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Joe Gibbens (#47088892)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 15 days
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I began my interest in genealogy at about age 12 when I found interesting writings about previous generations of the family and I made copies for myself and kept them in a safe place because I thought it was fascinating. I still have those notes at age 68. I grew up in Wichita and San Antonio. Graduated high school in San Antonio.

I'm a Spec 5 Vietnam veteran married for 46 years with 3 children and 6 grand-children located in Wichita, Kansas.

I enjoy documenting graves so that others can find their kin easily and accurately. I'm grateful to those kind souls who have helped me in my research and am happy to return the favor. For every memorial I enter onto this site, that's another memorial that has a chance of getting into the right hands of family or friends.

Thanks to everyone who has sent encouraging and positive thoughts! I don't always have time to answer everyone back, but please know you too are appreciated.

Duplicates: It is never my intention to create a duplicate on purpose. If you come across a duplicate I have made, please use the SAC and let me know. Nicely, please. I'll be happy to remove it. Please don't create a duplicate of my memorials; I would rather you just ask for a transfer instead of creating a duplicate. I promise I won't grill you or make you prove your relationship to the deceased!

And for those that don't seem to get what a dupe is: If I enter a memorial on March 1st for Colby Smith and then someone else enters another memorial for the same Colby Smith on March 15th, the one entered on March 15th is the dupe, not mine.

Transfers: I will make transfers within Findagrave guidelines.

Photos: Please feel free to use any cemetery or grave photos I have posted on Findagrave for your personal use, public or private. For any photos of people, please contact me first. Some of them I have obtained permission to use from other sources and will need to run it by them first.

****If you volunteer on this website and decide you no longer want to maintain the records please transfer your records to someone who has an active account and willing to take over the records. I am one of many willing to take over records. This really will help reduce duplicates. It would also be a good idea to leave someone instructions on how to do make these transfers should you go inactive without warning.***** Thank You (Borrowed from another FAG Contributor)

Like so many other contributors, I've had to take my e-mail off my bio due to unsolicited, unwanted e-mails.

Thank you to findagrave member T.V.F.T.H. for allowing me to use the Duplicates and Photos language above.
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Wayne Brawner
Transfers of Hopkins memorials
Thank you for transferring my family members to me, Kenneth and Dorothy Hopkins. I started breathing again after I typed my request to you and before I could finish my 4th breath I had the memorials transferred to me, THANK YOU YOU ARE AMAZING.
I do appreciate what you do and I know the hard work that goes into this by me doing my family and my wife's family and you and others do so much more.
Again THANK YOU Wayne Brawner
Added by Wayne Brawner on Aug 29, 2014 6:54 PM
Snow Trottier
Duncan Family
Hi Joe,

Thanks for making the edits to the Duncan Family. I'll be posting pictures of their stones soon. Thanks for all your hard work!

Added by Snow Trottier on Aug 28, 2014 3:30 PM
LaWanda Lemley
Reg: Relative info
Hi again:) sorry for the confusion on info I requested. I see now that I asked for the wrong relatives transfer. Your name is connected to Daniel .F. Ladd. Would you be willing to transfer his to me instead?

LaWand Ladd-Lemley
Added by LaWanda Lemley on Aug 24, 2014 9:14 AM
LaWanda Lemley
Relative info
Hi;) I am related to David.O. Ladd # 36498487. Could you please transfer to me?

Thank you,
La Wanda Ladd-Lemley
Added by LaWanda Lemley on Aug 24, 2014 9:07 AM
Kathleen Englebretson
Sainy John's Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran
Joe, as you may have noticed I sent you a lot of edit's for Saint John's and Trinity Lutheran. You may remember that I let you know a couple of months ago that the indexes for these two cemeteries were a mess. This last Thurs and Friday Janet and Stan Schwartz from the ALHN website came over from Minnesota and we sat down with the cemetery sexton and other church represenatives and went thru every name one by one. I sent you the little edits as we went along but we are not done yet.
Be prepared. At this point if you go to Find A Grave and click on the No Photo link for these 2 cemeteries, almost all if not all of the names that come up were NOT found.
We are working on a new index. We are also going to try and identify those misplaced persons.
What I found out that happened is some woman came to the church and asked for the MEMBERSHIP records and copied them and is passing them around as BURIAL records. She actually linked them to the churches web pages without the knowledge or permission of the churches. We used the burial records. Both churches actually gave us the original burial records and plot maps to photocopy.
Stan will post the updated index on ALHN.
Added by Kathleen Englebretson on Aug 23, 2014 11:07 PM
Misty & Company
Edmund J Gillespie
Thanks Joe really appreciate your quick response.

R & S
Added by Misty & Company on Aug 18, 2014 10:52 AM
Ida Margaret (Nelson) Lancaster
Thanks Joe.
Added by PKN on Aug 17, 2014 12:02 PM
Zella Carlson
Thank you for adding the family links for Zella Ruthruff Carlson. Most of all though, thank you for your service to our nation sir.
Added by Lyn on Aug 16, 2014 10:24 PM
Peg & Lacey
Thanks so much for making the connections :)
Peg & Lacey
Added by Peg & Lacey on Aug 16, 2014 12:04 PM
Sorry to bother, but do u possibly have, or can get an obit on Cora Reiter? Do you know anything about her? I think she might be my gr. grandmother?
Vickie Gurnee Calvin
Added by Vickie on Aug 10, 2014 10:52 AM
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