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Dana Dancy (#46998072)
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Bio Photo I currently live in Lancaster County, PA. I started researching my Family Tree in 2006. Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster, PA was my first attempt of adding burial records to "Find a Grave".
I completed my project at the Machpelah Cemetery in Lititz, PA in August 2009 by photographing all the readable Gravestones & doing a quick Obituary search at www.LancasterOnline.
I photographed all the readable gravestones in the St. James Cemetery in Lititz, PA in October 2013, after the cemetery was restored.
I now (as of March 2010) include FULL obituaries, as fellow "Find A Grave" contributors have convinced me to do so - if your name is listed in an obituary and you would like it removed or your name listed as "LIVING" please contact me and I will do so.
You have my permision to use my Gravestone pictures for personal use, post them at Free Web Sites, or as long as you give me credit for the photograph.
I will transfer any memorial that is not related to me, include the persons name, memorial number and your member number - any requests MUST include your member number.

NOTE: Any requests that do not include the member number will be IGNORED, as it is time comsuming to have to do the additional step of looking up the number.

If you leave a correction for a memorial & I don't post it please email me again. If you do not want your name/Find A Grave member number listed with the correction please note that - otherwise I list it.
I will do Obituary Look Ups at the Lititz Public Library (weekly paper dates from 1877 - 2001 covering Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA) - I go about once a month. Please include the DOD and any information that will help - there is an Death/Obituary Index but it is a work in progress, years completed are 1877 - 1998 (as of Jan 2015), rest of the years are being worked on by volunteers and not all years are complete. I have found some obituaries that were not listed in the Index - Google Lititz, PA Public Library to get their up to date website address - click on "genealogy room" and then Obit/Death Index.

Other sites for obituaries/cemetery records in the area and USA are;

The website Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (Obituary Index) -

Mennonite Church USA (full obituaries) around the United States -

website - - Biographies, cemetery transcriptions, etc.

website - - Probate / Marriage Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - requires Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mozilla Firefox won't work..

Fulton County, PA - - Cemetery transcriptions, biographies, etc. also covers some of the surrounding counties.

Website for Old Newspapers around the United States (Scroll down to the state you want) -

The following websites supplied by Bill Tipton:
Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds Web Site
I suggest creating a user account; I never tried the guest login.
Note: Under General Criteria, Search Type, select Individual.
Java Runtime Environment is required to view and print documents. A link is provided for the download.
The site gives access to public domain documents including but not limited to deeds, mortgages, and POAs. Deeds can be quite helpful. For example, if a grantor is deceased (the sale if from an estate or surviving spouse), the death date is usually listed.
Note: Lancaster County Public Library Card is required. I got mine from the Lititz Library (free). You need the card number to log in.
There are two ProQuest lnks. ProQuest ABI/INFORM is NOT the better resource. The second ProQuest link "Provides access to Lancaster newspapers only: Intelligencer Journal and New Era backfiles, combined Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, and Sunday News . . . "
This archive goes back to 1995, good for obituaries (I believe that LancasterOnline goes back only to 2005), weddings, divorces, anniversary celebrations, police logs, and various other articles. Microsoft Internet Explorer is recommended but I use Firefox without problems. The only aggravation is an activity time limit. If you're inactive for awhile (1/2 hour?) you might have to re-login.
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Sue Tanner
Just a period
Hi Dana, Per Find A Grave rules "Use a period after names where only an initial is known".

I submitted an Edit for Helen M. Salisbury--the period is my Edit. I will be doing this again most likely, Thanks Sue
Added by Sue Tanner on Jul 30, 2015 1:12 AM
Grace Younglove Hudson
RE: St. Matthews cemetery, Monroe County, MI
Good Morning:
NO, Thank You for your help!!
Added by Grace Younglove Hudson on Jul 17, 2015 4:16 AM
Peter Saylor
Thanks Dana - I just sent you the actual TEXT of the obit which is what I provide if I can find it.

I understand why Find A Grave doesn't want weblinks particularly when they lead no where or are no longer valid. If I'm going to add text it's the actual obit or a bio about the person, not a pointer for people to go find it themselves.

While you edit your memorials to be compliant with the rules (if that is your goal) I would encourage you to do the same or just remove the text.

Thanks for the tip on the index at lilitz.
It makes searching at a tad easier. You should add that link to to your profile page with the other useful info.

By the way, you might have a browser issue, I was able to see the paper image just fine on Window 8.2 with Chrome browser but to tell the truth it is much quicker to search the text - and then you can cut and paste it into the memorial directly. Thanks again for all your efforts over there in PA, it's greatly appreciated.
Added by Capt on Jul 14, 2015 6:04 PM
John Simon Schury
He's 91250390--not sure who the other John is...but likely his son, the informant on his D.C.
Added by RobMinteer57 on Jul 05, 2015 9:29 PM
Martha Churchill
Marie Tommelein
I am wondering if Marie Tommelein was a teacher? I would be curious to see her obit. Someone by the name of Tommelein is looking for info in Milan about his mother's teaching career. I am the historian in Milan. Would you please send me her obit? My email is mc@ marthachurchill .com The monument number is 53783183.
Added by Martha Churchill on Jul 01, 2015 8:30 PM
RE: Charles Adler - Forest Lawn Cemetery
Thank you for your comment, I am not sure there is a tombstone, as he was 4 years old, but I wish he had one.

Added by mhansen on Jun 24, 2015 1:53 PM
Stephen Mitchell
Mariah Nixon Wiggins
Hi Dana, sent an email to you but will leave a message here just in case. My family is a descent of Mary E. (Wiggins) Mitchell of Bart Township, PA. We have a property transfer record for the old Caleb Wiggins estate in Bart Township, Lancaster County, PA which states that "Mariah Wiggins was the daughter of Edward Rice". This is a notarized document, with Mary E. (Wiggins) Mitchell - her daughter - in attendance. Find A Grave indicates that Maria Wiggins, married to Caleb Wiggins (b. 1799), was Mariah Nixon, with different parentage. Do you have any idea what the record is verifying that Caleb married Mariah Nixon vs. Mariah Rice? We cannot see that they are on in the same as our ancestor. Its a bit of a mystery and we would love to hear any stories you came across when posting it. Thanks!

Mariah Nixon's stone that we think might be Mariah Rice:
Added by Stephen Mitchell on Jun 13, 2015 1:58 PM
Autistic Savant
Howard A. Bauscher
Thank you for replying to my sponsorship of the Howard A. Bauscher memorial and the additional information pertaining to his death. Like you, I am not related to Howard, but my interest in him comes from the amusement park industry. Though he is usually listed as a "builder" by trade, his construction projects included the building of roller coasters. I am an avid roller coaster enthusiast and historian, and my collection of original blueprints include four that he was involved in including: the coaster for Lakewood Park in Barnesville, PA in 1923, the Rocket at Ocean View Park in Norfolk, VA in 1927 (which was featured in the 1977 movie Rollercoaster), the Skyclone at Allentown, PA in 1929, and an unbuilt ride scheduled to be built in 1928 at Orange Lake Park in Newburgh, NY.
Added by Autistic Savant on May 14, 2015 6:23 AM
Grace Younglove Hudson
Good Morning:
Thanks for the information on Henry Rose.

Information posted 11 May 2015
Added by Grace Younglove Hudson on May 11, 2015 8:49 AM
Sebring/Maple Grove
Thanks for the info regarding Anson Sebring at Maple Grove Cemetery. I was able to confirm and add much of it to his memorial.

Added by Treeclimber on Apr 22, 2015 5:22 PM
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