|Bonita Olmer (#46798970)|
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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 some 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% of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.
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. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have 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. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.
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.
It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that 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 members.
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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|Debbie||RE: Adam & Mary Boehm tombstone photo & transfer|
Thanks Bonita! You're awesome. ;-)
RE: Adam & Mary Boehm tombstone photo & transfer
Please feel free to use the grave photos as you wish. :)
Added by Bonita Olmer on May 22, 2013 1:48 PM
Added by Debbie on May 22, 2013 2:43 PM
|Debbie||Adam & Mary Boehm tombstone photo & transfer|
Thanks so much, Bonita for taking the tombstone photo and transferring my 2nd cousins to me for my further care! I really appreciate it. I'm so glad you created these memorials in the first place! Would you mind if I post this tombstone photo to my family tree on ancestry.com? I would, of course, credit your name. Please advise if ok.
Hope you are enjoying your day.
Added by Debbie on May 22, 2013 1:34 PM
|Clarice Courneya||Rudolph Jacobson-6096888|
Bonnie, I see that the gravestone marker that is on Rudolph grave is for Leona Clara Rollins Jacobson-14955483. She was married to Rudolph Christian Jacobson, but I thought he died May, 1987, Seattle, Washington.
Leona Clara Rollins Jacobson parents were James Rufus Rollins and Lillian Margaret Spooner. I will be setting them on Find A Grave.
Thanks for any help.
Dear Bonita-I got your messages and the photo today!Thank you so much!I couldn't believe you did this so fast,I wasn't expecting to hear anything for a week at least..
Aunt Ethelyn was actually my great aunt,she was my father's aunt.She was a nurse for years,and lived in California I believe before moving to Seattle.She came to upstate NY to care another great aunt of mine,who passed away..Aunt Ethelyn was left with the house and grounds to care for,and I was the age to help her with maintaining the grounds and other chores..She was so good to me,it means a lot to me that you went to such an effort to locate her gravesite for me.I hope to somebody be able to visit there,I am semi retired at the moment,perhaps in a few years..
Thank you again for your kindness.I can't tell you how much I appreciate it..
Michael J. Stoffel
Added by Mike on May 11, 2013 7:45 AM
Dear Bonita-I read your message and I think it is wonderful what you do..I happened across this site by chance,and found my aunt Ethelyn's information,where she is buried..if it is not too much to ask,I would like to see her gravesite photo..I live in nys,and won't be able to get to seattle any time in the foreseeable future..but she was so good to me,I would like to see her resting place if that is okay with you..no hurry,I really appreciate it.Her name is Ethelyn A. Murphy..
Thank you so much..
Added by Mike on May 07, 2013 5:28 PM
Photo deleted. Thanks!!
|Sunny Stayt||Posy Jones|
Thank you for transferring Aunt Posy to us
|Sunny Stayt||Edward Raymond Jones|
Thank you very much for getting the photo of Uncle Ed's crypt!
Thank you for your time and talent!!
Added by b bann on May 01, 2013 8:33 PM
|b bann||Jacqueline Ward|
Thank you so much for the beautiful picture...It was really thoughtful that you took the time to photo the area where she is buried - even though there is no monument....And i appreciate that a lot! plus your time and effort! Thank you!
I wonder where her husband William Joseph Ward is...
Added by b bann on Apr 30, 2013 10:34 PM
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