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Tim & Grace (#46907821)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.

This new edit system is pretty good. It makes it possible to edit memorials belonging to "Fallen Gravers" , whether they be deceased or just gave up. the problem though is that since memorials now show up as "hints" on, many novices are submitting edits based on unverified sources. It takes time to verify edits when they are submitted. It would be great if source information could be attached to the edit request. In the meantime, it would be helpful if people could submit edit "other" with source documentation along with the edit.
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Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.

I will [Transfer] memorials.
I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...

If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.

I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.

I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.

Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did.
Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone.
When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.

By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!

Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!

"Live Long and Prosper!" \V/,
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Gail Kelly
RE: Sacre Bleau!
I had my daughter help with all the French...she took it in high school. Made me really appreciate those that were in English..

Added by Gail Kelly on Dec 05, 2016 10:04 AM
Gail Kelly
John Baptist, Calvary Cemetery Skowhegan
Hi Tim,
You sent me a correction of a correction, but I am not sure which way to make it. Was he 68 or 88?
And I understand your plight with the cursor....hang in there; man will beat the machine!
Added by Gail Kelly on Dec 05, 2016 9:42 AM
Pamela R
RE: Chamberlins in Mount Vernon Cemetery
Your Welcome. If there are any others just let me know. I have been spending a lot of time at Mt Vernon lately.
Added by Pamela R on Nov 19, 2016 7:25 PM
Re Barnabas B Russell
Barnabas has also another child, I'm sure by Nancy Groves or Mary A Tozier. He is known as William Erastus Russell. I Would be safer to say he is Nancy's son where he was born in Etna, Me 1847 and died in Seattle, Washington, Nov 5, 1903. He is also in Alaska with his brother, Charles K Russell. I have the info if you would like to see it.

Thank you,
Kim Kitsos
Added by KIM KITSOS on Nov 08, 2016 6:42 AM
Chris Collman
Fairfax VT and Learners
Just a thanks for all the information about Joseph Learner 33075202. Doing a random act of kindness and was pleasantly surprised by what you posed about the Learner gravesite and family. You and Barb Destromp have given me all sorts of clues via Find A Grave. I appreciate the amount of time and energy it takes!!!!!
Added by Chris Collman on Nov 07, 2016 6:56 AM
Dean McMakin
William Gaylord stone in Illinois
I wish to inform all who are interested that the William Gaylord military marker which was erroneously placed in the Rockton cemetery was pulled up yesterday and is in a safe place. The goal is to eventually transport the stone to its proper place in Michigan, but first, since the military provided the marker, the transfer of the stone to Michigan must be cleared by the military before it can be moved. Also, the sexton for the Rockton cemetery will try to get a stone for William Galen who is actually buried here, but I don't know if she will succeed. The Gaylord stone was originally installed by Gravestonehuggers cemetery restoration of Nashville, Indiana. They mounted it into a heavy sleeve, and the combined weight of the sleeve and the stone is about 300 lbs. The sexton waited to act on the removal of the stone until Gravestonehuggers could return to our cemetery. They have been restoring the oldest stones here over the past five years. An article about the stone was published in the November 4. 2016 issue of the Beloit Daily News.
Added by Dean McMakin on Nov 04, 2016 3:36 PM
Kathy Manning
Mercier, George and Waltzing Matilda
Bless your heart and THANK YOU!
Added by Kathy Manning on Oct 25, 2016 7:39 PM
Lin McNamara
RE: Prestons and Bronsons in Sacramento City Cemetery
Tim, the monument is not in the Rose Garden but in the Old Odd Fellows Section and near, unfortunately, behind some Coke machines. There aren't any more markers in the plot. There are two big bush plants (one on each side of the monument)in the plot. It is a long narrow plot on the side of the section. I can get a plot photo trying to exclude the Coke Machines and try to get the monuments in front of the Prestons & Bronsons. Let me know if this will work. Lin P.S. I'm volunteering Thursday at the cemetery if you want to talk to me when you call. Lin
Added by Lin McNamara on Oct 25, 2016 2:52 PM
Valarie Vine
Royal Preston
Transfer has been made. Sacramento City Cemetery, by the way is a gem of an old cemetery. Beautiful flowers, especially roses, that bloom in the spring and are tended by volunteers. The oldest burial goes back to 1849. Glad you found Royal!
Added by Valarie Vine on Oct 24, 2016 11:11 AM
William Holmes
I have turned this memorial over to you.
Added by Lucy on Oct 21, 2016 6:45 PM
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