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CatheaC (#47339429)
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Bio Photo I visited Find-A-Grave for years filling in blanks on my family tree. After retirement I decided to become a contributor too. I wanted to "pay it forward" by helping others find their relatives buried here in central Oklahoma. (2000)

(2014) I have now turned my attention to Indiana. I am working with a cousin to add memorials and photographs to the thousands of old cemeteries there. He does the leg work and I do the desk work.
I wish more people (other than F/G volunteers) understood the importance of what volunteers are doing here. We are preserving history, allowing family from all over the country to 'see' their loved ones' burial locations, and providing a valuable genealogical resource. Lately I have heard more and more stories of cemeteries not allowing volunteers to shoot photographs or charging $5 to look up the location of just one burial. I don't know if it's the influx of volunteers who are too eager to do their job or just the lack of understanding for what we do.
I wish they understood that we ARE honoring and respecting the dead by making sure they are remembered!
I look at Find-a-Grave as my new "job" because I get to work with people who have a common purpose and love of what they are doing. The 99% of helpful, friendly, and cooperative people I find here more than out weigh the three people I have run into who are vicious and hateful. You will run into them, but know that they are the minority here and don't let them discourage you.


1. Take a photo of the entire tombstone first, then get a close-up of the name if it is hard to read on the whole view. Try to fill the frame with the stone and not the surrounding countryside, homes, cars, etc.
2. Look for your reflection or shadow in the tombstone BEFORE you take the picture! Stand to the side to prevent reflection.
3. Squat in order to get on the same level as the tombstone - don't stand and shoot down at a sharp angle.
4. If the stone is vertical, take the picture vertically - it will display on the memorial much larger than horizontally. PLEASE DO NOT put the picture up sideways!!! This is very disrespectful!! If you don't know how to turn it, ask me and I will try to help.

We are trying to preserve history so we want the very best pictures possible - it may be all that survives!

** My photos may be used for any nonprofit purpose - ONLY IF - you give credit by listing your source so others can find it. Noting the source INCLUDES the photographer's name, and the Find-a-Grave memorial number or website.**
Some of my family surnames:
KENTUCKY - Durrett, Skaggs, Pierce, Bloyd, Thompson, Cantrell, Elmore, Chaudoin
ILLINOIS - Mingee, Thornton, Gilreath, McNeese, Harris, Strader, McCrady
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Dennis Moore
Rosemary Ball
Thank you for the time you spend and the good work you do!!
Added by Dennis Moore on Aug 30, 2014 12:52 PM
Tom Bentley Transfer
Thanks for the Thomas Bentley transfer.
Kenny Napper
Added by Familysearcher on Aug 24, 2014 9:59 PM
Sharon Gerber
RE: Backes Families in OK.
Just want to THANK YOU so much for adding photos of the headstones of my Great Grandmother's sister, Mary Elizabeth Backes' family in Watonga, OK. They moved there from MN. @ 1900. Are you related to them, too?!
Added by Sharon Gerber on Aug 19, 2014 9:05 AM
D Angel
RE: Bloyd's
God bless you, you have done a great work for our families. wardrhea1953
Added by D Angel on Aug 11, 2014 3:21 PM
Gaye Hill
RE: Ethel Mullendore
Hello CatheaC,

Thank you very much for the updates completed.

When I research my own family tree I cannot pass by the obituaries of others.

I am not related to this family, but I see others are researching this linage.

Thank you for being a Find A Grave member and for posting this memorial.

Gaye Hill
Added by Gaye Hill on Aug 10, 2014 10:42 AM
Doris Christensen
RE: stroud
Whoops - sorry about that. The pictures have been put on the right memorial now! Thanks for catching my goof.
Added by Doris Christensen on Aug 08, 2014 2:36 PM
Thanks for the transfer
Thanks for the Damon Bale transfer. Some Find A Grave Contributors wouldn't do it, just because they don't have to.
Kenny Napper
Added by Familysearcher on Aug 01, 2014 4:05 PM
Elam Milby
Thanks for checking on this for me, I don't want to connect someone if they are not suppose to be
Added by leslie on Jul 30, 2014 7:41 PM
Elam Milby
Was this Elam Milby ever married to a Sarah Ann Wilson?
Added by leslie on Jul 17, 2014 10:43 AM
sherri schaefer bagby
Bagby updates
Thank you for processing updates for Bagby family members and for creating memorials.

Added by sherri schaefer bagby on Jul 07, 2014 10:10 AM
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