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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 10 years, 2 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87%
May 10, 2015, 88%
May 18, 2015, 89%
May 25, 2015, 90%
May 31, 2015, 91%
June 9, 2015, 92%
June 17, 2015, 93%
June 25, 2015, 94%
July 2, 2015, 95%
July 7, 2015, 96%
July 14, 2015, 97%
July 29, 2015, 99%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos or, when there is no visible marker, an area photo.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Making your request this way gives me all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. I do this because I don't have time to confirm all the information people send to me, and the question, "Where did you get your information?" is answered right there on the page. If you don't have a findagrave ID, I will use your email address when crediting you as contributor of information.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

For me, this is not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It is about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family or friends.

If I'm being honest though, I have to say my least favorite transfer request is: "Please transfer my relative." I have transferred to people based on this kind of request, and the result is less than satisfying. No information or photos are added; no family connections made; they do not respond to edit requests, and I wonder why the person thought they wanted to maintain the memorial page in the first place.

My favorite transfer request goes something like this: "So-and-so was a family friend. We lived next door to her for many years. She was like a second mother to me. I remember when... Birth Date: xxx; Birth Place: xxx; Maiden Name: xxx, etc. I have also added a photo of her." Transfer requests like this will be made in a heartbeat. I love learning something about every person in Holyrood (my adopted cemetery). I smile every time I think about the feisty little lady in Holyrood who stabbed her abusive husband in the neck, and the photo on her memorial page is a mug shot (although you can't tell at first glance). And there are others... so many others.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Thank you so much for your time and effort, Bonita.

Added by McMolly on Sep 28, 2015 1:03 AM
Kathy Rose
James M Kenned 68921571
James M Kennedy 68921571 is father to James M Kennedy fgm 53603046 and Hazel Kennedy Taylor 144699042.

Would it be possible to connect them together?
Added by Kathy Rose on Sep 20, 2015 10:40 AM
Jeff Weber
Albert Dollman
I was pleasantly surprised to find a photo of my great grand parents' grave, Albert and Edith Dollman. How kind of you to do this. I think he was born on July 12, 1898.
Added by Jeff Weber on Sep 16, 2015 8:52 AM
Pat Berel
Barbara Miailovich
Bonita, Thank you for the transfer of the memorial for Barbara Anne Miailovich Giordano. I appreciate the transfer and all the work you do for Find A Grave
Added by Pat Berel on Sep 16, 2015 8:03 AM
Anna Herrera
Margaret Thomas
Hi Bonita - thank YOU so much for publishing the obituary of my great Aunt Maggie on Find A Grave! I have looked for where she is buried for years. Thank YOU...
Added by Anna Herrera on Sep 15, 2015 10:50 AM
Ellen Burns vs. Ellen Sexton
Hi Bonita-

all done! Duplicate has been removed. She was a confusing one, because she was a sister of Dorothy and Catherine, and daughter of Daniel and Mary. I never was able to confirm the marriage, as she is widowed by 1930, but still used the surname Sexton. So I thought perhaps the marriage was short and she continued to use the Sexton name. But did see her death cert listing Burns, so likely married again later to Burns.

Thanks for catching the duplicate!

Added by Tami on Sep 12, 2015 10:52 AM
Suki Davey
Murielle Lehouillier Talbot
Hi, I found Emile's parents at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Biddeford, Maine and connected him. If you have his sister (or know of her) their parents memorials are Edmond 151910721 and Rose Anna Gagne Lehouillier 151910758. Thanks for the tip. Suki
Added by Suki Davey on Sep 06, 2015 8:40 AM
Mr. Jean Coston
RE: Annie McCleean
They are your memorials.
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 01, 2015 9:45 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Annie McCleean
What happened to the rest of the info, name and date
of the newspaper, 12 grandchildren, member of the Alter Society at,,, ect.
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 01, 2015 2:11 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Alma Gunderson
What happened to the rest of the info???
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 01, 2015 2:07 PM
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