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Colletta (#47089656)
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Bio Photo As of February 23, 2015 I am about 2 weeks behind on edit's and correspondence - give me another week. Thank you.

Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I have been to cemeteries in at least 30 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands and Argentina.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan. Living in Marin County for over three decades.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend all my time in cemeteries (physically and virtually.) I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

I have finished photographing the following cemeteries in rural West Marin, Olema, Bolinas, Tomales Presbyterian, Tomales Catholic and Marshall. Have photographed B'nai Israel, Fernwood, Little Lake and Willits with continual visits for additions.

I traveled to Antarctica in 2009 and visited Grytviken Island, where Ernest Shackleton is interred. Stop by and leave a virtual flower for one of the mariners.

Photographers please turn your "date stamp" off.

Rules about OBITUARIES

I follow the findagrave guidelines for posting obituaries written after 1923. Grey area to 1930 depending on situation. I extract the information needed to fill in the basic data, such as military and organization affiliation. Depending on the situation, I will rewrite or add other facts as well.

Please do not send me full obits, as I will not post them. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, please do so.

I will not post the names of living individuals per policy.

And for those of you who post full obituaries without any sort of edit; please think about what you are doing. There is no need for the mortuary name, address, phone number, and other extraneous stuff that has NOTHING to do with the deceased. You are posting information meant for a one time obituary onto a forever platform.

I don't have my email listed, so please chose a random memorial "edit request" for a more personal note.

Photographers own copyright
Ask permission to use my photos
I am happy to share my photos and/or provide an original jpg. Often times I have more photos and/or views, as well. Just Ask

If I find my photos in your tree credited to you or no one, I will consider that stealing - if you think that language is strong, then go to statement where you will find that exact terminology written by the owner of this web-site.

There seems to be two kinds of photographer mentalities on this site. People who desire credit for their property and people who don't care. Often times, the people who don't care look down upon those of us who would like credit. There is no need to have an attitude about it either way, but here's my opinion.

My photos are my property. I spend allot of time in cemeteries, in all weather. I travel hundreds of miles, which costs money. I spend much time on my computer sorting thru and posting. I spend money on cameras and batteries. I try to get the best photo I can get for that day and if it is not quite good, I try to get back to retake.

I walk thru mud, rocks, fault-lines, cracks, holes, thorny weeds and lawns. I traipse up and over and around to get the best photograph I can. I've been chased by dogs and accosted by men with a rifle. All I ask is that my name be properly affiliated with my photographs. I am happy to share.

Yes there are copyright laws, but to me, it is more about the ethics, kindness and consideration.

All the above is because I get unsolicited rude messages about my views on ownership of photos.

Credit my photographs as follows
Colletta member #47089656 at Find-a-grave

Thank you very much!

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Ron Gott
Memorial #99851286

Please remove your photo from this memorial.

Thank You.

Ron Gott
Added by Ron Gott on Feb 23, 2015 2:09 PM
Margie Hinton
Hinton graves in Mendocino County, CA
Dear Coletta:

Thank you so much for taking photographs of my Hinton family graves in Willits Cemetery in Mendocino County, CA.

I found you have my great grandfather, George William Hinton and his son, Tollie George Hinton with Tollie's wife, Adelaide Brewster Hinton.

I am also a Find a grave volunteer -Margie Hinton (#46808268)member for 9 years, 3 months, 29 days - and have been researching my many family lines since I was a child in San Francisco in the 1940s. I do have the family history of the Hinton family who lived in Mendocino County and have been compiling and writing the family biography.

If you wouldn't mind, I could submit a biography of the family for others to read and understand a bit more of the convoluted family from George William Hinton and his two families. Find a grave postings are probably the easiest way for families to locate their ancestors.

I descend from the first marriage of George William Hinton with Mary Cobb (Lake County) and their son, Edward Burnham Hinton. Tollie is the youngest son with George Hinton's second wife, Mattie Malonia Hale - she is buried in Santa Rosa.

I also just spoke with Tollie's adopted daughter, June Rose (her mother was Adelaide Brewster) and she asked me to post a biography for her family too.

I don't want to step on your toes here, and I am physically unable to travel to the cemeteries of my ancestors so this is my way on honoring them.

Thank you,

Margie Hinton (Mojave Desert of CA)

Added by Margie Hinton on Feb 07, 2015 12:59 PM
melissa esquerra
Transffering Memorials
I am related to Find A Grave Memorial# 112888522
& Find A Grave Memorial# 112890674 and am wondering if you will transfer ownership of these. I have my own pictures to put so if you are willing to transfer ownership I will not need you to transfer those as well. Please let me know. Thanks.
Added by melissa esquerra on Feb 02, 2015 11:51 PM
Peter Cohen
RE: Please read the guidelines
Perhaps you can suggest a way to put sources into the correction requests. I have been accused of using outsourced data without checking it against other sources. This is not accurate.

When findagrave starts paying me for the incredible amount of time that I spend providing free information to their database, they can tell me how to do geneaology. Meanwhile, I have committed to finish HOE. Once I have done that, I plan to make my services available to their competitors.
Added by Peter Cohen on Feb 02, 2015 11:34 AM
Colleen K.
Cottingham photos
Thank you so much for taking the photos of my Cottingham cousins in the Tomales Presbyterian Cemetery!

You are a dear to let me know that you had loaded them on the memorial pages.

Colleen K.
Added by Colleen K. on Jan 28, 2015 4:06 PM
Walter D Golladay
Marion Arden (Bolden) Hall
Thank you for taking the gravestone photograph of my 1st cousin, once removed. Marion's mother, Lora (Williams) Bolden, was my Great Aunt on my mother's side.
Added by Walter D Golladay on Jan 28, 2015 5:27 AM
Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Thank you
for your work AND your profile. Hurrah!
Added by Anne Shurtleff Stevens on Jan 09, 2015 12:37 PM
Leslie Kenny
Leslie McCracken Kenny
Thank you so very very much! Leslie
Added by Leslie Kenny on Jan 08, 2015 9:11 AM
Kurt Hess
Hopper Plot

Thank You Colletta,

Very nice photo of the area. I appreciate your effort to locate the unmarked graves.

Looks like you had some nice weather, also. :-)

Added by Kurt Hess on Jan 08, 2015 12:12 AM
Tess Warnstaff
Ware child
Thanks so much for the photo of the unmarked grave for this child and for the great explanation.
Added by Tess Warnstaff on Dec 30, 2014 6:44 PM
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