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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.

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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Stuart Strout Woodside Skolfield
Ham Family
These must be right. I have changed all thanks to you. I can hardly believe my eyes and all the time I have spent on the wrong information I have received. I am going threw this with another family too. Your Friend, Stuart
Added by Stuart Strout Woodside Sk... on Aug 08, 2014 1:46 PM
Stuart Strout Woodside Skolfield
Hamm Family
I do not want to change my memorials till I get photos of there grave. I have added the information that I think is correct, Your Friend, Stuart
Added by Stuart Strout Woodside Sk... on Aug 08, 2014 9:31 AM
Deborah Tripp Probert
Hersey Cem. broken headstones
Tim- was @ E.Sumner Increase Robinson Library Aug.4 & hope to visit the Hersey Cemetery in W.Sumner this month to investigate repair needs of Hersey headstones (I took MOCAs restoration wkshop in St.George in May.) Do you know who to contact to obtain permission for repairs, or if anyone has sought MOCA assistance?
Many thanks for the photo you added for me :)
Deborah Tripp Probert
Added by Deborah Tripp Probert on Aug 07, 2014 9:54 PM
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Elwood Enos Edgecomb
You added a obituary as a photo. This is not allowed. It is here.

I have sent a lot added by others in and they have remove them. If you write the obituary I will add it to the bio.
Added by Stone Finders on Aug 06, 2014 5:57 AM
Dr John Ordway Webster
A review of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery sexton records do not indicate John Ordway Webster is buried in Magnolia. I also checked the records of Church Street Cemetery with negative results for John. It is the only other cemetery in the city of Mobile that would fit the time frame for your entry.
Added by G-Man on Aug 05, 2014 6:56 PM
S. Walker
LAMBERT photos
Thank you Tim & Grace for the Bancroft Lambert photos at Togus Nat Cem. Much appreciated!
Added by S. Walker on Aug 02, 2014 1:36 PM
Bill West
RE: John Farrar & Rebecca Coburn in Mount Vernon Cemetery
Sorry it isn't a better shot. The engravings on the stones are very faint and I tried taking shots at different times of day but it didn't matter.

I've linked John and Rebecca to their son John C Farrar with a memorial for him and two photos of the two headstones with his name on them. I took those two photos on the same days as the one for Rebecca and John and you can see how much better they came out.

BTW, Rebecca is my distant cousin through our mutual descent from Edward Colborne.

Added by Bill West on Jul 26, 2014 11:08 AM
Bonnie Kies
RE: Bettie Gertrude Wheeler McIntire buried in Chesterville
If your talking about the Frances on the stone that was my Aunt my Uncle Delmont's wife
Added by Bonnie Kies on Jul 25, 2014 10:29 PM
Bonnie Kies
RE: Bettie Gertrude Wheeler McIntire buried in Chesterville

you used to be able to click on this site and it would show you all the cemeteries but for what ever reason it doesn't work anymore
Well not the link above but the link I got from it

A town map of burial grounds is available at

that's the link that no longer works
Added by Bonnie Kies on Jul 25, 2014 9:30 PM
Bonnie Kies
RE: Bettie Gertrude Wheeler McIntire buried in Chesterville
My cousin told me at the time that it was called Lowell Cemetery in Chesterville, Franklin, Me. Don't think she took a photo of the other side if anything is on the other side. This is the photo that was sent me. In doing other searches in Maine there are many cemeteries that have never been Photoed. I had a map thing of all the cemeteries before but think they changed the site. One such cemetery was Nowell # 49
York Village
York County, ME

I guess these cemeteries some are located on private lands or lost in the woods. the one for Nowell #49 was for Samuel Linscott 1787-1864 There were several cemeteries listed as McIntire/McIntyre
Added by Bonnie Kies on Jul 25, 2014 9:17 PM
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