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Chris (#46836790)
 member for 9 years, 7 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo I absolutely love genealogy and this website is a great tool to make sure those who have passed before us aren't forgotten. Old family photographs are a passion of mine so if you have photos of any of the individuals posted please add them and email me so I can see them! If you have documents/obits or anything else regarding any of my memorials I'd also love to see them. A decent majority of my memorials are in my tree.....we're all related somehow!

I understand how this website began (to record graves) but I do NOT subscribe to the theory that that's all it's for as it's really transformed itself (with photo options and edits/links it's become a WONDERFUL option for displaying actual family trees) Why not create as complete/accurate memorials of our ancestors as possible? So for those of you that don't agree with me we will have to agree to disagree. I will continue submitting corrections/links as I come across them. I'm not perfect but if I've submitted a correction I've researched it and have a reason for it - I am not submitting them willy-nilly.

With the release of Michigan marriage/divorce records through 1952 it's amazing to me the number of "starter" marriages I've found (and number of questions I get from people questioning spousal links I submit). If I've asked for a link to a spouse it's because I've proven they were married. It may not always be pleasant to add that 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) spouse to great grandma so and so but it's an accurate representation of history and quite frankly it's someone they loved at some point in time right?

I see those that complain about death certificates, etc being posted on memorials and how those "add nothing". That is absolute malarkey. How often are headstones wrong? Sometimes the only way to prove it (and keep incorrect edits from being submitted) is to add the certificate. I generally only add to my memorials but that's why a lot of them are there. If you come across a memorial that has photos, obits, death certs or anything else on them they are likely in my direct family line and I will not apologize for what I've added. If I've added something to one of your memorials (in years past) and you'd like it removed please contact me and I will.

I will occasionally post a "burial unknown" if it means that generations after that person will be linked up with other family (or to keep that one missing sibling from being left out of their family). I'd love to be able to add burial locations for every memorial but it's not always possible and with today's practices I suspect that future generations will have even more issues with this. I would suspect that a few % of memorials that have "known" burials are in the wrong cemetery anyway so what's the difference?

I like to play nice on this website. I have made many neat connections and would much rather have fun with this than butt heads with someone. If you want to get along with me I'll get along with you. In genealogy connections are EVERYTHING - research assistance, etc. comes from your connections and the connections (and dare I say friendships) I've made on this site have been wonderful.

You are welcome to use my headstone photos in your personal family trees (consider this permission). I have always appreciated a note with credit to me and especially have appreciated those that have asked in the past. I gave up long ago fighting those that took my personal family photos and added them to their tree without my permission. At some point in life you just accept that there are inconsiderate jerks in the world and move on. I do enjoy it when I find the people labeled incorrectly. I'd gladly help fix it but I don't help thieves. Ultimately I've used this site to record for future generations and not sharing the photos defeats that purpose but geez people, show some class!

I don't subscribe to the transfer rules of findagrave so if you're related to or have a particular interest in someone that I have a memorial for please let me know how you're related and (unless they're in my direct line) I'll gladly transfer. This site has become about collecting numbers for some and I quite frankly could give a rat's patoot about numbers.

My biggest pet peeve are people that create duplicate memorials when it's blatantly obvious that a memorial already exists. I will always fix mine if I create one (name differences, transcription errors, etc) but some of what I've seen is just sheer laziness and I will report those whenever I find them. Please LOOK BEFORE YOU POST! You will never find me uncooperative with your requests so to duplicate one of my memorials is absolutely unnecessary (in addition to rude and against the rules).

That is all :). Happy graving!
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RE: Katie Arndt Memorial
Thanks Chris, I have and membership but didn't realize they had that specific information. I need to take time to explore more than census records. Thank you for the offer.
Added by P.Brewer on Nov 28, 2015 8:39 AM
RE: John Harris #127123919
Hi Chris, My mother has a significant DNA match to a descendant of John's son Martin. I might be related to the Harris line or to Martin's wife Julia Irish, or neither one. Have you been DNA tested? Karl
Added by cousin_karl on Nov 24, 2015 5:52 AM
Katie Arndt Memorial
I have received the edits you requested for Katie Arndt - Maplewood cemetery #84296601. They will be processed. I went to your bio (read all of it)
and agree wholeheartedly. You mentioned the release of Michigan Marriages thru 1952. What website did you get these from. Also, I noticed you have posted several Arndt memorials. If you would like a transfer of management, just let me know.
Thanks. Pat
Added by P.Brewer on Nov 21, 2015 2:37 PM
Jasper A. Johnson & Family in South Casnovia Cemetery
I was curious if you are related to Jasper A. Johnson? If not I was wondering if you would consider transferring my great grandfather to me? Let me know. Deej
Added by Deej on Nov 16, 2015 9:08 PM
Laura Aanenson
RE: Hubbells in Rose Hill Cemetery
Thanks for the reminder - updates have been made.
Added by Laura Aanenson on Nov 01, 2015 1:02 PM
Mary E
John Gerard #52700437
I noticed that you added a picture for John J Gerard. Thank you. He was my husband's great grandfather. As a comment you said the picture was found in "The Operative Miller - Volume 26". I was unable to find the reference for the obituary. Could you assist me in getting a copy of the obituary? Are you related to the Gerard family? We have just recently been able to locate my husband's great grandmother's grave. She was divorced and moved to Maryland and remarried.
Added by Mary E on Oct 26, 2015 4:25 PM
Leon A Wilcox #98798369
Chris -
Could you please revise the burial for Leon Wilcox and his wife Mabel(Carey) Wilcox from "unknown" to Arlington Hill Cemetery, Bangor MI.
My wife and I were recently photographing Wilcox graves at Arlington Hill, and came across the markers for Leon and Mabel. They are buried in the same family plot at his parents and two siblings. I have added the photos to their memorials.
I also do not understand the Detroit/Birmingham burial notations in the records you cited, but they are clearly buried in Arlington Hill

Added by jaurbanowski on Oct 20, 2015 12:42 PM
chuck cummins
re: Eleanor Vanderhoff
My source, which places her in Florida National Cemetery is US Veterans Affairs. I also note different spouses. Be interesting to see the grave marker at Florida National. I've placed a photo request for Eleanor.
Added by chuck cummins on Oct 20, 2015 12:10 AM

My apologies. The Colbert/Coble confused me (I have the flu right now so it's easy to do) and for some reason I was thinking that the edit was for the infant daughter, not the mother. I have gone ahead and linked them.

Added by Zella on Oct 12, 2015 4:44 PM
ELLEN Wadsworth
I am very impressed reading your blog. I am still new to ancestry and you are so right many of them are lazy, people left out, wrong people put in, little about the person and their life. I think that is why it takes me so long to work on my DAR is finding the correct information. I am so glad to have you there for help and reference. If I can help please let me know. I am wheelchair bound so not much of pictures but can research. Thanks Ellen
Added by ELLEN Wadsworth on Oct 07, 2015 2:26 PM
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