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CryptoGram (#46897564)
 member for 9 years, 7 months, 10 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.

RE: erroneous memorials in Santa Fe National Cemetery ~ ALL people buried in ALL National Cemeteries are findable at VetGravesLocator

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.

As the activity on FindAGrave 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.

When the picture "request" function first started, pix were limited in size to 250K: a comparatively tiny 1/32 of 8M now allowed. Back then 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.

Us'uns who are willing & able: little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I've encountered snakes, dogs, & Black Widow spiders...and been told creepy tales about the LIVING I might encounter.

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 rotten apple plus a few manipulators, stalkers, and green-eyed game players...especially the ones who post wrong poor-quality pictures on purpose, change names &/or places of burial to make originals look like duplicates, &/or put deaths willy-nilly into incorrect cemeteries just to inflate their "contributions" and then get huffy & vindictive when others notice the obvious, require the rest of us in the barrel to ignore the inappropriate comedy of their intentional errors.

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, but some members there and elsewhere online lifted pictures I DID add to FindAGrave ~ ESPECIALLY of KINFOLK ~ & reposted them as their own with no credit given. 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, they're 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.

Why I got 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 head-smacks in research are people assumed to be kids of step-parents when the bio-parent (usually mother) died too young & seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly called "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 restoring ladies' kids &/or 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.
(sung by Bobby Goldsboro in 1970...when he & God were watching Scotty grow)

God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)
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THANK YOU!! Thanks for trying to find Samuel Orcutt. Janet Orcutt
Added by JLORCUTT on Oct 15, 2016 3:42 PM
C. Maybach (Stowitts)
Polly Henderson
Thank you SO much for the gracious time and gorgeous photograph of where Polly is, well should be :) I appreciate your efforts and from the photograph, it looks like it was a beautiful day to be out. Thank you!
Added by C. Maybach (Stowitts) on Oct 15, 2016 2:43 PM
RE: FAG 59749077 Martin Steinthal UPDATE
I am honored to be able to help in the quest to identify one of our missing many and to give back a part of who he/they were. All that you expressed is encouragement you give to me and others. Thank you for the work you and your husband have done over many years and you continue to fulfill. Thank you for updating our Mr. Steinthal! Best regards always, edmusic
Added by edmusic on Oct 12, 2016 12:14 PM
Vivian Ingalls
It appears I overlooked thanking you for getting a photo of Vivian's stone. Thanks so much for your time. Linda
Added by Linda on Oct 12, 2016 11:14 AM
Meldon Jones
thank you for using your time and talents. You are appreciated. Blessings...
Added by litprof4 on Oct 12, 2016 6:34 AM
Jay Warner
Thank you for all the photos.
Added by Jay Warner on Oct 11, 2016 7:26 AM
Jon Saunders
RE: Riverside Cemetery
Yes, that is my granddaughter. She turns six next month and still loves me to read to her - every chance she gets. Lives in Milwaukee, so I get up to WI 2 or 3 times a year. Planning on a week of research in Janesville after Thanksgiving.
Added by Jon Saunders on Oct 10, 2016 12:17 PM
Diane Burke
manley and nettie grove
thanks so much for the pictures! I doubt if I'll ever get to New York, so this is a great gift you've given me!
Added by Diane Burke on Oct 09, 2016 2:27 PM
M Bryant
Thank you
Thank you very much for the photos for William Slater and Blanche Schwenk. It is much appreciated!
Added by M Bryant on Oct 08, 2016 11:55 AM
Beverly Dunn
Elbert Fred Weaver 1939 - 2002
Riverside Cemetery, Belfast, Allegany Co., NY, Section A Lot 41, Find A Grave Memorial# 13441620. Thank you for fulfilling my photo request. Your time and dedication is truly appreciated.

Best wishes,
Bev Dunn
Cincinnati, OH
Added by Beverly Dunn on Oct 07, 2016 6:08 PM
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