Upon "googling" my great grandmother's name, I found a link to a photo of her headstone on Find a Grave. I was amazed, became hooked on this site, and have been contributing ever since.
My hope is to leave a legacy here for my children, grandchildren, and others by adding data and links.
I am not trying to amass large numbers of memorials. I just try to add data. I enjoy helping others, and I appreciate that others have helped me.
I create memorials with dignity and respect for those who have passed. I will remove a memorial if it is too sensitive for you, and I will remove photos you do not want on a memorial.
Forgive me for not having all burial locations identified. It takes time to research, some whereabouts are unknown, and some obituaries/mortuaries currently do not list burial or disposition details. Those people still deserve to be remembered here.
Unless one of my memorials is my relative or close friend, I do transfer memorials if you can and will add information. Just ask.
Please let me know if I have an error so it can be corrected.
I try to make edit requests in a timely manner.
I appreciate knowing about added posts to my memorials such as photos or obituary clippings that would help me link family members.
I am happy to share photos with you to use in your family albums. Feel free to contact me.
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I have taken gravestone photos of these entire cemeteries, although I may not have recent burials. Some stones are photographed, but are not readable, so may not be matched with a memorial. All have been posted for: Paton Cemetery - Paton, Iowa Dawson Cemetery near Paton, Iowa Antioch - Clarksville, Iowa Lynwood - Clarksville, Iowa Old Town - Clarksville, Iowa Pleasant Valley - Clarksville, Iowa Butler Center - Butler County, Iowa St. Mary's Catholic - Greene, Iowa Memorial Park - Austinville, Iowa Ackley Christian Reform - Ackley, Iowa St. Patrick's - Parkersburg Memorial - Austinville, Iowa Ackley Reformed - Ackley, Iowa
I added many photos for McCallsburg Cemetery and Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene, Iowa. I will be adding more photos when possible.
My wonderful Jiffy has crossed the "Rainbow Bridge". I would love it if you stopped by her memorial. Thanks so much! 🐱 Jiffy Buxton
Lichens You left a photo for one of my memorials. You noted it was covered with lichens and hard to read. I always take a metal brush with me when taking photos. Costs about 3-4 dollars at WalMart. Made by Stanley. About a foot long. THis does a wonderful job of scrapping off the lichens but doesn't damage the stone. Another hint. If dark stone many times can't read the writing in photo. So lightly rub handful of flour over stone and it fills the writing making it legible. For white stones same problem. I use cocoa for those. Then can dust it off with brush afterward or let mother nature wash it off. I carry a kit with brush, small bag of flour and box of cocoa. This also helps when have a badly weathered stone and writing is hardly there any more. Hope you find this helpful.
RE: Harjehausen Yes thank you, I would love to add them to family. Most of the family grew up in Auglaize Co OH, only 2 went to Iowa. I did a lot of our genealogy research with ggrandson Harold Harjehausen who passed not long ago. I have some pictures I can add, if you saw Caroline Harjehausen Fark (my ggggrandmother #24542803) I found her pictures and was over the moon. I have more to add which is wonderful. Thank you for offering to transfer other Harjehausen family, so very kind of you. It truly means so much since most of our ancestors are in contestants hands.
Gladys Miller in Greene, Iowa Hello, Gladys is my grandmother. Thank you so much for adding the photo of the Miller Headstones in Greene's Rose Hill cemetery. The full shot with names overlaid is very helpful. I appreciate the work you put into making it.
Margaret DeMar Thank you for providing the update for the memorial AND for your delightful photos. I really like being able to read the gravestone so that I can add the transcription to the memorial, especially for a child.