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Don Babas (#47298688)
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Bio Photo I grew up and lived in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan for 47 years, since 2000 I've lived in Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. I started keeping track (names, birthdates, anniversary dates, etc.) of my living family members and a little genealogy around 1990, but stopped in 1995 due to my busy career. Now I'm actively documenting my living family members, ancestors and even some extended family ancestors using the Family Tree Maker program and ancestry.com.

I really like the feeling I get when I solve a family mystery or find relatives my family didn't know we had, so genealogy gives me a lot of satisfaction. When I find relatives who are new to me I instantly feel a connection, even those who lived and died years ago. I've recently found some long lost living relatives in Greece (my father's side of the family).

If you think we have a family connection in any way, please contact me at xiraki@aol.com, I'd love to hear from you.

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I'm not on Find A Grave to see how many memorials I can amass so that I can have my numbers posted in the "Top Contributors" category. I'm here to make memorials to pay tribute to our families and friends and hopefully help others to find theirs as well.

I truly enjoy helping others by photographing grave markers. There are times that I may photograph markers that are near the ones I was asked to take photos of, or if I see a marker with one of our family surnames on it. If there is no memorial for the extra photos that I take, I create one. If by chance I happen to create a memorial for a relative or a friend of yours don't hesitate to ask for a transfer. I don't feel the need to keep memorials that I have created, unless they are family and/or connected to my family tree. I only created them so that someone may find a family member. You are welcome to use the gravestone photos that I take for you family tree if you wish and no I don't need you to give me credit for taking the photo.

GUIDELINES (and that is all they are) and numbers mean nothing....families are what is important. If you're in this for the numbers, you're in it for the wrong reason! If people asking for "out of guideline transfers" has caused a problem for you... stop making memorials… Problem Solved!!! If you feel the need to be controlling and inconsiderate regarding the memorials you create (those that are not your family or friends) then maybe you should find a different hobby… Another Problem solved!!!

Guidelines....not rules, not regulations, not laws....not even an eleventh commandment.

NOTE: - GUIDELINES definition... A guideline is a statement by which to determine a course of action. By definition, following a guideline is never mandatory. Guidelines are NOT binding.

Take care and God Bless,
Don Babas
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Kay Schrope
RE: The Stick Family
Oh, what a shame. After looking at both pictures, I can see where the statues are missing from. Yes, it is sad that people feel they can destroy others property.
Added by Kay Schrope on May 17, 2014 8:39 PM
cindy feexico
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thank you so much for taking the time and going to the cemt. to take a picture of lonzo fryar headstone for me. this was so marvelous and gracious of you to take the time to do this for me, and countless other's who request this.
cindy
Added by cindy feexico on May 12, 2014 7:47 AM
Charlotte Smith Muir
RE: Your Profile
Thank you so very much for your kind words. I usually take 2 photos of one marker. One without items, swept clean and one with the items once they are replaced. So people viewing then can see all the Little trinkets or flowers, etc, that may be there:)I love what I do, and I am here for the same reasons as you.. One day, this site will be far more valuable that any other source. I wish more people would realize, they are on a website, and their name is with that picture , forever, to :) Thanks for reaching out ~
Added by Charlotte Smith Muir on May 12, 2014 3:30 AM
Kim Poyner Woodhouse
Resthaven Cemetery in OKC
Don,
I saw your requests in Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City. The funeral home charges non-family members to get plot locations. To get your requests, a plot is needed and there are a few active photographers! I did a quick newspaper search in The Oklahoman for Martin Friar. I came across some articles. I am going to email them to you using The Oklahoman's email system. Good luck in your searches!

Kim
Added by Kim Poyner Woodhouse on May 09, 2014 10:47 AM
amandasue
Lee Bollinger photo request
I have been out to the cemetery twice and couldn't find a stone for him. I did find Betty and the son though. Perhaps they don't have one up for him yet. I will keep checking when I go out that way.
Added by amandasue on May 01, 2014 1:19 PM
Barbara Wolf
RE: Elmer & Eva Ritter
You are welcome and you take care too. Barb
Added by Barbara Wolf on Aug 21, 2013 5:27 AM
FutureAncestor
RE: Lanny F. McCurdy
You are most welcome.... I also added photos of his parents and his brother Larry in case you need those for your family tree.
Added by FutureAncestor on Jul 29, 2013 2:11 PM
Mary Denzinger
RE: Fred & Ruby Brown
Don,
You are so welcome for the photos. Unfortunately I was unable to find a stone for Lee Bollinger. I walked the whole cemetery for several hours but didn't find one.
Mary Denzinger
Added by Mary Denzinger on Jul 09, 2013 7:23 AM
Tracy
Arthur Willis
My mother grew up in Plainwell and remembers Art's shoe repair, as we dusted the grave off for the photos she said "He was great! We took our shoes there all the time." Thought you might like to know that he was remembered and admired.
Added by Tracy on Jun 03, 2013 8:05 PM
Texten
RE: Tim Williams
Tim,

Hunter has been working on something for me for a month. Dont hold your breath..they are quite busy too though and hv old timers working there.
The geneology society has cemetery books that are quite informative. There are three and cost abt 125. For all three. If my people were from this county Id definately hv them bcos they hv in some cases daughter and son of and married to, some even hv cause of death. To me they are priceless. There are a few sets left. I wdnt wait.

Mail me your address and I will send you a list of what thwy hv for sale. There is a CD but Im not sure what is on it.

Glad I cld help you.
Added by Texten on Feb 24, 2013 12:15 PM
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