Teacher, writer, published poet. Genealogy is not just a hobby; it's a passion. Researching the COLEMAN - HARPER - BRUNER - SHAFER - IMPSON - BARNES - SALSGIBER family lines. Roots in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and Utah.
I am no longer personally creating memorials for Find A Grave. I've never been concerned about the number of memorials I could create...only about those I could accurately create and manage. I will continue to maintain the memorials which I have created in the past, and to provide assistance to those in need.
I have taken more than 7000 photos of the markers in Maple Grove Cemetery, North Lewisburg, Ohio (about 4700 burials), and Woodstock Cemetery, Woodstock, Ohio (about 1600 burials), and will be happy to provide photos to anyone who is creating memorials for individuals buried in either of these two cemeteries, OR anyone who requests photographs through the Find A Grave process. Contact me for assistance if you have a loved one, friend or associate buried in either of these two cemeteries.
There are a great many volunteers on Find A Grave who create vast numbers of memorials using only obituary notices. Often, many months or even years go by before photos of the grave markers are added - if ever - to these memorials. I personally believe that every memorial should have a photo of the gravesite marker, if one is available. And, this action should be as soon as possible after the posting of the memorial, regardless of who posts the photo. The gravesite marker sometimes draws attention to error(s) in the memorial text, and vice versa.
Some Find A Grave volunteers do not want any gravesite photos attached to their memorials unless they provide their own. Why then does Find A Grave have a feature for requesting photos of gravesites and attaching them to memorial pages? I don't believe maintenance implies ownership, unless the creator of the memorial is paying for the memorial to the exclusion of Find A Grave's advertising.
I have OFFICIALLY worked with the Board of Trustees of Maple Grove Cemetery and Woodstock Cemetery, Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio, to officially photograph the cemeteries and transcribe the official records of the cemeteries.
I can thus assist with information regarding individuals buried in these two cemeteries, or photographs of the gravesite markers. I have the most extensive databases, created from transcribed original cemetery records, funeral home records, obituaries, and other sources. Even if a name which you are researching does not appear on the Find A Grave pages for these two cemeteries (Maple Grove Cemetery and Woodstock Cemetery) I can probably provide you with the available information. Don't hesitate to ask.
Incidentally, in 2012, the entire databases and photographs for Maple Grove Cemetery and Woodstock Cemetery, Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio, will be published on the Internet for access by and use of family history researchers. Watch for advance notice here.
RE: James William Coleman It's deleted. Sorry about that, I had sent an email to the other individual asking for the memorial number, but never received a reply. I've loaded thousands of photos and wasn't quite sure who they were asking about.
Sophia Stoddard Hall I just received the transfer of my ggg-grandmother and notice that it has a photo of my great great-grandmother Sarah M Hall on it, who was married to G.D Hall my gg grandfather. Please, would it be possible to remove that photo and replace it with the one you added to David Harvard Hall's memorial page #48955212, it has Sophia name on it if you look close. It was not your fault, the person who created this memorial had Sarah Stoddard Hall instead of Sophia.. they are both buried in the same cemetery. I could copy and save the photo myself and add it to her memorial, but that would not be right, since you took the photo and should have the credit. Hope I didn't make this too confusing, I would really, really appreciate your help. I was so excited to find them added on Find A Grave and was able to add another link for my family.. Thank you so much for your efforts in helping others on Find A Grave, much appreciated. Marty Boyd Campbell Mexico, Missouri
RE: George Reams Hello Ralph: Thank you for the info. You may get a message from Linda Ellis since I have been corresponding with her also. This George Reams was born in Cable, Ohio but died in Urbana (b. 08-29-1866, d. 07-14-1934). Hew was single - never married. He was a 5th Cousin-3x of mine. The undertaker was: M. F. Freeman of North Lewisburg. Burial date was 07-17-1934
Linda wondered IF there was an obituary in the Urbana newspaper in 1934. I will seek to find that at the library. I plan to travel to Bellefontaine in the spring, so could visit the Urbana library at that time.
Let me know if you need further info, and thank you again for your assistance.
Larry L. Reams firstname.lastname@example.org North Ridgeville, Ohio
Maple Grove Cemetery Hello Ralph: I am looking for a father and son buried either in Maple Grove or Butcher. There is no Find A Grave Memorial for the father Joseph J. Reams (d. Jun 14, 1901 in Wayne, Champaign, OH); his wife was Winifred (Winnie). The son was George Reams and I created a Memorial for him in Butcher, but a recent email I rec'd suggests that he may be buried in Maple Grove (see Find A Grave #102634382).
Would you have photos for either Joseph J. or George?
Larry L. Reams, email@example.com North Ridgeville, Ohio
Thank you kindly for responding to my Grave Photo Request for Elephas Burnham. I like to have as much documentation as possible for any names I enter into my genealogy database. These are lovely photos.