find the name of his wife. Another branch of the tree found. Carol
|Bill Grinstead||RE: Town of Doering Cemetery|
Is the Doering Cemetery listed under another name? I had looked before I created the cemetery and I couldn't find another under that name. Obviously if it is a duplicate I will remove it. Thanks. Bill
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