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Tim & Grace (#46907821)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.

This new edit system is pretty good. It makes it possible to edit memorials belonging to "Fallen Gravers" , whether they be deceased or just gave up. the problem though is that since memorials now show up as "hints" on, many novices are submitting edits based on unverified sources. It takes time to verify edits when they are submitted. It would be great if source information could be attached to the edit request. In the meantime, it would be helpful if people could submit edit "other" with source documentation along with the edit.
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Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.

I will [Transfer] memorials.
I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...

If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.

I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.

I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.

Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did.
Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone.
When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.

By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!

Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!

"Live Long and Prosper!" \V/,
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Holly J Van Ostrand
RE: Braggs & Kellers in Achorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine
you are welcome. it was a lovely sunny day and I enjoyed strolling through the cemetery. take care. holly j van ostran
Added by Holly J Van Ostrand on May 27, 2016 2:18 PM
Ralph Gowen
RE: Grace C. Farrar Briggs in Buckfield Village Cemetery
I attached the information to her memorial - it appears that her middle name should be Clarinda
Added by Ralph Gowen on May 11, 2016 2:43 PM
Bill West
RE: Dunhams in Mount Vernon Cemetery
My pleasure. They are distant cousins. My 2x great grandmother was Florilla Dunham.
Added by Bill West on May 10, 2016 7:56 PM
Stone Finders
I do not mine getting transcriptions. Some are very interesting and are hard to read. I just do not like bio's in the flower section.
Added by Stone Finders on Apr 26, 2016 2:35 PM
Scott Braddy
Winslow Shaw's memorial
Got it done, thanks. I like the bio you got there. Longest one I've seen but all great info, don't change it, I'm just ragg'n on ya. Are you related to Shaw? Thanks for your service too! I'm also a vet.
Added by Scott Braddy on Apr 26, 2016 2:01 PM
Stone Finders
Lizzie Beal,
You put Lizzie Beal, 2nd wife of Henry Proctor. I think you meant 2nd wife of Clarence Proctor. As Henry was the father of Clarence. I declined the edit for Emma as it was to unlink her from her husband.
Added by Stone Finders on Apr 15, 2016 2:27 AM
Reg Hamilton
John S Kennedy
Hello, I'm looking for information on my 2nd great grandfather John S Kennedy born about 1828 in Maine. I see from some of your message post you have been looking for him also. His parents were Andrew Kennedy and Nancy Adams. I've not had any success in locating the death records. I lose track of him about 1872. Might you know any thing about him and his family? Sincerely, Reg Hamilton
Added by Reg Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 6:39 PM
Inez Alberta Buswell Spaulding
thank you!
Father's burial location (cemetery and plot) was on the death certificate (so not a "plop").

Loved your profile. Couldn't agree more.

have a great weekend!
Added by LadyGoshen on Apr 08, 2016 1:27 PM
Gail Kelly
Taggert edits
Hi Tim,
So THAT is what happened. I just thought my computer had something else crazy...I did delete a few, but not enough I guess. On it!
Added by Gail Kelly on Apr 04, 2016 6:03 PM
Gail Kelly
David and Eliza Barker
Hi Tim,

Transfers complete...and I hope you don't "get yelled at" ;)
Added by Gail Kelly on Mar 31, 2016 4:53 PM
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