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Dear Concerned Find-A-Gave Contributors and visitors,
Regarding: DUPLICATE MEMORIALS in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
A former large volume F-A-G Contributor had a dispute with Find-A-Grave staff and Deleted some 80% or more, of their contributed memorials, estimated to be about 40,000 or so. Thus causing the rest of us local Contributors, over the last year or more, to re-enter those family, friends and distant relatives we noted were missing.
Once F-A-G had decided to take positive action, they reloaded all the Deleted memorials from that former F-A-G Contributor, on Wednesday, 25feb2015. F-A-G staff, undoubtedly knew they would cause tens of thousands of Duplicates, and assigned their staffer, known as 'ProjectMgr' to work through their Merge process.
Please be patient and allow F-A-G to work through the entire group of Duplicate memorials.
My primary Find-A-Grave foci are the following cemeteries for which I clip Death Notices:
-ANC - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington,Va
-CG - Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Va
-MC - Merrifield Cemetery, Falls Church, Va
-NMP - National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va
-OC - Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, Va
-QNC - Quantico National Cemetery, Pr Wm Co, Va
Anyone having interest in ANC & QNC, primarily, that would like to add memorials and/or death notice data, I have been amassing them since I joined FAG and could use your help. Just send me an e-mail indicating your focus and I'll arrange as many as you would like to handle and mail/deliver them to you. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Special Note: Due to several prolific FAG Contributors, most of the Death Notices I have clipped have been memorialized with only the basics: name, dates and cemetery data. Many of the DNs have relatives, living and predeceased, plus biographical data that are truly worthly of posting, and Linking. This type of enhancement requires submitting the data to the original Contributor or transfer of the memorial to other caring Contributors willing to do this further step. My sincere thanks to those who have offered to assist me in the past.
To all those wonderful people who add photos, provide link data, etc, and those who simply offer 'flowers' to any of my memorials, I humbly Thank You on behalf of those who have passed on.
Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you
*You know who you are when you know who they were.*
*Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, forever dear.*
- Per FAG Contributor Treva Poe.
No terror has death, or the grave,
To those who believe in the Lord -
Who know the Redeemer can save,
And lean on the faith of his word;
While ashes to ashes, and dust
We give unto dust, in our gloom,
The light of Salvation we trust,
Which hangs like a lamp in the tomb.
Unable are the loved to die.
For love is immortality.
~ Emily Dickinson ~
A fine compilation by Contributor Patricia, 4753 3805, of worthy words:
Lastly, a few thoughts on genealogy . . .
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. . . Herbert Spencer
Nothing makes our ancestors seem more real than to walk where they walked and to stand where they finally came to rest.
Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. . . Unknown
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. . . Anonymous
"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~Author Unknown
"When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am in who you are. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart." - Fredrick Beekner
As found on 'Calmly Searching's Contributor page.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
When we are dead and people weep for us and grieve,
Let it be because we touched their lives in a special way.
Let it not be said that life was good to us but rather we were good to life.
We should not measure life by its length but by the value it gave.
Lives that have been intimately intertwined,
can not possibly be separated without pain.
It is a miracle, nothing less than a miracle,
That flowers bloom every spring,
That living thing begets living thing
That we human beings immerge again and again
From ignorance to knowledge from hopelessness to
From sadness to joy.
It is a miracle nothing less than a miracle.
They are not dead, those who leave us this heritage of remembered joy,
They still live in our hearts in the happiness we knew,
In the dreams that we shared.
They still breathe in the lingering fragrance,
Windblown by their favourite flowers.
They still smile in the moonlight silver,
And laugh in the sunlight sparkling gold.
They still speak in the echoes of words we have heard them say again and again.
They still dance in the rhythm of the grass and dance in the branches of the trees.
They are not dead,
their memory is warm in our hearts,
comfort in our sorrow.
They are not apart from us but a part of us.
For love is eternal and those we love shall be with us for all Eternity.
From the reading by
Robyn Lenehan - Civil Celebrant (NSW Australia)
As found in the memorial to Margaret A. Runte Dibbert # 5232 5569 by cryptfindr.
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"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
love leaves a memory no one can steal."
~ From a gravestone in Ireland
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Excerpt from memorial to Find-A-Graver Patricia Ann Holaway, # 6574 5644, by Beverly Joe Vaughn.
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"Tears grow the plants in your Heart that grow the Flowers."
- e49 to his sister, 15may2016
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|Leo York||Samuel R Lonas|
You have left a ' flower' with a comment thanking Corp Lonas for serving in the Confederate Military. Comp D, 6 Tennesse was in fact Union. This type headstone with the shield is reserved for union military only. The confederate headstone has a steeper pitch at the top and bares the Southern Cross.
Added by Leo York on Aug 24, 2016 10:27 AM
|Tom Dodds||RE: Wilson, Dr Harold M, # 142725314|
Thanks for the catch. I've deleted it from my end.
|Susan||RE: Williams, Zema - 167204627|
I haven't been able to find his parents as of yet. I do have obituaries for sisters, and have asked Johnny (memorial creator) to add to their memorials.
Marilyn Iris Williams Thompson (1998)
Carolyn Jane Williams (2007)
Evelyn W "Skeet" Smith (2009)
Added by Susan on Aug 06, 2016 6:34 PM
|Dogwalker 41||Mary Dellinger|
Last thing...can you add a request for a picture of his wife's headstone, please?
Oops...I see that you have already relocated the memorial. I will add a picture soon.
|Dogwalker 41||RE: Dellinger, Thomas Franklin & Mary Virginia nee Clem - 160643198 & 160644900|
I take volunteer photos and I had gone to the GPS coordinates for the Brethren Church...and found it, but no cemetery. As I was fulfilling requests just down the road for the St Lukes Lutheran Church Cemetery, I spotted Thomas Dellinger. I know of a couple other cemeteries that have similar names and where I have found wrong burial locations for memorials.
I will be happy to fulfill your request, but would rather wait until you are able to relocate his memorial to the correct cemetery. Just let me know.
|Rick & Kat||Obit Photos|
I was told by a Find A Grave admin that obit photos were not to be used unless, I took them. It states that in their rules.
|Donna Betts||Willis Betts|
The burial information on Willis Betts is incorrect. He is not buried at National Memorial Park. Thanks.
|pickly||re: Nellie miller|
Corrections made. My wife Penny would like to reach out to you to see if you have any information about George Godfrey Miller's CSA service. She has only found an all but illegible copy of Nellies widows application for pension for his service. Thanks. Dana
Added by pickly on Jun 26, 2016 4:44 PM
|S Smits||RE: Benton, Raymond S Jr - 13966 8219|
Thank you, E49, for catching this. I don't know how this happened, but I have deleted the request from Find A Grave. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave!
Added by S Smits on Jun 26, 2016 7:01 AM
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