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Dana Dancy (#46998072)
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I currently live in Lancaster County, PA. I started researching my Family Tree in 2006. Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster, PA was my first attempt of adding burial records to "Find a Grave".
I completed my project at the Machpelah Cemetery in Lititz, PA in August 2009 by photographing all the readable Gravestones & doing a quick Obituary search at www.LancasterOnline.
I photographed all the readable gravestones in the St. James Cemetery in Lititz, PA in October 2013, after the cemetery was restored.
I now (as of March 2010) include FULL obituaries, as fellow "Find A Grave" contributors have convinced me to do so - if your name is listed in an obituary and you would like it removed or your name listed as "LIVING" please contact me and I will do so.
You have my permision to use my Gravestone pictures for personal use, post them at Free Web Sites, or as long as you give me credit for the photograph.
I will transfer any memorial that is not related to me, include the persons name, memorial number and your member number - any requests MUST include your member number.

NOTE: Any requests that do not include the member number will be IGNORED, as it is time comsuming to have to do the additional step of looking up the number.

If you leave a correction for a memorial & I don't post it please email me again. If you do not want your name/Find A Grave member number listed with the correction please note that - otherwise I list it.
I will do Obituary Look Ups at the Lititz Public Library (weekly paper dates from 1877 - 2001 covering Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA) - I go about once a month. Please include the DOD and any information that will help - there is an Death/Obituary Index but it is a work in progress, years completed are 1877 - 1950 (as of Dec 2010), rest of the years are being worked on by volunteers and not all years are complete - website with index is -

Other sites for obituaries/cemetery records in the area and USA are;

The website Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (Obituary Index) -

Mennonite Church USA (full obituaries) around the United States -

website - - Biographies, cemetery transcriptions, etc.

website - - Probate / Marriage Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - requires Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mozilla Firefox won't work..

Fulton County, PA - - Cemetery transcriptions, biographies, etc. also covers some of the surrounding counties.

Website for Old Newspapers around the United States (Scroll down to the state you want) -

The following websites supplied by Bill Tipton:
Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds Web Site
I suggest creating a user account; I never tried the guest login.
Note: Under General Criteria, Search Type, select Individual.
Java Runtime Environment is required to view and print documents. A link is provided for the download.
The site gives access to public domain documents including but not limited to deeds, mortgages, and POAs. Deeds can be quite helpful. For example, if a grantor is deceased (the sale if from an estate or surviving spouse), the death date is usually listed.
Note: Lancaster County Public Library Card is required. I got mine from the Lititz Library (free). You need the card number to log in.
There are two ProQuest lnks. ProQuest ABI/INFORM is NOT the better resource. The second ProQuest link "Provides access to Lancaster newspapers only: Intelligencer Journal and New Era backfiles, combined Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, and Sunday News . . . "
This archive goes back to 1995, good for obituaries (I believe that LancasterOnline goes back only to 2005), weddings, divorces, anniversary celebrations, police logs, and various other articles. Microsoft Internet Explorer is recommended but I use Firefox without problems. The only aggravation is an activity time limit. If you're inactive for awhile (1/2 hour?) you might have to re-login.
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RE: Graham Williamson Memorial # 72968870
Dana: Continue to use the 127766947 for Graham W. Williamson. The cemetery listing showed him as being buried in Mount Hope cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Havre, MT. He must have been moved to Highland cemetery sometime later. The birth date/place I used was from the 1900 census, and the article says he died at age 72. For the time being, I will make a note he was moved to Highland and maybe delete the entry later when this is straightened out. I have no other info on the family.
Added by cara on Apr 10, 2014 8:24 PM
Susan Kimes Burgess
Elvina Jane Carpenter Browne Tunison
Thank you for sending the obituary information for Elvina. I have posted it on Find A Grave noting you as the contributor.

Susan Kimes Burgess (#47528859)
Added by Susan Kimes Burgess on Apr 05, 2014 3:10 PM
Thomas Ladner
RE: Re: Ida Marti Burger 50441283

This is my position on Adding Obituaries on Find A Grave.

