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William Roha (#47313371)
 member for 4 years, 8 months, 2 days
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I will be out of the country for 3 weeks. I may have Internet access and will try to stay current with "new-style" edits which don't conflict with other information. Since I won't have my research/history with me, any "controversial" updates will be delayed until I return...just barely within the 21-day automatic update window.

Submitting a SAC ("Suggest a Correction" on the Edit tab) is ONLY way to give me the information I need for corrections or transfer requests. I will not make changes from public messages. Please don't make me turn off public messages. (Public messages don't have the necessary links to do changes efficiently.)

I am giving priority to edits done the "new" (Dec 2013) way using the individual options for dates, names, etc. rather than the old-style "Suggest any other correction or addition". I recognize the deficiency of not being able to add a note to me with the new-style. The beta testers lobbied to have that removed. If you think it should be restored, go to the forums and lobby for it.

I have entered a number of memorials from cemetery registers. I know these are incomplete (and possibly incorrect.) You may send SACs as fast and frequently as you like. You do NOT need to limit yourself to 20/week or any fixed number per day.

I am more than willing to consider the transfer of any memorials I have entered to others who have a closer relationship, especially if the intent is to improve the data here instead of just collecting relatives. Please state your relationship in the SAC when requesting a transfer. If you can't put the relationship in words, perhaps I should retain management of the memorial until someone more closely related requests it. I'm looking for an exact relationship, not "my great-grandmother was a Smith". (If you want management simply to consolidate your relatives, take a look at Virtual Cemeteries as a way to do this.)

And please don't tell me the reason you want management is so you can link to parents and spouse. It makes me think you either don't know how to use Suggest a Correction to request such updates or you doubt my ability to create the link.

Again, please don't send corrections to my e-mail. Use the Edit/Suggest a Correction on the memorial.

I (may) have removed my e-mail from normal display since that seems to be the only way to avoid having transfer requests or other corrections sent directly to that address. If you want to contact me for another reason, I use gmail and my ID there is billroha.

I normally make changes from Suggest a Correction within 24 hours. Sometimes it may be longer if I'm on an extended trip. If it gets near the 30-day maximum time, feel free to send another Suggest a Correction.

Earlham Cemetery photographs:
At one point local photographers had whittled the list down to 10 requests.
11/22/12 - 374
12/20/12 - 151
3/29/13 - 194
3/31/13 - 154
8/26/13 - 194
(Another contributor has photographed every memorial at Earlham Cemetery and is now in the long process of adding them. Once he finishes, I may take another look at checking out any remaining photo requests.)

Willliam updates
A pet peeve is misspelling "William". As of March 3, there were 1713 with 3Ls instead of 2. I sent updates for all of them. Status is:
3/11 911 pending, 7 declined
(The declined are from people who couldn't see there was a change. When explained to them, the change was made.)

From the Find A Grave FAQs:
What are your memorial naming conventions?

Suffixes and Prefixes do not belong in any Name Field.

Maiden Name
Maiden name of a married individual, if known (otherwise leave blank)

I naively assumed that knowing the FindAGrave standards for names would make a difference to some. Lesson learned. For those who care:

FindAGrave naming conventions

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Elaine Durrin
George Leon Reeves
First, thank you for adding my grandfather's grave site to this forum. I would like to give you more information about him. I am not sure that I can add this info. His Date of Birth: 13 August 1906 His death: 3 April 1955. He was married to Estelle Thompson Reeves. He had 3 children: Dorothy Lee Reeves, b. 25 June 1937 - d. 17 May 1980, Jesse Clyde Reeves, b. I don't know his date of birth, but he is still alive.

Thank You,
Added by Elaine Durrin on Mar 02, 2015 1:05 AM
Debbie Alberts
re cousin connect
Hi Bill,
Just checking to see if this is the right Bill Roha. Are you David's brother? I had a major computer crash right after David died and I lost all info and all of my other books are in storage. I have tried emailing Kathy to no avail. So if this is you can you contact me @
Thanks Debbie Rohe Alberts
Added by Debbie Alberts on Feb 27, 2015 2:30 PM
k acree
RE: Rhoda Carpenter Shepardson
Hi -- my tree shows a Phoebe Rhoda Carpenter Shepardson, married to Seth Shepardson (senior). She was born 1765, unknown location, died unknown year in Pennsylvania. Maybe we ARE related!

I trace my lineage back from Seth Shepardson to Daniel Shepardson born in Tring, England and died 1644 in MA and before him all I can find is a Thomas Shepardson. I'd appreciate info on the English Shepardsons.

I am also related to the Fuller family by a marriage of Elizabeth Fuller to John Shepardson (late 1600s). If you have Fuller blood, I have info back to 1423 on them. I plan to visit Harlestone, Redenhall, Norfolk this summer hoping to see some Fuller graves, plaques, etc.

we live in hope!

K Acree

Added by k acree on Feb 23, 2015 3:47 AM
RE: Elcaney Wilcox
Hi again,

Link to Elcaney Wilcox's birth record on FamilySearch:

Added by Anna on Feb 17, 2015 11:28 AM
RE: Ida Olinger Wilcox
Hi William,

My source for her birth date is from a birth record on FamilySearch:

It's also 1878 on her marriage record:

Added by Anna on Feb 16, 2015 3:43 PM
Faye Ann
RE: Rebecca Scarce
I am sorry. It is May 17, 1891
Added by Faye Ann on Feb 16, 2015 2:32 PM
Faye Ann
RE: Rebecca Scarce

Rebecca Scarce is listed as having died 17 May 1891 in Fountain City, Indiana,

(William died 20 May 1891)
Added by Faye Ann on Feb 16, 2015 12:36 PM
Judi Schoonover
RE: Francenia Dale
Hi William, Francenia's birth date comes US Passport Application index. Her death date comes from Californian Death Index. Both can be found on

Judi Schoonover
Added by Judi Schoonover on Feb 14, 2015 12:23 PM
Just one more comment. When you upload information and pictures, if you would look at the headstone picture there is additional information you could be putting on the memorials which would help people find and identify their loved ones. I started sending you corrections, but there are just too many. Also, there is a great site for this cemetery and others, where you can find even more information like the internment date and funeral home. I tell you this since you seem to like to keep the memorials for yourself so I'm sure you will want to do due dilligence in getting all pertinent info on that a family member would do.


PS...FamilySearch's rule is don't change what you see even if it doesn't make sense. Willliam would have to stay.
Added by sukiyhtaky on Feb 03, 2015 6:44 PM
Just a comment for your edict on Willliam. I index a lot of records for FamilySearch and others. I have indexed several hundred thousand names, as a matter of fact. The standard rule of thumb is that you transcribe what you see. If there are lll 3 l's, we index 3 l's. Unless you have done your own research and have specific documented proof for all the Willliam's you are pushing people to change, I would suggest to you that you need to rethink that in the context of the rules of the indexing world and organizations like FamilySearch whose credentials are unmatched.

Added by sukiyhtaky on Feb 03, 2015 6:07 PM
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