|Bonita Olmer (#46798970)|
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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 some 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%
of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.
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. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have 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. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.
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.
It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that 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 members.
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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|Janet Schafer-Beck||KATHERINE FRASHER|
Thank you so much for your time and dedication. Very sincerely, Janet
Hello there, I'd like to see if you would be able to transfer some of your memorials to me. You've created some of my family members I'd like to keep track of.
Dorothy B Elwood, #74483857 (Great Grandmother)
Beverly A Bruce #51239437 (Great Aunt, Dorothy's daughter)
Victor L Bruce #94982396 (Great Uncle, Bev's husband)
Thank you soo much for your time doing this.
|Dottie Gingerelli||Corporal Wade|
It was my pleasure and honor to take the picture. I'm of the same age and time. My husband is a Vietnam Navy vet and my brother is a Vietnam Marine Vet and commander of the American Legion Post 419 here. If I can ever help again, you can contact me through Find A Grave or through my email. Dottie
|Cheryl Harding||Willis and Amelia Johnston at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery|
Many thanks for the picture! Very clear and close up. Much appreciated. If you are local, do you think you might be able to track down Amelia's obituary?
|Tony||Corp Lopez Memorial|
Thank you for transferring his memorial to me.
Added by Tony on Dec 08, 2013 12:19 PM
|Patricia Everett||Holyrood Catholic Cemetery|
Bonita, I would like to link Marjorie Theresa Stromberg to her parents, but the problem is there are two memorials for her in Holyrood Cemetery, one you created Find A Grave# 119825715 and one by Grave Tag'r Find A Grave# 46491198, Marjorie Theresa Stromberg Find A Grave# for this one is 119437707. Do you know what can be done? I am doing the family history of this family for my very best friend of over 40 years.
Thanks so very much for all of your loving work on find a grave.
Patricia Everett Find A Grave# 47247927
|Victor Vilionis||Cpl Donald James Wader|
Thank you for the transfer of Find A Grave Memorial# 102801337 - I have complete the update and all that rests it to add his plot.
|Cheryl Harding||53479027 - Willis R Johnston|
It says in his obituary that his wife, Millie, preceded him in death. Is she buried next to him? If so, is she also listed on this site?
|Barb OD||Wood photos|
Thanks for photos
Added by Barb OD on Dec 01, 2013 3:05 AM
|Kelly O'Hanrahan||Charles and Jeanne Epping|
Thank you for the photo!
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