I understand all to well. What what some Find A Grave Contributors say:

However some Counties like Gladwin County, MI for the {Gladwin County Record} they actually would prefer the Full text of the Obituary be Shown. Plus, they don't Hassle one with the Statement: Obituaries are Copy-Righted.

Don't folks understand: 1) Who typically Author's a Obituary & gets Billed in the Process? Is it the Newspaper Owner's or Funeral Home Owner's? No! they get Paid to provide help to the Grieving Spouse or Family Member.

As for the Mentioning of Living Individuals is Concern. I think! Phone Books and other place can lead to Identity Theft. Also, the Posting of Full text Obituaries are shown already. See

My question is: If Obituaries have already been Paid for time & time again. Why! does it make Sense to drop in that Coin for a Print-out then one be Scared to Share it... Each time a Microfilm gets Viewed more & more (our) History gets Scratched, Torn or Damaged.
Copy-Right is the Attempt by Someone. Stating the are the True Owner of the Original Work! Or attempt to divert Money away from whom were Paid for their Service.

Last point I'll make is: Right in the Find A Grave Rules is a Statement. Which, states just before! Where it talks about Transfer's... Ultimate Goal of Find A Grave is: make each Memorial useful. Plus not each and every Memorial Created by someone is meant to stay with them. It's about Sharing! This mind set to me over-rides everything else Find A Grave Contributors do to frustrate others.

If we are Volunteers & doing everything for Free for the Benefit of Others. We aren't hurting anyone's Bottom Line Profit. Actually we are helping them. Putting everything online. Doesn't stop the Work. Since, their always be Birth's, Death's & Marriage's in the World.
Added by Thomas Ladner on Mar 29, 2014 5:21 PM
Thomas Ladner
Re: Ida Marti Burger 50441283

Please have a look at: Ida Marti Burger Find A Grave memorial # 50441283

Note: if everything looks good to you? I guess then you may take the Obituary image down.

I wish to thank you! for sending it forward. Hopefully now with it being more complete. Someone closer to this Ancestor will want it for their tree.... Thank You! again. :)
Added by Thomas Ladner on Mar 29, 2014 1:04 PM
Muddy Creek Map
That is cool. It makes is easier for folks to find the approximate locations for sure!!!! Bless you!!! You went the extra mile(s).
Added by JA_Nice on Mar 04, 2014 3:09 PM
Muddy Creek Cemetery
Yes, I've been using that site for a number of years for my Shimp ancestors and added a few pics of burial locations for the Lausch clan as well. Great site. I will check out your map for sure. Thanks so much!!!!
Added by JA_Nice on Mar 04, 2014 3:07 PM
Marcia vonGunden
Hello again Dana,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring Fianna Huber Shirk Barr to my care. I have successfully connected her with family and siblings. As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326

Added by Marcia vonGunden on Feb 19, 2014 8:05 PM
RE: Parental links for Lizzie (Hess) Bucher (Memorial# 60893984)
You are correct. Thanks for pointing it out. There are two Jonas Hess, one married to Elizabeth the other married to Anna. Born about same year and both lived in Lancaster. I withdraww the request. Thanks for calling this out.
Added by Grasser on Feb 18, 2014 7:16 PM
Jeff Sheaffer
RE: Samuel Bare

We appreciate your quick response and support in this matter. The link works PERFECT! Thanks for the Tip! Didn't know she was managing more than one John S. Bare.

With contributors like you, willing to support endeavors such as these; we can only make this site better for everyone.

John & Catherine Balmer-Bare had at least 16 children, and again with your support we are beginning to connect them.

Thanks again!

Jeff Sheaffer
Southern Maryland
Added by Jeff Sheaffer on Feb 13, 2014 9:49 AM
Tracy Rush
RE: Roland S. Groff
Thank you for adding his parents and also for the note, that was very sweet

Added by Tracy Rush on Jan 31, 2014 4:03 PM
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