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Samantha (#46860188)
 member for 8 years, 3 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo I send out 50 corrections a day so if you email me, please remind me which memorial we are talking about.

A duplicate is the copy. Even if it has more information, or if it's your relative, or if it has a photo.
The one in the correct cemetery wins no matter how old it is.
If you don't get it, you are on the wrong site.
TRANSFER REQUESTS posted here on my wall will be ignored. Use the 'edit' tab.
TRANSFER REQUESTS from people who have duplicates will be ignored. Clean up your mess.
TRANSFER REQUESTS from people with several "burial unknown" memorials that are not cremains will be ignored. Put things where they belong.
LINKS to "burial unknown" that are not cremains will be ignored. This isn't your scrap book, it's a website called FIND A GRAVE. Go find it, then add it.
Some free sites I find helpful:
CA birth index 1905-1995
CA death index 1905-1939
CA death index 1940-1997
Census and other indexes
Italian Cemetery Records
MO death certificates 1910-1962
San Francisco Mortuary index
On 28 JUL 2013 I was blessed to receive almost 45,000 abandoned memorials to work on in the Italian Cemetery in Colma, CA. On that day, my total went up to 49,973.

A year later the cemetery is really taking shape with so much help from so many people. I can't begin to thank everyone for; spending hours in the cemetery fulfilling photo requests, contributing obituaries, spending countless hours looking at indexes to send me edits, matching the memorials of individual body parts with the memorial for the rest of the body, taking entire families off my hands to work on even if they weren't relatives, and pointing out the duplicates to eradicate. Oh the thousands of duplicates. It was mind boggling.

My special thanks go to the people who have helped me do an intense search on memorials when their relatives in Italy email me requesting any information I can find.

I want to thank all the photographers out there getting headstone photos on memorials so the rest of us can sit on the couch and 'visit' our relatives. You may never know just how grateful we are.
What makes me smile?
*Seeing a duplicate disappear.
*Seeing a duplicate maker disappear.
*Memorials that have men with maiden names.
What makes me laugh out loud?
*Getting a transfer request sent to my email with no memorial number, no last name, and no member number.
ha ha It made me laugh again just telling you about it.
What makes me wonder?
*Seeing a contributor's bio with all the information needed to fill out a credit card application. Can you say "identity theft"?
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Frank Pisani
I asked for a photo of Pisani's grave. But I think I was wrong: the name of Robert Louis Stevenson's Italian friend at Monterey was Frank Pasani, and not Pisani. Sorry, I misread!
Best wishes,
Added by Maf on Nov 27, 2014 12:25 AM
Joan Morrison Payne
RE: Albert David Malfatti
I am researching Albert's mother's family and was wondering if you have additional regarding Albert David Malfatti. Thank You.
Added by Joan Morrison Payne on Nov 24, 2014 4:02 PM
RE: Italian Cemetery
Samantha, you are the best! I will enjoy researching these transferred "cousins" (we are all cousins!) on Ancestry and other databases and then adding what I find to their memorials and linking their families together. The photos that Ms. Pisciotta have added are beautiful. Many of the photos include complete birth and death dates. Carol (aka Searchers)
Added by Searchers on Nov 23, 2014 12:03 PM
Sabrina D
RE: Simi & Franceschini
Hi Samantha,

Thank you for offering to transfer them. I would be willing to take them. I read what you did/are doing for the Italian Cemetery. A big thank you for that.

Added by Sabrina D on Nov 23, 2014 4:26 AM
RE: Allamano
Samantha, thank you for the offer! I would be happy to take them. I'm still researching the family and I will probably find more links and info to add ..and if there is any research I an do for you, don't hesitate to ask. I am on Ancestry several times a week. Carol
Added by Searchers on Nov 21, 2014 6:57 PM
Marlene Lyon, "Searcher"
RE: your duplicate
Hello Samantha, Sorry to be so slow in answering you notice. I cannot find another memorial for Salome Farnsworth. Can you give me the memorial number so I can check it out.

Thank you,
Marlene Lyon
Added by Marlene Lyon, "Searcher" on Nov 19, 2014 1:48 PM
Possible Transfer?
Hi Samantha,

Would it be possible to have you transfer two of my wife's family over to me? They are Ben Rego (#44414523) & William McKenna (#44406775). It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and have a great week.

Rhett Mills (#48519438)
Added by Rhettallica on Nov 18, 2014 9:36 PM
Donald Comis
RE: Italian Cemetery memorials

Added by Donald Comis on Nov 11, 2014 8:39 PM
RE: Thank You
Thank you Samantha - have a great day.
Added by Graves on Nov 11, 2014 9:48 AM
Donald Comis
Information on #44367385 & #44367386
I'm interested in the memorials for Anna Comis (#44367385) and Dominic Comis (#44367386) in an Italian Cemetery in California.

I'm interested because I believe any Italian with the last name Comis is most likely related to me.

I wasn't sure if this message on both those sites meant I could ask for more information and to get a photo of Dominic's gravestone on his site (currently the gravestone for Anna Comis is on both sites):

"Additional information, including a grave photograph, will be posted by the contributor of this memorial upon request."

Don Comis
Added by Donald Comis on Nov 10, 2014 10:03 PM
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