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Lisa Burks (#46590262)
 member for 16 years, 5 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo Hi there! I create memorials to remember the dead and to help folks connect with the memories of loved ones. Final disposition is the last chapter of anyone's story, an important element of genealogy. I'm not a stickler about transferring memorials, just ask. I'm happy to transfer any that I've created except for my immediate family. Please use the Edit tab to request page transfers and to suggest corrections or offer additional facts.


In late June 2014 I moved back to Michigan from California to be my Mom's primary caregiver; she is a stroke survivor and we are currently navigating the world of old age senility/dementia. While here I have been enjoying "Find A Graving" at nearby cemeteries in White Lake, Highland and Milford. My go to resource for researching older graves are the township cemetery transcripts published by the Oakland County Genealogy Society, invaluable field guides. Thank you OCGS!


I appreciate all the flowers people have left for my beloved Dad! Thank you! :) December 10, 2016 will be his 32nd Angel Day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He was a wonderful person and parent.


ABOUT ME & CEMETERIES: I've been drawn to cemeteries for as long as I can remember, having often played among the old tombstones at Oxbow Lakeside Cemetery while growing up in White Lake, Michigan.

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 I began exploring celebrity graves as a hobby and along the way have been just as moved by the neighboring "civilian" headstones that surround and outnumber them. I met like-minded grave hunters when The Hollywood Underground Yahoo group was formed in 1998.

I ran the website from 2007-2015 in order to keep the public informed about the ongoing closure/lawsuit story happening there in Glendale, Calif. The cemetery is now under new ownership and I am focusing on chronicling its 100+ year history.

Volunteers still work on updating the Grand View FindAGrave page and fulfilling photo requests.

Adventures in Grave Hunting is my cemetery-related blog. I haven't updated it in a while but the archives of old stories go back several years. I have a huge backlog of interesting stories just waiting to be told when I have more free time.

My first contribution to Find A Grave was in August 2000, in honor of my grave hunting buddy Denis Svoboda.

I collect vintage photographs of grave markers and of people posing in cemeteries, wondering about the stories behind the snapshots. I like to match them with Find A Grave memorials that are already online, virtually reuniting loved ones whose pictures somehow ended up for sale here and there. See the evolving results here.
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Courtney Loeh
Susan Carol Pantke
Hi Lisa,

I put in a couple edits for Susan Pantke. She was my aunt. She and my mother are sisters. Thank you for creating her memorial and also for trying to connect Sara's memorial to Susan's.
Added by Courtney Loeh on Jan 05, 2017 10:13 PM
Glenda Schroeder
Thanks so much for the transfer.
Added by Glenda Schroeder on Nov 26, 2016 6:36 PM
Sharon Ellis
RE: Chamberlins at White Lake Cemetery
Hi Lisa,
Yes, please do transfer Fannie and Orrin Chamberlin.
I would be delighted to have them and will update them too. Keep well,
Added by Sharon Ellis on Nov 25, 2016 9:26 PM
Sharon M. Bledsoe
Janet Kocemba
Thank you for the update. If you send me the obit I will add it to the memorial. thank you
Added by Sharon M. Bledsoe on Nov 13, 2016 2:57 PM
reL: Linda Fraser obit
Hi Lisa,
Thanks for the obit info. As to the burial location,the obit is wrong. I have her in the proper place as I can see her headstone from my son's plot. Also, she was a friend so I know she is in proper place.
Added by DMG on Nov 06, 2016 4:41 AM
RE: Infant Son Garst
Thank for the transferr. I have link him to his parent and will take good care of him.
garstjake, Al Garst
Added by garstjake on Oct 28, 2016 11:25 AM
Dairlis Rigg
Parrish Headstones
Hi Lisa! Thank you for the photos of Susan Parrish'(Find A Grave Memorial# 154849164) and John Parrish headstones! Wow! They look hard to read - you are a good hunter!
Added by Dairlis Rigg on Oct 02, 2016 6:09 AM
Julie Bennett Coleman
Donald Elgas
Thanks again for your help. Donald's memorial is now in the Highland Township Cemetery #1, Dighton, Osceola, Michigan.

Added by Julie Bennett Coleman on Sep 08, 2016 3:33 PM
Julie Bennett Coleman
Donald Elgas - Highland 128901753
Lisa, thanks so much for catching my error regarding Donald's burial location. As it appears that there are 2 Highland Township Cemeteries in Osceola County, Michigan, do you have any idea WHICH one he is in?

Thanks for your help,
Added by Julie Bennett Coleman on Sep 08, 2016 7:11 AM
RE: Adelaide V Moore Hitchcock
Thank you again. I was wondering if they were buried next to each other, now you have confirmed it. I also found the death certificate of Clara on Seeking Michigan and it was signed by her cousin Edith Stott.

Best Regards,
Added by Jeanne on Sep 01, 2016 6:39 PM
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