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Melissa Strobel (#47687800)
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Bio Photo I blame my mother for this.

When I was a young girl, my mother was our girl scout troop leader. One of our projects was to learn how to read headstones in a local cemetery. Not only did she get my hooked on genealogy, but I've harbored this love affair with cemeteries ever since.

During my teen years my best friend's house was right next to a cemetery, and take a wild stab at where we spent a lot of time? But I loved those places, and that was where I would go to think things through, or just to have some time to myself. Fortunately I had a boyfriend (now my husband) who was amazingly tolerant of my odd interests, and eventually started to share them. He can read a stone when others would have given it up long before.

I am now a historian by training, and an archivist by profession. When I first found Find A Grave it was in its early years and I didn't have a lot of use for a site that just did "famous" gravesites. During a research stretch I discovered it again, and it appealed to me on several levels. This site seems to solve several "problems" that I've had over the years, mostly involving indexing, photographing and presenting in some coherent fashion graves of one sort or another for one purpose or another. I've enjoyed my stay so far.

My philosophy with this project is: everyone deserves to be remembered. From the oldest to the youngest, the greatest to least. All deserve to have a memorial. I tend to focus on damaged and eroded gravestones, and cemeteries that appear to be "at risk". Generally that means (to me) the places and stones that are quickly eroding, have taken undue amounts of damage due to the environment or vandalism, or are neglected in some other way. Given my background and specialization in early regional history up to the Civil War period, these tend to be what catch my eye as well.

Having said that I'm like a sugared-up kid in a candy store armed with a camera and a notebook when presented with a cemetery of any form. It keeps me out of trouble. Usually.
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Haggerty Family Connections
Hi Melissa,

Many thanks for all you do here at Findagrave. I so appreciate you attaching all the Haggerty's I was able to find for my aunt Mary Ann!
It's so nice to know you take the time to actually add the info instead of just accepting it!!


Added by angiek on Mar 25, 2015 11:57 AM
S. J. Noel Kondek
Photo for Beaken Jr. on Beaken Sr Memorial
Hi Melissa,
Staying warm, I trust.
Could you please move your tombstone photo from Harry T. Beaken Sr. (#119516785) to Harry T. Beaken Jr. (#143182201) memorial?
Thank you!
Added by S. J. Noel Kondek on Mar 01, 2015 12:23 AM
Jean Ohai
Polly Hickenlooper 100549215
Please cancel the edit I just submitted. I'm not absolutely sure that she is the daughter of 100549116 Adam Hickenlooper. Let me do a little more research.

There should be three Adam Hickenloopers in this cemetery, according to the printed records:

23:15-16-17 Hickenlooper, Adam d 10-4-1832 ae 67
24:15-16-17 Hickenlooper, Polly d 1-30-1821 ae 20
25:15-16-17 Hickenlooper, Adam d 1-10-1838 ae 2 mo
26:15-16-17 Hickenlooper, Adam s/o Adam
d 10-10-1841 aged 4-11-10
Added by Jean Ohai on Dec 09, 2014 1:48 AM
Charles E. Harris
Leroy Harris Mem#119481891
I left you a message in July asking if you could correct the information on my 2d Cousin Leroy.
Wondering if you seen it or not.
If you can please correct.

Charles E. Harris
Added by Charles E. Harris on Dec 04, 2014 10:47 PM
Kim & JM Talboo
RE: Kellerman tombstone
You are most welcome. Enjoy.

Added by Kim & JM Talboo on Oct 19, 2014 4:34 PM
Ambrose Noel
Thank you for this and many other photos.
Added by mygenpassion on Oct 17, 2014 2:40 AM
Karen Schmiech
Easly Grave Photos
Dear Melissa,

Thanks so much for locating gravesites of my ancestors, Ferdinand & Margaret Easly in St. Vincent's Cemetery. I appreciate your efforts in assisting me to fill in the blanks of my family tree.


Karen L. Schmiech
Added by Karen Schmiech on Oct 02, 2014 1:11 PM
Shevi Tarler
RE: Queer Correction Unity Cemetery
thank you
Added by Shevi Tarler on Sep 29, 2014 6:20 PM
Dennis Rose
McConnells et al
Thank you Melissa for all the photos i keep running into on relatives memorials, they are very much appreciated. Also thank you making some of the memorials as i was not sure where some of them were. Thank you again for all you are doing. Denny
Added by Dennis Rose on Jul 20, 2014 6:07 AM
Charles E. Harris
Harris Family
Ref last message (Unity Cem)
Many of my relatives are buried in Unity including my Mom and Dad, Floyd Robert Harris and Mary Grace Harris (Walters)(Sect R). Rachel Ann Harris (Powell) My G GM, along with G Uncle Franklin (Frank) and John and my GF Harry Robert Harris' second wife (Myrtle Edith Harris) (Lewis) are buried in Section F and there are no grave headstones. My GF Harry Robert is buried in Sect F Single Grave and my Brother Clarence Braden Harris b. 25 Oct 1927 d. 25 Oct 1927 is also buried in Section F (No headstone). G GM Rachael Ann Harris (Powell) was married to my G GF William Harris who is buried in St. Vincent Cem. I believe the only Harris in the Cem. He was a Civil War Veteran who died in Nov 1905 in Monastery Slope (Lloydsville). I was born in Latrobe and when I left the area in 1950 we were living in Lloydsville. I now live in Louisiana.

Charles E. Harris
Added by Charles E. Harris on Jul 07, 2014 3:34 PM
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