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The book of life is brief,|
And once the pages read,
All but love is dead:
That is my belief. [Bobby Goldsboro, 1960s]
I periodically notice while updating my own family memorials that some awesome volunteers have added pictures. I did not request these (maybe thought I'd take some myself someday?), but want to thank you SO very much for them; I'll gratefully send you a message whenever I stumble into this happy experience!
eeHa...going north for awhile...have missed the little cemeteries in rural areas...even the ones with snakes and black widows...oh, and buffalo! Can't complain about the ones with deer scat as I dance around enough of that without leaving home AND have a picture somewhere of deer in Arlington National ~ must be a status symbol...dadoorunrun!
02DEC2012: I was just given a priceless Christmas gift: on top of the new experience I had of being able to coordinate names/places in a cemetery I'd never been to before BEFORE I got there, I now have a chart for the cemetery one of my best friends ~ the first person I knew who hunted graves and told me about the marker of a man who'd outlived seven wives ~ is in. While hubby starts a venture to tape histories of county "old-timers" rather than us having to search for their graves, we met an enchanting man ~ in the Enchanted Mountains ~ whose father used to oversee the local Protestant cemetery, and whose granddaughter does now...just serendipity smiling, and me giving a BIG, thankful grin right back.
Oh, no ~ gotta revisit an issue (as tho' you'uns are reading this, huh? ~ :^): unsponsored memorials can hold a maximum of FIVE pictures so if you request a grave shot, there might not be any room left for it! If I'm involved in such a quandary, I'll explain to you directly by open message or "report a problem."
I have a habit of taking even shots of totally unreadable markers in hopes that the digital picture with reveal something...ANYthing. When even partially successful, I'm happy to share with others what little I was able to decipher. We also attempt to clean off markers, usually finding that what looks like simply dirt is calcium/mineral deposits or other permanent external adhesions...on top of various lichens...which humans should not even breathe, but we do what we can within regulations.
When I'm not working on my own family genealogy, I'm freely available and happy to help anyone track missing dead and have done so 1000+ times; in ten years, there have been just four people for whom I could find zilch-zip-nada-nothing. Just message me any known details of the unlocated, but make sure you've first done everything you can to find this person yourself because my priorities are of importance like uniting families with diseases who've been looking fifty years for connections, and/or those who pique my own interest. A request like "please send me anything you can find on my family" must go to a paid professional genealogist.
If I know where to find a person's obituary online, I try to include it, especially if it seems to me the family is lacking information; BUT newsprint is usually NOT clear, has often frustrated me, and will appear exactly the same even if YOU find it online or when passed directly by email. I will try to interpret what I can make out if others have worse eyes or no luck.
You can use pictures I take in your online family trees, giving credit to "FindAGrave member #46897564" ~ if you want one of a same picture reposted on a 2nd memorial (like because there were names of both husband and wife on same marker), please ask me to do it myself so I don't later find your name on a picture I took. And, if you want multiple people in the same cemetery, please make a separate request for each instead of a list in "comments" as "comments" do not print out and are often confusing on top of making it difficult to find and then post pictures into your other associated memorials ~ if they exist in the first place. "Comments" are supposed to apply to the one grave they are for and be anything that makes it easier for a searcher to find same. If you like and have public message (not email; I do not do email regarding FindAGrave) capability, I will tell you if there are other family members around your requested person. I understand the "20 request" limit as it's the same limit for "claims," and seems defeatist within a single cemetery, but I have no control over the "limits."
No reason to read below as I only tell my personal reasons for being on FindAGrave:
I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist, for several years until he died while my husband was off in a war zone; then I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point military ancestors ~ our own 28+ RevWar Patriots and others God lays on my heart.
So, at the on-set in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing James Powell from Wes' family ~ his grandmother's grandfather ~ with the help of a Maine historical society, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007.
With much love, great joy and respect, Major Powell is now posted in both Wikipedia ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Edwin_Powell ~ and FindAGrave. I intend to someday be buried in Arlington National with a joint memorial stone to him so he'll at least get a KNOWN cenotaph!
But what peeved me most in family research was finding my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting "flowers" to their memories.
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|Jennifer Bauer||Freida Roach|
Thank you for this beautiful headstone photo!
|Judy Poirier||Raymond James Crowe|
Thank you, thank you!
|CathyJ1952||RE: Calvin Snow Memorial|
Oh, sorry, I see that now
|CathyJ1952||Calvin Snow Memorial|
I see that you loaded a photo of a gravestone on Calvin's memorial but all I see is his wife's gravestone ????
|Linda Proudler||STANKEY, Theodore H|
Many thanks for the great pictures! Your time and patience are important for those of us that no longer live where we were raised!
|Judy Poirier||Raymond James Crowe|
Would you add the photo you took for Orpha Ackerman Hagan Crowe (#91854339) to Raymond James Crowe, #91916971 - they were buried next to each other at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean, NY in Block 45, Lot 26, Grave 3 or 4. Orpha is in either 3 or 4 and Raymond is in the other one.
|Judy Poirier||Orpha Ackerman Crowe|
Thank you so much for taking this photo!
My Aunt, living in NC, just turned 90 years old two weeks ago and will be so happy to see your picture.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Update done for this 104 year old!
Thank you so much for the photo of the headstone and the obituary. This has been an amazing research help and I thank you very much.
Hi, Sorry its took me a while to get back to you this morning. I been feeling real rough with this stupid stint. I feel so bad, i didn't even go to church this morning. Thankfully it gets took out next Friday morning. Im trying to hang in there with it.
Thank you for the info on Richards child and grandchild and also the memorial transfers.
Added by melissa on May 05, 2013 10:21 AM
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