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Chris Mills (#46897617)
 member for 8 years, 4 months, 18 days
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Bio Photo Messages are enabled on my profile but please use the Edit tab in the upper right corner of the memorials for all edits and transfer requests!. I will not be responsible for any edits or transfer requests left as messages, I may see them and get to them but I may not.

If you are asking for a transfer either make sure you are logged into Find A Grave when you send the transfer request OR manually insert your member number into the email if you are not sure! Missing member numbers mean I have to send you an email and ask and it's a lot more likely your transfer request will just fall between the cracks.

Also, please do not contact me for edits or transfer requests on memorials I created but no longer control. As of June 2015 I have given away 90% of the memorials I created to other volunteers or to family members on the site. If you submit an edit or transfer request on my profile page if I notice I will forward the request to the current owner of the memorial, but it will not happen as quickly and it may not happen at all, so you will be much better off contacting the current owner of the memorial directly.

For details on the monstrous project to document the Forest Lawn (California) cemeteries that was begun in late 2011 and is still being worked on, you can read The Forest Lawn Project.

Please do not move a burial unknown memorial into a cemetery where I already placed a memorial and tell me I have to remove my "duplicate" memorial. The site rules clearly differentiate between burial unknown memorials and memorials that were placed in a cemetery correctly. For more information on the complete Find A Grave duplicate memorial rules please see my article Find A Grave Duplicate Policies From the Site FAQs

Please do not request the admins to merge cenotaph memorials into memorials that mark the burial space, even if they are in the same cemetery. Cenotaph memorials are allowed on the site (check the FAQs if you have any doubts) and some famous people have multiple memorials because they have multiple cenotaphs and many not-at-all-famous people have multiple memorials, if someone was willing to pay to put up a second marker for them then the site allows a second memorial to be created. There are many "accidental" cenotaphs out there because someone's name was put on their spouse's marker but they are buried elsewhere, these are still considered cenotaphs and are still allowed to have a Find A Grave memorial associated with that marker.

A disclaimer here: I do not intentionally create duplicate memorials on the site. Because I am using batch processing techniques I never even look at most of the memorials I am creating. If I duplicated one of your memorials either politely notify the current owner of the memorial or notify them with no tones of moral outrage (if you can!) and they will arrange to have the memorials merged or transfer the one I created back to me for deletion. I make every reasonable attempt to avoid duplications but if there is any difference between the two memorials (different names, different years, missing years) the duplicate checking will not catch it. Whenever possible I check the information I am submitting against state death indexes or the social security death index but that is no guarantee of accuracy, only that I have a source for the information I submitted.

Also, please do not complain that I duplicated your Burial unknown memorial and you found out about it later. If you have not nailed down a burial location for a burial unknown memorial within 30 days of creating the memorial and moved that memorial into a cemetery, your memorial has lost any seniority rights it had by being created first. I do not check the whole website when adding a memorial with a known burial location, only the cemetery it is located in, which is all you have to do according to the site FAQs.

Please do not take photos posted by contributors on the site and republish them without either their written consent or a disclaimer on their bio page stating that the contributor is fine with that, please contact them about reposting or republishing their photos. Some contributors don't care but others are quite adamant that photos not be used without their permission.

I can be emailed at:

Genealogy2013 [ at ] mills-sfv.com

Or go to my website and click on any of the "Contact Us" links.

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Messages left for Chris Mills (2540)[Leave Message]
A.G.P.
JD Morgan
Thank you for JD. Have added initial bio but plan to expand once scanner connected and I can add photos. Also hope to locate Cynthia - who may still be living. Thanks again. With appreciation, AGP
Added by A.G.P. on Jul 28, 2015 12:44 AM
D L Melville
RE: Amina Duggins 53207211
good work. .... keep me posted.
thanks
DL Melville
Added by D L Melville on Jul 27, 2015 12:01 AM
Neff Family Historical Society
NAVE, Mary Hermione
Chris, Thank you for her transfer and for your contribution to Find-a-Grave. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Bill Neff
Added by Neff Family Historical So... on Jul 24, 2015 4:18 PM
Romper90069
Richard LeFevre
Chris, Thanks for getting the shot. I was going to get it next time I was there. They did a great job. I am leaving the old photo there with a new caption and a follow up on his bio. I think people should know how much they mean "perpetual" care.
James
Added by Romper90069 on Jul 21, 2015 12:44 AM
天使
George Riley Hiatt
Thank you so much for the transfer of George, I appreciate it greatly!
Have a good week,
Diana
Added by 天使 on Jul 19, 2015 6:19 PM
Pete
W.C. Bruce
Thank you very much for your transfer. All your hard work is very much appreciated. Well done.
Pete
Added by Pete on Jul 17, 2015 8:49 AM
Arkansas Kin
Goble Family - Forest Lawn Glendale
Chris - Thanks so much for photographing the graves of the Goble Family in Forest Lawn Glendale.

This is my Great Aunt and Uncle and their only child. I live in Arkansas and do not know when I would get back to Cali.

Thanks for all your hard work.

