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Carol & Mel Hochstetler (#46859544)
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Bio Photo I have been working on our family trees sence 1975. I use to take my Mom with me to the old cemeteries and she'd tell me the old family stories of the ones that were here before Indiana & Michigan were states. I've been blessed to hear those stories all my life.
It is my intent to help the genealogists now and in the future with their family trees by sharing the information (news clippings & memory cards) saved by my Mother, Grandmother and Mel's Aunt Emma.
This site is important to Carol, so when she's not feeling her best, I've decided to help her out. Mel
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William Borneman
RE: Beardsley's
I still show several more pending approval:)
Added by William Borneman on Aug 04, 2015 2:57 PM
William Borneman
RE: Estella Beardsley
You're quite welcome.
I case you haven't noticed, I've just completed a "scrub" of all the Beardsleys in Elkhart County, with about 50 edits, to several contributors, and lots of "Please add" notes.
Please "holler" if you have any questions, etc.
A lot of research went into it!
Added by William Borneman on Jul 30, 2015 10:24 AM
Barb Szabo
William & Minnie Rabun
Thank you for the marriage date of William Rabun & his wife Minnie (Smith). I have added the info to their memorials. I am always grateful for any info on any member of my family.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
Added by Barb Szabo on Jul 27, 2015 11:12 PM
Janet Personette
RE: Effie Welsh
I added a note to her bio re the name spelling. Doris is linked to her mother. Who has the obit for her and can it be added to her page?
Added by Janet Personette on Jul 23, 2015 8:21 AM
Janet Personette
With the information you have supplied, I have added it to her Find A Grave page (122218458). I hope this helps clear up the mystery.
Added by Janet Personette on Jul 15, 2015 8:46 AM
Janet Personette
RE: Effie Welsh
Do you have an obit for her? Where is her daughter interred? Can they be linked?
Added by Janet Personette on Jul 15, 2015 8:34 AM
Michigan mother
RE: Guy Tallerday
You are most welcome. The pain & anguish that was felt by his mother, dealing with the trouble finding out what happened to her son, and the whole story which was typical for many families of soldiers, needed to be added to this memorial.
Pvt. Tallerday was not a relative but he sure was our hero. Michigan mother

Added by Michigan mother on Jul 14, 2015 12:17 PM
Janet Personette
RE: Effie Welsh
Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to you. Can you give me a Find A Grave page number so I can see what I can do to make this right? I will be happy to make corrections if I have the info for it.
Added by Janet Personette on Jul 13, 2015 1:03 PM
Gary Myers
RE: What type of camera do you use?
P.S. to my earlier answer -- I NEVER do anything to the stone itself except maybe brushing cut grass off of it.
Added by Gary Myers on Jul 12, 2015 3:16 PM
Gary Myers
RE: What type of camera do you use?
Thanks for the compliment - for me it was a trial and error procedure. Tombstones can be difficult. My camera is just a run of the mill Canon PowerShot A520 about ten years old. Less than $200 at the time. I don't know about the quality of photos from smart phones - don't have one.

More important factors are having the sun in the right direction or actually, not direct sun. But the main factor is having a half way decent photo enhancing computer program. All my photos I've spent 3 or 4 minutes cropping, straitening, adjusting contrast and balance, sometimes adjusting sharpness, etc. It's pretty much playing with each photo to bring it out to the best reasonable.

When I go out for a 'shoot' I basically just go down the line without much regard to lighting, closeness, being straight, etc. and then touch them up at home. An additional hint - if the stone is flat on the ground, consider shooting it upside down if the lighting is better. Helps keep shadows from being a problem.

Hope this helps a bit and good luck.

Added by Gary Myers on Jul 12, 2015 3:11 PM
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