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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
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If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
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Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
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OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
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Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
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But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
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Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
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And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
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PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
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Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine and if you'll provide me with supporting documentation. I've never asked for proof of relationship before, but the tone of recent messages and the drive of some people to add as many notches to their gun belts as possible, has prompted my new "policy."
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Armstrong History
Just a Note . . . . .
Hi - I "stumbled upon" your bio page and REALLY LOVE your thoughts! GREAT ADVISE ! You must be a counselor or someone with lots of wisdom! *smile* I was wondering . . . when you have a chance if you would send me your photo tips explained on your bio page? I am always looking for way to make improvements. As I was going through the listing on the "Sunnyview Cemetery" (Winnebago Co, Wisconsin)I was interested in related family members to those buried in the "poor-house" cemetery - definitely a sad situation when no one claims your dead body. . . . anyway, the memorial page you created and photographed for Mary Angerine #77027904 has a sibling Pharcellus in Sunnyview #99188409 . . . that's how I "stumbled upon" your wisdom that came at just the perfect time!! We were Midwest transplants to Boston and after many, many years out east now are Midwesterners again . . . Vermont is a BEAUITFUL state! My email address is: armstronghistory@yahoo.com Many thanks again!
Added by Armstrong History on Aug 26, 2014 10:04 PM
Natalie Smith
Thank you!
Thank you for taking such a nice picture of Emily Hills Tubbs' gravestone! I appreciate it very much! It is a lovely picture.
Added by Natalie Smith on Aug 23, 2014 6:45 AM
Theresa Latimer
Thank You
Thank you for the picture of my 5x great grandfather Ephraim Fisher - I really appreciate it
Added by Theresa Latimer on Aug 16, 2014 7:22 PM
Lori Bell
Thank You!
I just returned from vacation to find the wonderful photos you took of my 2x great-grandmother! Thank you so much! I live in Washington state so it would be difficult for me to visit the cemetery. I love having a photo for each relative.

Warm Regards,

Lori Bell
Added by Lori Bell on Aug 16, 2014 6:35 PM
Sabina
D. W. Hodge
Janet...thanks for another great find and photo! Happy trails.
Added by Sabina on Aug 15, 2014 2:53 PM
Charles Thompson
Ebenezer Moulton
Thanks very much for the grave stone photo for Ebenezer Moulton.
Chuck Thompson
Added by Charles Thompson on Aug 15, 2014 7:14 AM
TT
Thank you Janet
Janet is a kind and generous person who went above and beyond a simple request I made of her.

Thank you, Janet !
Added by TT on Aug 09, 2014 6:50 AM
amberlynnbob
Thank You
Thank you very much for taking a picture of my ancestors grave. It is much appreciated.
Added by amberlynnbob on Aug 04, 2014 11:48 AM
MTB
Moses & Lydia Clark
I would like to thank you very much for the wonderful pictures of their graves. I hope you don't mind if I have pasted them into my Ancestry database. I will attribute you as the photographer.

Again thanks ever so much.

mtb #47315654
Added by MTB on Aug 03, 2014 10:05 AM
Mary Davy
Mayo Grave Photo
Hi Janet == thanks so much for photographing the Joseph and Lucy Mayo grave marker. Wow ! What a beautiful marker it is and in such great shape! They are my 5 G grandparents.

-Mary R. Davy
Added by Mary Davy on Aug 03, 2014 8:15 AM
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