Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Tom lawson (#47286285)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 16 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo I have been doing genealogy research for over 25 years and it is more than a hobby for me. I have just started helping with find a grave, I find it rewarding when I go to a cemetery and find that long lost grave or get the picture for someone that does not live in that area and wants something to verify information they are looking for.

I have expanded my genealogy research by studying Cemetery/Tombstone Iconology, this is the study of the various symbols, carvings, monuments, motifs, and icons found in cemeteries. Iconoloy is image writing, the study of symbols depicted in works of art. Why does this pertain to genealogy? It defines the historical and cultural attitudes regarding death and burial practices reflected on the tombstones.

When you go into a cemetery you may only see what has become of our loved ones and what will become of us one day. Look deeper, why is there rocks on top of some of the tombstones? It is a symbol that some one was there and placed a rock on the tombstone to let others know the departed is not forgotten, someone was there to pay their respects.

Tombstones can tell us about not only the person buried there but the person who carved it and the living who remember the departed thru the art on the stone. Look at the stone, does it tell a story? Is there a scene of a deer and forest, is there a truck on the stone, what symbols and decorations are on the stone?

For those who are interested in genealogy and go to the cemetery's we are looking for information, clues about that person buried there. Doing this helps us to understand more and possibly make that connection or help others make that connection. This is the reason I do this. We need to preserve our past for our future.

Again my interest is only in my research and preserving the past, thru knowing how to get the information and wanting to know how to care for and preserve tombstones. My wife and I (although she has no interest in doing this) do this together, she is my support and assists me in my endevers.

Please read and follow all of FAG policies, do not send me obits and want them posted, I cannot do that. Do not send me a request to transfer a memorial with out providing me with your connection to the requested. I do not do this as a full time job, please be patient and if the requests meet the policies I will make changes when I can.
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 842 Memorials Added
 • 836 Memorials Managed
 • 3 Memorials/Week
 • 79 Photos
 • 1 Photo Request
 • 76 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 9 Virtual Flowers
 • 3 Virtual Cemeteries
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Helman Family Cemetery (24)
Lawson Family Cemetery (32)
Thomas Family Cemetery (14)
Messages left for Tom lawson (39)[Leave Message]
Peggy Bargen Duey
Find A Grave Change
Have you figured out that Find a Grave has done some more changes?

A friend pointed this out or I would have overlooked it. How often do you go in on your profile page unless someone has sent you a public message?

If you go into your profile page and it will say:

Profile - Messages Edits - Contributor Tools - Edit My Profile

That word EDITS has just been added and may have a number by it --click on it and it will bring down what you need to edit or what you have sent to others to edit.

I have sent you a edit/s and they haven't been completed. Hope this helps.
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Apr 24, 2014 6:39 AM
Thank you for your transfers.
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Apr 15, 2014 10:07 PM
Thank you for your transfers.
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Apr 15, 2014 10:05 PM
RE: Memorial Updates
Hi Tom -- Thanks. Everybody's linked up now.
Added by LansdaleLady on Apr 02, 2014 3:54 PM
G. Charles Ogline Lantay (aka Gregory P. Lantay)
Ya must be Oscar's nephew. I'm Margaret Howard's sister's grandson. I have a nice photo os Oscar with my son Cory. During is life time living next to Margaret in the duplex house she owned Ocar took good care of her. After Oscar died I remember hearingwhere Oscar had hid his money in the basement. He loved that car he left to Margaret which she couldn't drive. Hope to hear from ya - my email is - dated 4/02/2014
Added by G. Charles Ogline Lantay ... on Apr 02, 2014 8:38 AM
Pat O'Toole
RE: Fred W. Mack

I'm confused! Fred's memorial #14332263 was created by "Laura". He is linked to Sadie as her spouse, but that was already in place. "Laura" has the dates listed as 1871-1935 which also appears beside Fred's name on Sadie's memorial.

I checked my family tree and I have his birth as June 1871 in Indiana Co., PA and death as 1935 in Detroit, MI with burial in Grand Lawn Cemetery. Unless I made some goofy entry that I'm missing, I don't know where the mistake is.


P.S. If you have a copy of Fred's obit on your computer I would love to have a copy.
Added by Pat O'Toole on Jul 17, 2013 8:30 PM
Pat O'Toole
Thank you
Thank you for the transfer of Sadie Rowley Mack. I have added a picture of her & Fred and additional info. She's now linked to her parents and 7 of her 9 siblings. Thank you for your devotion in preserving our past and for sharing. Pat O'Toole
Added by Pat O'Toole on Jul 17, 2013 10:31 AM
Pat O'Toole
Hi Tom,

Wondering if you would consider transferring Sadie J Mack #52448518 to me? Sadie is my great aunt, sister to my grandfather. I'm trying to bring together all ten siblings and connect them to their parents on Find A Grave.

Pat O'Toole
Added by Pat O'Toole on Jul 16, 2013 12:17 PM
Dennis Brandt
Mendinghall photo
Thank you!
Added by Dennis Brandt on May 27, 2013 9:57 AM
Family Tree Climber
Thank you for the transfers. I've updated them.

Added by Family Tree Climber on May 18, 2013 2:57 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service