Joe
Added by Arkansas Kin on Jul 16, 2015 1:02 PM
AGross
RE: Vivian Ethel Nyiregyhazi
Sure. That makes sense until someone closer as kin comes around. Thanks!
Added by AGross on Jul 13, 2015 12:21 PM
Diane Short
RE: Harry Mansfield
Thanks Chris!
Added by Diane Short on Jul 10, 2015 5:53 PM
Betty Arnold Henderson
RE: Ingwald Newgard 138001869
Hello Chris,

Glad to hear from you.

It may have been presumptuous of me but, after looking at your memorial #138001869 for the late Ingwald Morace Newgard and seeing no bio, and then looking at your bio as a findagrave.com contributor, I surmised that you may not have known Mr. Newgard.

Judging by the sheer number of memorials you have created, I took you to be one of those generous-of-spirit individuals who selflessly devote a lot of time and effort to walk cemeteries and document the data found on burial markers. If I misjudged you, I hope you will please forgive me.

I canít even begin to imagine the effort it takes to walk a cemetery the size of any of the Forest Lawn cemeteries. Iíve only visited the one in Riverside (I have friends buried there) and huge is putting its size mildly.

I had found Ingwald Morace Newgard while tracing ancestors of a very dear friend Ė one of my three best friends in high school (donít ask when but it was a very, very long time ago). Ingwald Newgard married into the Hamilton family and my friendís paternal grandmother was a Hamilton. I seem to have a natural knack for this research and am generally quite thorough. (I am a former editor which often requires research. Research sort of comes naturally to me.)

While I do not remember why I removed the actual date (20th of the month), I think it may have been one of the two following reasons: (a) odds are usually against a person dying on their birthday but of course, it is certainly not unheard of; and (b) the only death record I found Ė the social security index Ė did not provide the exact day of the month, just the month and year. Had he died in California instead of Maryland, there would have been a California death record for him. The social security death index just gives the month and year of his death.

Below is the rationale for his birth information.

1. According to his WWI Draft Registration Card, dated 05 Jun 1917, he was born 20 Oct 1893 in Aalesund, Norway and was a naturalized citizen of the USA. This is the earliest official record I found for him. However, if he was born in Norway, there should be a record to show when he immigrated to the USA.

2. According to his WWII Draft Registration Card, he was born 20 Oct 1892 (a year earlier than shows on his WWI card), but still born in Aalesund, Norway. Was living in Arlington, VA when he filled out the card. He was age 49 years. His wife, Maude, was living in Van Nuys, CA.

3. 1900 census records lists Ingwald, age 6, born Oct 1893 in California, son of Lawrence and Annice Newgard, both born in Norway, sister Bertha, age 11, brother Louis, age 9 (both born in California), and another sister whose name and data are too dim to read. Notice that Ingwaldís birth year here is 1893 born in California. I wonder who was providing the answers to the enumeratorís questions. Evidently the whole family spoke English but how fluent is anyoneís guess.

3. 1910 census record lists Ingwald, age 16, as part of the household of his mother, Anna L. Newgard, age 47. Although she is listed as having been married 22 years, no husband is living in this household. (Have not bothered to search for her husbandís census record for that year since his parents of are little interest in my research. The only other family members in the household in 1910 were 19-year-old Louis who was born in California, and 8-year-old Alla (as nearly as I can tell from the enumeratorís handwriting, also born in California. Ingwald, had not yet had his birthday for the calendar year 1910 as the enumerator visited the family home in March and his birthday would not occur until October. The family was living in Elkhorn, San Joaquin County, CA at that time.

4. 1920 census record, dated 05 January 1920, lists Ingwald, unmarried, as part of the household of his older brother, 29-year-old Lewis Newgard, born in California. (Notice the difference in spelling of Louis/Lewisí given name on the 1910 census record.)

Also in that same 1920 household was his 56-year-old mother, Anna, born in Norway who immigrated to USA in 1888. This census says that Ingwald immigrated in 1910 and was naturalized in 1915. The family was living in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio when the enumerator visited the home.

5. 1930 census records lists 37-year-old Ingwald (who first married at age 22 which, if accurate, means that he had been married before the 1920 census and his wife was not Maude who was still married to her first husband at that time.

6. 1940 lists Ingwald, age 47, living in Glendale, CA with his wife, her three
daughters by her first marriage, and the child born to their union. He is again listed as having been born in California.

Odd that the middle child was born in Norway while the other two were born in California. You never know who is answering the enumeratorís questions. Very often, it is a son or daughter who may not even have known where their parents were born. That is found all the time. Census records are not reliable as far as accuracy goes.

If you decide not to make any of the changes I suggested, I really donít mind. Itís your call. I just thought that, as long as I had the information, it may as well be posted. Not knowing any of those folks, I really had no hard-and-fast sources (e.g., family Bible). At this point, Iím not quite sure which of the reports to believe but I tend to believe in the two draft registration cards.

I hope this clarifies your questions regarding my suggested changes to Mr. Newgardís memorial.

Thank you very much for devoting so much of your time and energies into performing such an invaluable service to family historians such as I. Exhausts me just to think of walking a cemetery these days.

Betty Arnold Henderson
Findagrave.com contributor #46498020
Added by Betty Arnold Henderson on Jul 09, 2015 7:07 PM
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