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My grandmother used to tell me that I had an 'old soul' as I've always enjoyed family history and strolling through cemeteries. I enjoy walking amongst the stones reading inscriptions and expressions of sorrow and grief. I find cemeteries to be places for peace and contemplation. Now that I'm retired my time is spent photographing headstones as a means of preserving history.|
Grave markers are replaced in National Cemeteries; usually because the spouse has passed away. Having a 'before' photo is documenting history.
I have a special affinity for World War I veterans (because of my grandfather), World War II (because of my uncles), VietNam (my father, brother and several cousins) and Persian Gulf (another brother). My nephew has served a deployment in the Middle East. The US military and veterans remain a part of my life. I'm thrilled but yet humbled to photograph the grave marker of a veteran and those of his or her family members.
I also have a special interest in the German people and families that helped San Antonio and South Texas grow and develop.
My paternal grandfather was an immigrant from Scotland. The Scots keep great records. If you need any help or guidance in researching Scottish family members; I'd be happy to offer my help.
Placing grave marker photos,tombstone photos, or family photos on Find A Grave is a wonderful way to share with the world (and for free!) the life of each and every person. As such, it is the complete opposite of Ancestry which shares only with its fee-paying clientale.
With the exception of my own personal family photos, photos I post can be used by others for their personal, private and/or non-commercial use. If you want to post them to Ancestry, please respect my efforts. Do NOT copy my photos to ancestry.com without giving me credit. Simply copy and paste:
© 2009-2013 CynC on Find A Grave. Used with permission.
I'd appreciate a note letting me know you have copied them.
Please, stop by a cemetery and take your camera. Get photos of those tombstones and markers before they disappear by sinking into the ground, marred by vandalism, destroyed by Mother Nature or are replaced.
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|Maria Russell||Borrego Cem. in Bexar Co. Tx.|
Could you please tell me if this cemetery has a lock in the gate? I notice that you took headstone photos.
Would appreciate a reply at your convenience.
|Jo Meredith||Walter Charles Beneke Jr tombstone photo|
Thank you for your photo of the Walter Charles Beneke Jr tombstone; but especially for indicating on Find A Grave that others may use the photo, with credit being given to you. I would like to add it to my Ancestry tree &, of course, will give you credit for the lovely photo. Jo M.
|Tamrak||Lamar E Matthews Headstone|
Thank you so much for your efforts. When we cannot visit the grave of our ancestors, this is such a lovely service! Do you photograph the reverse of these headstones? I have found that sometimes the wife is listed there. Also, how do I go about finding out who is buried next to my relative? There may be other relatives there.
Added by Tamrak on May 03, 2013 1:31 PM
|Joyce Escue Culver||Lyman Twedell|
He has been updated.
|Debbie Hays||Lillian Francis Parish Cadman|
You have placed this person in the Fairview Park Cemetery in St John, Stafford, Kansas. Her burial is actually in the Noel Cemetery in Noel, McDonald, Missouri, and there is a listing on Find a Grave in that cemetery, with a photo of her headstone. Just thought you might like to know. Debbie
|Ken Davis||Gravemarker photo use|
Find A Grave Memorial# 21005368 - Lt Col Merle D. Turner
I have used your photo of the Ft Sam Houston group gravemarker for Lt Col TURNER, Capt GOUCHER, MSgt PARADISE, and SSgt THROWER to document the burial of their remains at Ft Sam Houston Nat Cem. The marker photo (and other documents for these four men) will be available for public view on www.CoffeltDatabase.org. I have of course credited it as you prefer, and I thank you for making it available.
Member, The Coffelt Group
|Bob Robison||Using photo of Jesse B Priest|
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide these photos. I was very pleased to find a photo of my grandfather's tombstone at Ft Sam. I've copied it to my ancestry.com page and put your copyright notice in the description.
|Nalda Gibson||Arthur C. Bullock|
Thank you so much for having a copy of my Uncle Conard Bullock, plot: Section O Site 68. We visited about five years ago and my picture did not re copy as well as the one you have.
|Mariann ||Photo used|
I wanted to thank you for your efforts at Find a Grave. As you requested I copied and pasted the permission and also noted the find a grave memorial number when I posted your picture of Tilmon Tennessee New to my ancestry tree. My maternal grandmother was a New. Thanks so much.
Added by Mariann on Mar 25, 2013 2:24 PM
First, I want to compliment you on your contributions to Find a Grave. We had someone speak at our genealogy club that has made over 5000 entries and gave us a new understanding of the site. I am currently researching my CHITTICK side of the family. My grandmother was Sydney Johnstone Chittick (1903-1988).
I joined ancestry.com about 2 years ago and have only recently learned the difference between collecting names and researching my family. My original goal was to make sure my husband who passed away in 2002 was never forgotten. But now I am on the hunt for my ancestors.
With your permission I would like to attach the picture of your grandfather to my Shaw family tree on ancestry.com with proper acknowledgement.
Now I have a new mission to index and submit photos of my husbands family to Find a Grave.
I look forward to hearing from you. Do you think we are related?
Regards, Sandi Branz
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