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Har37x (#47671892)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.

Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.

I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013

When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.

If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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Kari Olson
RE: Rolston headstone photos in Greenfield Cemetery
Thanks , I sure appreciate it.
Added by Kari Olson on Nov 17, 2014 7:25 PM
Kari Olson
Rolston headstone photos in Greenfield Cemetery
Hi, I would love to add these headstone photos to my family tree on with the photo credit to you of course. Please let me know if you object to this or to let me know how you would prefer the photo credit worded. If I do not hear from you , I will assume it is okay to use it. Thanks so much.
Added by Kari Olson on Nov 16, 2014 11:13 AM
Carol Sherbeck Espiritu
Snow Tombstone Photographs
Thank you for photographing Prince, Loring, and Fannie's tombstones. Your service is greatly appreciated.
Added by Carol Sherbeck Espiritu on Nov 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Samuel Hopkins
Thank you for the great photos.
Added by Gloria on Nov 13, 2014 9:04 AM
Alan Jensen
Caleb & Lucy Cook
I saw my ancestors had a calculated spousal relationship (memorials 83570120 & 83570388). I submitted the actual year of marriage hoping to remove the calculated status. But now they each have two marriages. I confess I am a beginner. Can this be corrected (returned to one marriage)? Do I simply remove the spouse and date I submitted? How do I submit the edit correctly?
Added by Alan Jensen on Nov 12, 2014 4:03 PM
Jenny Lofgren
Anson pictures
Thanks so much for taking the Anson pictures at Oakland Cemetery. I was sad to see no markers there - I figure they must have been footstones or flat laying gravestones that got covered over with time. Anyway, thanks again for taking the time and contributing to Find A Grave. Your efforts are really appreciated.
Many Regards,
Jenny Lofgren
Added by Jenny Lofgren on Nov 12, 2014 8:07 AM
Russell Alan Babcock
RE: Ross Lee Cornelius
It turns out Ross Lee Cornelius is at the Oakland Cemetery in Freeport, Stephenson Co., Illinois. I will make the correction I do however have another member of my family who is in the Oakland Cemetery, Bureau Co., Noyes Bertrum KIMBERLEY d, 1908-1913 Block 56, lot 33, grave #2 if you have the chance to find him.
Added by Russell Alan Babcock on Nov 11, 2014 8:02 AM
Russell Alan Babcock
RE: Ross Lee Cornelius
I don't know why I said Church Cemetery, when I meant Oakland Cemetery. Again I'll try them and get back to you tomorrow.
Added by Russell Alan Babcock on Nov 10, 2014 4:20 PM
Russell Alan Babcock
RE: Ross Lee Cornelius
The information given to me by the church-cemetery was west side of Lot 358 and they did not give me a Block #. I will try & reach them in the morning. Many thanks for any additional help going forward.
Added by Russell Alan Babcock on Nov 10, 2014 4:09 PM
Kathy Brown
Chapel Cemetery, Bureau County
Thank you for posting the gravesite of the 5 Brown children, Phebe, Olive, Mark, Emma, Emily. There names are all on one stone. They died in a short period of time with three of them dying in 1878. I am wondering if there was a widespread disease at that time in the area. Do you know? I am so thrilled about finding them. I wish that when we were in Bureau County a couple years ago, we had known about these dear children. We would have visited there. I now have created memorials for their parents who moved to Iowa shortly after Emily died. And they are now connected to them. At last.
Added by Kathy Brown on Nov 09, 2014 12:26 PM
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