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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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Elsie Harmon
Clara Henrietta Steimel Auchstetter 96739657
Hi, I made a mistake, Clara was the 2nd wife of Anton Auchstetter not Charles' wife.
Added by Elsie Harmon on Jan 15, 2017 9:11 PM
The gravestone photo for Gladys Lockett is not hers. Do you have a photo of her headstone? Do you know if her husband is buried there? Thank you.
Added by Janean on Jan 15, 2017 8:29 AM
Allison Carr-Schaechtel
Thank you soooo much for the photo submission. I appreciate it!
Added by Allison Carr-Schaechtel on Dec 31, 2016 4:23 AM
Cecil and Ailene Blue
Hi! May I use the gravestone photos for Cecil and Ailene Blue (Liberty Cemetery, Henry Co, IL) in my private online tree? It would be much appreciated.

Thanks for taking them, and Happy Holidays!

Added by Aileen on Dec 23, 2016 2:51 PM
RE: Hello clio
Zinkers! Love them and go out of my way to find and photograph them. I always take a picture of the manufacturer for my records. Unfortunately for your case, I live in the Midwest and nearly all of my pictures are of Western White and Detroit monuments.


Kim Porter (Clio)
Added by clio on Dec 12, 2016 1:50 PM
RE: Hello Teresa
I do not have any photos of manufacturers marks but the next time I go out and find a Bridgeport or Philly one I'll get a picture for might be a while until I'm back in the graveyards though winter is coming
Added by Teresa on Dec 11, 2016 3:49 AM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: Hello Neil
I do see them very seldom but the only cemetery that I remember is St. John's, Gibraltar, Berks, Pa. However, I don't remember who it was erected for. When O go there again I'll look for it.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Dec 10, 2016 5:20 PM
Kim Nelson
Nelson photo
Thank you for your time and efforts in providing photos of Gene's headstone as well as the family's much appreciated!
Added by Kim Nelson on Dec 04, 2016 9:00 AM
Thank You!
I really appreciate the photo request fulfilled!
Added by Mom on Dec 01, 2016 10:06 PM
Patti Richards
Thanks for doing all the Blashinsky photos!!
Added by Patti Richards on Dec 01, 2016 7:13 PM
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