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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 10 years, 6 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo 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 a 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%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87%
May 10, 2015, 88%
May 18, 2015, 89%
May 25, 2015, 90%
May 31, 2015, 91%
June 9, 2015, 92%
June 17, 2015, 93%
June 25, 2015, 94%
July 2, 2015, 95%
July 7, 2015, 96%
July 14, 2015, 97%
July 29, 2015, 99%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos or, when there is no visible marker, an area photo.

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. Making your request this way gives me 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. I do this because I don't have time to confirm all the information people send to me, and the question, "Where did you get your information?" is answered right there on the page. If you don't have a findagrave ID, I will use your email address when crediting you as contributor of information.

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.

For me, this is not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It is about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think 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 or friends.

If I'm being honest though, I have to say my least favorite transfer request is: "Please transfer my relative." I have transferred to people based on this kind of request, and the result is less than satisfying. No information or photos are added; no family connections made; they do not respond to edit requests, and I wonder why the person thought they wanted to maintain the memorial page in the first place.

My favorite transfer request goes something like this: "So-and-so was a family friend. We lived next door to her for many years. She was like a second mother to me. I remember when... Birth Date: xxx; Birth Place: xxx; Maiden Name: xxx, etc. I have also added a photo of her." Transfer requests like this will be made in a heartbeat. I love learning something about every person in Holyrood (my adopted cemetery). I smile every time I think about the feisty little lady in Holyrood who stabbed her abusive husband in the neck, and the photo on her memorial page is a mug shot (although you can't tell at first glance). And there are others... so many others.

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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Messages left for Bonita Olmer (1197)[Leave Message]
TAYLOR
RE: James Dougherty
Thank you. I added the photo of him to the memorial.
Added by TAYLOR on Feb 01, 2016 9:43 PM
Ellen
RE: Grave Photo for Dorothy Hughes
You are so welcome. I got out there just before it started to rain. Perfect timing. Ellen
Added by Ellen on Jan 16, 2016 6:53 PM
Val Campbell
RE: Forcier and BC Archives
Yea!!!!!

I am so happy that you've been able to find what you've wanted!

Val :)
Added by Val Campbell on Jan 06, 2016 8:15 AM
Joseph Parente
Ruby M Daquila
She is my 4th cousin once removed, the daughter of Rosario Volpentesta & Anna Maria Parente, and daughter-in-law of Nicola D'Aquila & Maria Rosaria Filomena Pistillo.

If you have Italian ancestry, the following website has Italian civil records from 1809 to 1900, currently for 43 provinces.

http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/?q=gallery

Sincerely,

Joseph Parente
Added by Joseph Parente on Dec 29, 2015 9:14 AM
Paul Everitt
RE: Grave Photo for Bawyns
Yes, I also noted to him that from Wa Archives Mrs. McKay's maiden name was Reilly, the same as the surname of her brother listed in the obit on the memorial. I believe she actually is the Margaret R.McKay who died in 1970 and is at Holyrood and that the 2013 death date listed on the other F-A-G memorial is a duplicate.
Added by Paul Everitt on Dec 28, 2015 11:47 PM
Loveid Genealogy Project
Barber Transfer
Thank you for transferring Harrison's memorial to me.
Added by Loveid Genealogy Project on Dec 28, 2015 3:01 PM
Joseph Parente
Philomena Daquila
Her full birth name was Maria Rosaria Filomena Pistillo. She was born in Vinchiaturo, Campobasso, Molise, Italy, on the 8th of February 1879.

Joseph Parente
Added by Joseph Parente on Dec 28, 2015 10:46 AM
Ricki-Rochelle Cervantes
RE: Please contact me
I was given wrong information.
I was told that there was an actual head stone.
but my sister told me she gave me the wrong family members.
Thank you though for your photos
Added by Ricki-Rochelle Cervantes on Dec 17, 2015 5:23 PM
Ricki-Rochelle Cervantes
thanks
This is so cool
thank uou
Added by Ricki-Rochelle Cervantes on Dec 17, 2015 4:37 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfers & thank yous X2
Hello again Bonita,
Thank you as always for your continuing help in "reuniting" my family members
The transferred memorials;
Walter Morris Henry # 11901657
& his wife;
Marjorie Aileen Ward McDermott Henry # 11901662
have been updated to include their parents, siblings and their only child/my uncle.
I will be adding to OUR memorials as I get new information.
With continuing appreciation,
Marcia
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Dec 11, 2015 6:52 PM
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