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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 14 years, 3 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Judy Stone
David Daniel Spangler (1807-)
Hello - I am trying to confirm the parents of David Daniel Spangler. Some trees have Christian Miller Spangler and Eve Kimmel as his parents, but I find no concrete documentation. The Find A Grave listing you have does not have David as one of the children. He is my 2X great-grandfather. Other trees have Rudolph Spengler and Christina Houtz as his parents. The 1800 census does not help because it does not list children. The 1850 census has him born about 1804 and the 1860 census has him born 1807. Other census records have not helped. I can't find any birth or immigration records. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for all of your hard work on this site!

Judy Stone
Added by Judy Stone on May 25, 2016 11:58 AM
drop me a email I need to give you a update
Thanks Annie
Added by annie on May 22, 2016 6:47 AM
RE: Michael Hileman
yep and I am on vacation next week yuk hope it stops soon.
Added by annie on May 21, 2016 5:09 PM
RE: Michael Hileman
I sent in the same correction I seen it was a dupe on what you documented. Hey enjoy the weather its beautiful out :(
Added by annie on May 21, 2016 11:43 AM
Cheryl Carmany Marr
Annie E Moore
Could you possibly read the DOD on her headstone? There is a discrepancy on Ancestry.
Thank you!
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on May 17, 2016 6:36 AM
...for taking a photo of the headstone for Rose Lee ROBINSON nee DUCK.
Added by TaraG on May 15, 2016 3:04 AM
RE: Wesley Hartzell
Yes, I found him there as well, after I'd already sent that request to you. Thanks so much for your research on it! I love being able to connect these families - it brings new meaning to the "not forgotten" that comes after "gone but..."
Added by Robinette on May 12, 2016 1:45 PM
Cheryl Carmany Marr
Annie E Moore
Hi Zella...the photo is great...did Calvin have a headstone?
I appreciate all you do on Find A Grave! Thank you!
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on May 10, 2016 7:50 AM
Cheryl Carmany Marr
RE: Robert Sawyer photo request
Hi Zella,
That would be great! I appreciate your time and effort!!
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on May 09, 2016 10:10 PM
RE: Hershberger Cemetery, Elklick Twp.
Oh wow! That is great! I hope we can get this fixed :)
Added by mdshome on May 08, 2016 3:27 PM
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