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halfstone (#47058103)
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My passion for genealogy began in 1993 at a family reunion, where a distant relative gave me a giant scroll with a hand-written family tree listing all my "Alcorn" roots from Western Pennsylvania. Since then I have traced the Alcorns, Barbers, Spencers, Ketterings, Stauffers, and Halbsteins. among several other families.

Sadly, what I have learned has been of intolerance and prejudice,famine and poverty. The Stauffers were Swiss Mennonites who were chased from Switzerland and then Germany in the 18th century because of their religious beliefs; the same story is told about the Halbsteins and Hershoffs who escaped the pogroms of Russia during the early 20th century. - but what I have also learned is how rich this country's heritage has been - how this has truly been the land of opportunity. It is fascinating to me to learn of how and why these families took the dangerous journey to America, where they settled, where they migrated, and how they lived.

It is my pleasure to be a Find A Grave volunteer photographer; this gives me insight into the families who lived and died in my community before me. We recently moved to Rochester, NY, and FindAGrave is my introduction to the history of the fabric of this city.
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Virginia D
RE: Interactive 3D gravestone
The innovative photo for the Gleason Brown Caldwell memorial #147857704 is really cutting edge. Thank you!
Virginia D.
Added by Virginia D on Jul 26, 2016 4:14 AM
Connie Schwindt Rumold
Susan Cleveland Pratt - 137964205
First, Than you for the wonderful photo of the marker for Susan Pratt's monument ! It is wonderful.

Second, I have added a memorial for her husband, Harry Pratt. It's memorial number is 167387502

Would you please add the photo you have placed on Susan's memorial page to Harry's memorial page? Thank you for your consideration.

Connie Schwindt Rumold
Added by Connie Schwindt Rumold on Jul 25, 2016 8:02 AM
Charlie Samual Stephen Victor Adams
Thank you for the posting on Clara Shaw. She was my Great Grandmother.
Added by Charlie Samual Stephen Vi... on Jul 23, 2016 10:41 AM
RE: Hinchcliff
Thanks for the information on the graves.
Added by J.Taylor on Jul 22, 2016 8:47 PM
RE: Austin and Rachel Squires
Thanks so much for letting me know and going the extra mile to help me.
Added by Mary(Coggin)Russell on Jul 22, 2016 6:18 PM
Thomas Fife
Charles Palmer
Thank you very much!
Added by Thomas Fife on Jul 10, 2016 8:48 AM
RE: Seiler - 8850454
Thanks that would be wonderful. I've started some cleaning requests of the dupes. Headstone photos will surely help. I've made some official requests as permitted (sometimes I max out)
Added by Capt on Jul 08, 2016 6:41 PM
Seiler - 8850454
Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester

Thanks so much for the message. I'm trying to straighten out the Seilers that are out there. Seems someone was doing some guessing on people and dates and didn't check to see if the memorials existed. I usually can get them cleared up once a photo comes in. I have notified the duplicate memorial holder and left a flower pointing to the correct one. If you are so inclined, I'd love to resolve the other Seilers out there. Many are just listed as "Seiler" so maybe children but photos always help. I wish I had had someone pass me a scroll of a family tree! Wow. I keep looking for my connections, mostly in PA but Sailor/Seiler/Saylor's are everywhere! An interesting bunch.
Added by Capt on Jul 08, 2016 1:10 PM
Bryan Wakat
Thanks so much for the photos of Agnes, James and William Elder; the plot map was very informative! Very much appreciated. bryan
Added by Bryan Wakat on Sep 07, 2015 7:32 PM
Bob Bartell
Edward Piotter

Thanks for copying the photo over to Edward.

Bob Bartell
Added by Bob Bartell on Jul 25, 2015 7:26 PM
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