|Connie A. (#47390019)|
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I live in Sonoma county, California. I stumbled on Find a Grave by accident after I Googled a family member.
I developed an interest in genealogy after a family reunion—it started with just my family, and now extends beyond. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined spending so much time in cemeteries photographing headstones throughout Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties. I hope my contribution helps you.
If you are new to Find a Grave I encourage you to familiarize yourself the site guidelines Help with Find a Grave. You will avoid mistakes and save yourself and others time. Creating your own set of rules only creates more work for everyone.
Consider joining the Forum it's full of suggestions and questions answered by other contributors.
If you encounter a difficult member, don't stoop to their level, I can assure you—they're NOT worth it! If your SAC goes uncorrected after 30 days, just forward your original SAC to email@example.com (bypassing the unresponsive/difficult contributor). Find a Grave will determine what should be corrected, and not someone who believes they have authority.
My photo-taking suggestions
Before you leave the house, have a plan. Once there, it's easy to become distracted and overwhelmed. Wear comfortable clothing and protective shoes. Remember to wipe off your camera lens often. You'll be disappointed when you get home and begin to upload your photos only to notice a finger smudge or water droplet on EVERY SINGLE photo—ugh! Watch where you stand when you take photos of certain headstones. If you can see your reflection in the headstone try standing off to one side. Check your camera settings before you start. Setting your camera to a higher resolution makes for a better photo. Find a Grave recently increased photos size to 8MB! Woohooo! Mine generally aren't that size, but they are almost over 1MB. This way someone viewing your photo can click on it a couple of times to view the photo up close.
My biggest mistake was cropping photos right to the edge of the headstone. Someone who has never seen the headstone before wouldn't know if it was mounted to a wall or building, in the ground surrounded by dirt/rock or lush green grass. When I spot one of my old photos I always take another photo and replace the old one.
What to bring with you
Camera...(duh); check your settings for outdoor use; extra, extra batteries; cemetery map if available; soft bristle brush to sweep off leaves, dirt, etc.; spray bottle (water brings out the lettering); cell phone (fully charged); sunscreen and a hat; something to eat, plenty of water; and Band aids (trust me).
Find a Grave's Quick tips:
• Uploading photos
• Suggest a correction (SAC) via the edit tab
• About duplicates
• Transferring memorials
• Women married more than once
• No posting of obituaries
• Virtual flowers (NO biographical info)
1) Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested if you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree.
2) Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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If you are rude or abusive I will report you.
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|CrabTreeHotSprings||RE: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa|
Thanks for letting me know.
I also requested that the duplicate be deleted and thanked, the over 1 year, not so new member for copying my photos to the duplicate.
|Jerry Rezendes||jason family|
I have many relations on the Jason side of the family, I would like to pick your brain, and try to fill in some gaps.
Jason, Annie is my Great grand mother.
Please contact me.
I did live in Penngrove before relocating to Utah.
|Rebeltem||RE: Miles Merriss Memorial|
Hi, it's okay about the cemetery. I did find where the Alameda Cemetery was previously called Alameda Presbyterian Cemetery, then a long list of other names and currently it is on Find A Grave and the Alameda Historical Soc. as Centerville Pioneer Cemetery; and also as Alameda Presbyterian Cemetery.
Thanks to you, I now have to question where Miles was buried also. His parents are buried in Oregon so I'll do a lot more checking; I was surprised to see that he died in California anyway. Last census in 1940 had him living in Oregon.
I don't know who added the "Alameda" Cemetery to Find A Grave, but at the Alameda Pioneer Cemetery there are 318 burials listed...so maybe that's where the burials from Alameda should be listed at.
Again, I thank you for your input and will be more careful when looking at Find A Graves List of cemeteries; never thought of checking to make sure that they were valid places before. :)
Added by Rebeltem on Nov 18, 2013 4:31 PM
|Rebeltem||Miles Merriss Memorial|
Thank you for your suggeston, however, there are 13 other burials listed at Alameda Cemetery.
I have looked thru my data on Miles and have a California Death Index Record showing he died in Alameda CA; will change burial to "Unknown" until I can obtain further info, but I do believe him to be buried there; maybe the cemetery has a different name now.
Thank you for your input, it is appreciated.
Added by Rebeltem on Nov 18, 2013 12:55 PM
Perfect. The stone is hard to read, but you have the dates exactly the way it reads. Thanks
|Jim Herman||Bertha Skinner|
With your accumulated experience at taking headstone photos, I must thank you for the one you felt compelled to download into her memorial. Your photo gives so much more perspective to the location of the headstone in the cemetery.
|Scrib & Barb Kelly||Ann & Asa Troy|
Thank you so much for the photo and the information.
What a wonderful idea to put the information on the marker of her husband to note the location in the cemetery. Your time and effort is very much appreciated by our family!
Barbara Dorman Kelly
|Kathleen Clemence||Alpheus H Tarrence|
Many thanks for making the updates and adding the link! Always good to work with you -
|Kathleen Clemence||RE: Flora E Roux, 118360648|
And thank YOU for all the updates, links, memorials, photos, etc. etc.! Really appreciate working with you -
|Tim & Gail||Charles Edwin Baetge|
I want to thank you for linking Charles to his parents. Have a great day.
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