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Gary Hancharik (#47247773)
 member for 5 years, 1 month, 2 days
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Bio Photo I originally stumbled onto Find A Grave in February of 2010 while using Roots Magic genealogy software. At that time, there were only 43 million names in the database.

It was always my desire to organize all of my funeral death cards for my relatives in one location as a shrine to honor them. I decided why not make memorials for them on Find A Grave instead? One by one I entered in all of my relatives. Later, I went back and added personal bio's for as many as I could.

I got into the habit of checking the obits from a newspaper that included my hometown and started creating memorials for folks that lived there, people that worked at National Tube, and former members of my old church. I then defaulted to creating memorials for all of the obits. The newspaper went to a larger format with more surrounding counties listed and it became difficult to put in all of the time required to accomplish this on a daily basis while maintaining a family life.

My focus then switched to doing actual footwork in local cemeteries gathering tombstone photos to post. This is a popular diversion here in the South and almost all of the cemeteries have been documented by a few locals so I concentrated on newer gravesites. Up North, the cemetery that my parents are buried in only had 200 entries at that time. There are probably 50K graves there. I would love to take a weeks vacation to photograph all the graves. I'm not one of these folks that contacts the cemetery office for a master list and then submit an electronic spreadsheet entering in thousands in a second. I like to enter in my memorials the old fashioned way, one at a time, doing as much research to link family members.

There is a feeling of satisfaction being able to create memorials and post photos that will be used by future generations creating family trees or just satisfying their curiosity as to what happened to John Doe, their old schoolteacher, neighbor, or boyfriend?

A portion of my vacation was spent in the summer of 2012 putting two small church cemeteries on the map. I had researched the areas that I was going to visit and found that one of the cemeteries only had one entry while the other showed only 200. Google satellite photos revealed hundreds more so my goal was to document both. My son helped me to photograph the Polish church cemetery in Helmetta, NJ. I had photographed a smaller Ukrainian church cemetery a few miles from his old home in Connecticut. We had driven past that area many times and never knew that there was a cemetery hiding there.

Now, I like to research old newspapers online seeking to create memorials for those that have been long forgotten.

I will honor all memorial transfers outside of the F.A.G. guidelines. You don't even have to be related. I would rather transfer the memorial to someone who knew them and has a genuine desire to maintain their memorial. The only exception on transfers would be a relative but I have transferred several of my memorials to those that were closer related.

Feel free to use any of my photos that I have posted. I'm not going to sit here and thump on my chest claiming that I have "copyrights" on my pictures. If I didn't want to share, then I wouldn't have bothered to take the photo in the first place.

At this time I would like to thank all of you that have visited my memorials and left tokens, flowers and messages. As an example, what are the chances that a total stranger would stop at my folks tombstone in person, not knowing anything about them and proceed to say a few kind words or leave a flower? Zero! I tried to put as many of my relatives on the Online Stroll so you will have the opportunity to learn a little about who they were and bring them to you. I'd also like to thank those folks that provide tombstone photos for my memorials when I haven't even requested them. The system doesn't notify you of this and I only discover this when I am doing maintenance.

I grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area and am currently living near Dallas, TX. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any help with your F.A.G. needs. Some of you already have and I tried to research as much as possible to give you the best answer.

My goal on Find A Grave is to provide as much accuracy as possible. For me, it's not about the numbers. I constantly send edit requests to other members and likewise have received edit requests when new information becomes available.
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B. Felix
John & Elizabeth Hancharik
Would you like John and Elizabeth transferred to you?
Added by B. Felix on Mar 19, 2015 12:15 PM
Ann Scott
Thank you!
Thank you for transferring Rev O. P. Brown (Memorial # 51259640) to me! Thank you for all you do for the Find a Grave community.

Added by Ann Scott on Feb 24, 2015 12:15 AM
Ouida Stark Brumley Martin
Ouida Heist
Thank you for the obit for Ouida B. Heist and all that you do. =)


Stark Martin
Added by Ouida Stark Brumley Marti... on Jan 09, 2015 9:10 PM
Tom Schoening
Hyland Wilson
Gary - Thanks for processing the like for Hyland to his parents - Appreciated

Regards - Tom Schoening
Added by Tom Schoening on Jan 09, 2015 7:32 AM
Tom Todd
Thank you for sponsoring Emilio Kosterlitzky.
Added by Tom Todd on Nov 06, 2014 9:40 AM
Annie Ferron Hoefling
Thanks, Gary, for the linking Annie Ferron Hoefling to her mother.

Added by jeffrey on Nov 03, 2014 6:23 AM
Annie Ferron Hoefling
Hi, Gary. I sent you a link for the mother of Annie Ferron Hoefling. No relation of mine. Her son Wilbert was a neighbor of mine and I am just trying to complete links of his family. Thanks.

Added by jeffrey on Oct 27, 2014 9:48 PM
Danny Warren
Thank you!
Gary, you are every kind of wonderful. I've been trying for years to find this article. It means a lot to me and to my family. Thank you so much!!!!
Added by Danny Warren on Oct 03, 2014 8:47 PM
Danny Warren
Trevor Elias Lewis
Hi Gary,

Would you please transfer Trevor Elias Lewis' memorial to me? (119623662) He is part of my family and I have a lot to add to it. Can you possibly tell me also where you got the information you posted in the bio? It's all correct, but I can't find it online.

Thank you so much,
Danny Warren
Added by Danny Warren on Oct 01, 2014 7:56 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfer and a big thank you
Hello again Gary,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
Kathryn March Waugaman # 59988916
to my care. I have successfully connected her with her parents and four of her ten half-siblings. As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Sep 22, 2014 2:48 PM
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