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Zella (#46524425)
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Lorraine Smith
RE: Hershberger
You are very welcome, I love the Shawnee Cemetery. The large monument needs more cleaning, but I take my time with just water and soft toothbrush. Also, there may be writing on the other side of it, I'm thinking for the baby she had. Looks like she died in childbirth, so sad. But always remembered! If I find any inscription, I will let you know.
Added by Lorraine Smith on Jun 28, 2016 4:35 AM
RE: William and Catherine Edger
So glad we could help you.
Added by Subiloves on Jun 28, 2016 12:45 AM
Bertha B. Buttner
Susanna Reimel Kratzer

I am curious about being declined in regards to linking Susanna Reimel (16916643)wife of wife of Frederick Kratzer to her parents.

The reason given was that it would remove accurate data. I don't see how it would do this in any way.

I hope you will reconsider this matter.

Please let me know how this will remove any data or "accurate" data you may have.

I am a Reimel descendant.

Many Thanks

Added by Bertha B. Buttner on Jun 26, 2016 8:24 AM
Judy Stone
RE: David Daniel Spangler (1807-)
Thank you for your response. I have two census records for 1840, one from Franklin OH and one from Gettysburg PA. The children are not listed in 1840 so it's hard to pinpoint, but the one from Franklin has 11 in the household, and David and Catherine only had three children then (unless 6 were servants or other family members). The 1840 census from Gettysburg does have 6 family members, although there is no age category for Catherine who was 36. I know that David was born in PA as it lists this on the 1850 and 1860 census. They moved to Ohio after 1850. Records match up perfectly from 1850 and forward, (except his death) but anything prior to that is a mystery.

In Chrisitan Spangler's will that to refer to, is there no David listed? Thank you again for the message! Do you have any other suggestions?

Added by Judy Stone on Jun 22, 2016 9:19 AM
Albert Ledoux
Agudath Achim
Answered my own question! If I had paid closer attention yesterday, I would have seen that that lower strip DOES have a pink rose section marker: Mount Olive! So you can just forget about my earlier note. Thanks!
Added by Albert Ledoux on Jun 19, 2016 4:59 PM
Albert Ledoux
Agudath Achim in Altoona
I'm in the process of doing 100% photo coverage for Agudath Achim in Altoona. I note that pretty much all the pix you posted are in the Mt. Carmel section.

The actual rose granite marker for Mt. Carmel section is located part way up a little hill, with most of the stones above and behind it actually being shaded by trees - as I am sure you found out!

There's a section downhill from that marker, though, that faces an asphalt drive, is separated by a line of tall trees from the shaded area, and is fully lit by the afternoon sun. As far as you can recall, did you do these as part of Mt. Carmel? This strip of graves, maybe four rows deep, has no rose granite marker, so I am sort of assuming that it is considered part of Mt. Carmel.

You'll probably have to go back to the cemetery map to refresh your memory.
Added by Albert Ledoux on Jun 19, 2016 10:40 AM
Mark Butler
Thank you
Thank you for sending me the correct burial information for Anna Dodson. Did you get my edits to add her to her children's pages?
Added by Mark Butler on Jun 16, 2016 6:36 AM
Jane Gramlich
Duncan in Glendale Cemetery
Hello Zella, I just submitted an edit for Joyce (Royce) Duncan in Glendale Cemetery. I have records to verify this edit if you would like to see them. Thanks.
Added by Jane Gramlich on Jun 14, 2016 3:24 PM
Mr. Ed
William Foltz
I cleared a space for a photo. Ed ~
Added by Mr. Ed on Jun 12, 2016 7:00 PM
Albert Ledoux
RE: Zion Lutheran - Hollidaysburg
This past week I covered the cemetery front and back with the camera. I waited for the sunniest days possible before heading out. I can tell you that without those memorials you created, I wouldn't have had a clue where to locate the worst of the stones!
Added by Albert Ledoux on Jun 12, 2016 7:23 AM
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