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PictureTaker (#46829150)
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Updates are Welcome! I don't have time to respond with a thanks to every suggestion, but rest assured that I review requests and update records as soon as I can.

I recall reading F/G FAQ had a suggestion as to limiting the number of suggestions/corrections in some time period... If you're on a roll with good data for my records, pass them on!! Please click the edit tab on the record in question and make a menu selection for the info to be updated. It Greatly reduces my errors.

Requests for Memorial Transfers are welcome if I don't have a particular interest in the person. Don't hesitate to ask!! PLEASE click the "Edit" tab on the memorial, then select "Suggestion..." and enter your transfer request.


June 2014 - Helping transcribe Diuguid Funeral Home records. Currently working on 1905 Cemetery burial "locations".

Bedford's Longwood Cemetery online cemetery records have used to update F/G Longwood Cemetery Records. There are a number of extra records added with photos and a number of records added by others using other resource material. More photos to come as time, weather and sun position permit. This cemetery is as near to complete as can be done without an independent review.

Bedford's Oakwood Cemetery online cemetery records are being used to update F/G Oakwood Cemetery Records. Elks Rest, (central portion of Section A and and Section B) is complete (with photos), as is the "Crypt" area. Records for the rest of Oakwood Section A have been added. Currently uploading photos and scheduling repeat visits to complete a photo inventory of Section A. Additional online records for further sections are still under review June, 2014) and will be added as time allows.

If you need to add a new cemetery in Bedford County please check with the Bedford museum to get an existing cemetery name. There are more than 1800 cemetery/burial sites on record with locations/directions to the site. If you don't have GPS coordinates, please take the time to include "location/directions to" in the cemetery description.

If we can't locate a cemetery today, our decendant's will be even more challenged!

Although most of what I contribute to Find A Grave relates to photography, I'm a map sort of person and enjoy the challenge of finding any place in question in Bedford County. You're welcome to contact me with cemetery location questions.

I'm Bruce Paul, a resident of Bedford County, VA, USA for 30+ years.

I've found that photographing "Memorials" is an excellent way for me to combine my passion for Photography, the Outdoors, and History.

I started submitting records and photos after traveling country roads, enjoying the scenery while documenting my wife's DOOLEY ancestors who have been here since the early 1800's.

During my ramblings around Bedford County, I became interested in older monuments that were barely legible in Church, Public and family cemeteries...

I've been trusted with a job since 1998 that gives me the opportunity to visit many areas that are off limits (Posted) to most people... and I use those opportunities to seek out small private cemeteries that would otherwise be left unknown to F/G.

I'm sorry to say that I only speak English. I appreciate updates for any of my submittals in other countries and I'll work with you to to fix my mistakes.

VETERANS - For those that asked - I've completed a review of my cemeteries for VETS and have added them to Virtual Cemeteries. In 2006-09 I didn't keep good records of where I visited and after posting I deleted many of the photos I took, so they're not included. I'll be adding to the VET collection as time goes on..

Note that I don't 'collect' Vet memorials. However, when I come across biographies/photos or take photos where that information is available, I'll add them to my virtual cemeteries. If you have a local Vet that isn't included in my virtual cemeteries, you are welcome to contact me.

ELKS, aka Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

The Elks National Home was dedicated in 1903 in Bedford. Residents that passed away until 1980 were laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery's, "Elk's Rest" (Oak A & Oak B) and are included in my Elks Virtual Cemetery. June 2013; I'm confident that I have a full inventory...

Please note that VIRGINIA IS NOT A STATE!! (It's a Commonwealth).

Virginia's revised constitution of 1871 during the Reconstruction Period in US History specifies that 'Cities' are independent 'entities'... not part of the surrounding counties

For your best search results, check both cities and surrounding counties. Annexation boundaries change over time and small cities appear and disappear over the years. . .

Sincere and Cheerful Regards!

Last update June 2014.
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Messages left for PictureTaker (185)[Leave Message]
Ernestine MassieTabor
Charlotte Sale 92552292
Thank you so much for the transfer. I appreciate it. Tina Thanks for all the work you do.
Added by Ernestine MassieTabor on Jul 10, 2014 5:31 AM
Ernestine MassieTabor
Charlotte Sale 92552292
You are doing a great job on Find A Grave. Many thanks. If you have no interest, may I have Charlotte? She is my cousin - Her grandfather Robert Alexander is my 3rd great grandfather. Thank you so much for taking all these pictures. People who are looking for their kin are very grateful to you. Tina
Added by Ernestine MassieTabor on Jul 09, 2014 9:44 AM
Debra White Mizell
RE: William Mizell Memorial# 95240492
Thank you for all your info on our ancestor William Ivey Mizell. Also please add his birth date which is 9 April 1835.
Debra Mizell
Added by Debra White Mizell on Jul 05, 2014 8:07 PM
Robert Hunt
Charles Newton Hunt
thank you picturetaker for the info on the company Charles served with in the civil war.
Robert Hunt
Added by Robert Hunt on Jul 04, 2014 1:39 PM
Woodford transfers
Thanks for the transfers, Bruce!

Added by Ann on Jun 25, 2014 8:49 PM
RE: Leftwich Cem, Bedford CO VA
Hi Bruce,

In case it goes into your spam folder, I just send you an email :)

Added by Ann on Jun 24, 2014 8:28 PM
RE: Re Willie Farley #79195141
Hi Bruce,

Do you think some of the headstone inscriptions might be visible if rubbing were done? I have numerous relatives in this cemetery and if you think rubbings would work, I'd be willing to contact the church for permission and do them.

Added by Ann on Jun 24, 2014 7:18 PM
Blue Rose Of Cairo
Powers info
Hi Bruce, I would love it if you would forward the info you found to me I accept all the help I can get :)
Added by Blue Rose Of Cairo on Jun 06, 2014 12:59 AM
Debra White Mizell
RE: William Mizell Memorial# 95240492
I was also wondering if William Mizell's name was among the known soldiers buried here?
Added by Debra White Mizell on May 28, 2014 8:38 PM
Debra White Mizell
RE: William Mizell Memorial# 95240492
I Bruce
The family hasn't ever known where William Ivey Mizell was buried and was just wondering if he was buried here or was a monument placed here along with the other unknowns. Just wondering what info you may have.
Thanks for everything you do on this site.
Debra Mizell
Added by Debra White Mizell on May 28, 2014 7:37 PM
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