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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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Judy K. Roberts
RE: Betty L. Smith Memorial# 83718520
If you would like a transfer, please request so with your contributor number. I think family should be with family,
Thank you!
Added by Judy K. Roberts on Jan 05, 2014 5:13 PM
Judy K. Roberts
RE: Betty L. Smith Memorial# 83718520
You have my permission to use the photo, thank you for asking!
Added by Judy K. Roberts on Jan 05, 2014 5:09 PM
Angie Robinson
Madeline L. Taylor
She is buried in NH.
Find A Grave Memorial# 64677399

Please consider removing your photo request from Springfield Cemetery for M Taylor as this is not the person you were looking for.
Added by Angie Robinson on Aug 19, 2013 2:05 AM
Guiding Light
Thank you for contacting us...
Yes you may place our Mount Annville Cemetery photograph with the credit to us onto your families site. Please just link our Find A Grave name along with the picture and link to this site as you seem to already be doing. :-)

Thank you for taking the time to ask, much appreciate.

Take care and lots of luck to you on your family tree reserach.

-Guiging Light
Added by Guiding Light on Jan 04, 2013 7:21 AM
Diane Thompson
I thank you so much for getting the photo!
Added by Diane Thompson on Nov 11, 2012 4:50 PM
Tina Duver
A huge thank you for the picture you took out at Mt. Hope Cemetery for me! I do appreciate your time!
Added by Tina Duver on Sep 03, 2012 6:58 AM
Steuerwald marker
Thank you for taking the time to locate and photograph Martin and Emma Steuerwald's headstone. Your time is appreciated.

- C
Added by Colleen on Aug 18, 2012 6:49 PM
Emily Webster
Thank you for getting Emily Websters memorial photographed at Mount Hope Cemetery, and also for pointing out the nearby points of interest!
Added by CBeatty on Jul 25, 2012 7:27 AM
Nancy Brown
Corlett Monument
Hi David,
Great photo of the Corlett gravestone in Rochester. The Corletts were one of the few from the Isle of Man, Manx, to settle in NY and your photo helps me to sort them out.
Added by Nancy Brown on Jul 17, 2012 7:14 AM
William Nees
Mount Hope Cemetery
Thanks for adding the photograph.
Added by William Nees on Jul 10, 2012 11:03 PM
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