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Ed Smith (#47100545)
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I have met many wonderful people on Find A Grave. Thanks to all the contributors for all you have done and continue to do. Thanks everyone for all the suggested corrections, and extra information provided to me.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of individuals who do not understood that we are volunteers, who have been rude, who have been otherwise abusive or who have been frankly bizarre. Because of this, I will follow the Find A Grave guidelines. It is about the hunt, not the numbers. But dealing with some of the Find A Grave members and interlopers, I have learned to follow the guidelines.

UPDATES AND CORRECTIONS:
I am always happy to to update or correct memorials but PLEASE use the "EDIT" tab on individual memorials to suggest information corrections or additions. This sends a direct link to the memorial as well as your own profile page. If a request is left on my profile page it will be ignored and deleted. I just don't have the time to search for the individual memorial and then make the update.

MISTAKES:
If you discover that I have made a mistake or created a duplicate later than one you created, please use the Edit tab and send me the correction and I will delete the duplicate immediately. And please be nice. A simple request is all I ask. I strive to have my memorials as accurate as possible, but I am human and I will make mestakes.

TRANSFERS:
I will only transfer listings of one's direct relatives within four generations as defined in Find A Grave Guidelines. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. Consider using the Virtual Cemetery feature. It's an easy way to collect all of your ancestors either in one big VC or you can have several VCs for various family lines.

When requesting a transfer, use the EDIT TAB on the memorial and state your relationship. If it falls within Find A Grave guidelines I will complete the transfer. If there is no relationship noted, the relationship is outside Find A Grave Guidelines or the request is posted on my profile page, it will be ignored and deleted.

A CALLING:
What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009
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Gerri B
Victor C. Lunardi memorial
Hi Ed,
I looked up my Dad's memorial today as I do periodically and whenever I read the message you left me when you transferred to care of his memorial to me, I get tears in my eyes. It was so sweet and meant so much to me: "We are strangers, but I found you. Because of this your daughter has found you. I give you to her to care for your memory. Rest in peace."

I am thankful for all you have done on the Find-a-Grave site. This is such a wonderful service and has helped me and countless others remember and honor their loved ones. In addition, it is linked to Ancestry.com and when doing family history research, the Fina-a-Grave site proves invaluable. So thank you again and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Added by Gerri B on Nov 24, 2014 12:22 PM
Sharon Correia-Borges
Barbara and Jose "Joseph"Nunes
Thank you for taking care of our Great Grand Parents.
I Have started adding to their history.
Added by Sharon Correia-Borges on Nov 12, 2014 7:46 PM
Valice Raffi
Mary E. Boulter
Thanks for updating her memorial, I'm not related - she's related to someone in my local cemetery.
Added by Valice Raffi on Nov 11, 2014 5:46 AM
Gary and Carrie Lewis
Transfer
Thanks so much for creating memorial and transfering Maria to me, Gary
Added by Gary and Carrie Lewis on Nov 09, 2014 7:36 PM
Rowene Fairchild
1940 census
Sorry I ment to say the 1940 census reads residence 1940 Chapel, Howell, Missouri and 1935 residence Duglass, Butler, Kansas and that his name is FRANCIS MELBREN WELLS.

Thanks for your help. Rowene Fairchild
Added by Rowene Fairchild on Nov 09, 2014 4:16 PM
Rowene Fairchild
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Hi Ed,

I'm writing because I am not sure what you have posted for Francis Eugene Wells on Find A Grave is correct. The reason I am questioning is as follows:

1910 Census John E Wells Home Hawcreek, Knox, Illinois John E Wells 29, Della L Wells 23, daughter Zerrta Wells 5, MELBURN WELLS 3

1920 Census John Wells Douglass, Butler, Kansas
John Wells 45, Della Wells 38, Zeretta Wells 18,
MELVIN WELLS 14, Delos Wells 12

1925 Census John E Wells Widow Silver Creek, Kansas
John E Wells 43, MELVRN Wells 18, Alfaretta Stacy 34, Alfred Stacy 4

NOTE: Alfaretta Stacy becomes his wife later

1940 Census Chapel, Howell, Missouri
Alfretta Wells 50, Hazel D Wells 14, James William Wells 15, Joseph Arlie Wells 10, Resie M Wells 7, MELBREN WELLS 32

I found a Francis Melbren Wells born 1907 Death 1957
Burden Cemetery, Burden, Cowley, Kansas

ON Find A Grave you list Francis Eugene Wells as a child of John E Wells and Della Lois Wells
This is what I believe is incorrect. Please let me know if I'm wrong.

On the California Death Index 1940-1997 It says that Francis Eugene Wells born 19 Apr 1908 birth place Kansas Death Date 27 Sep 1941 Stanislaus, California, MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME IS RINEHART

Della Lois Wells maiden name was HARRIS. This information is also on David Delos Wells Find A Grave.

Because of this information I believe that Francis Melbren Wells is the son of John E Wells and Della Lois Harris Wells.

PLEASE let me know if I have researched this correctly. If I'm incorrect please help me with the correct information. Thank you your help in this matter. Rowene Fairchild


Added by Rowene Fairchild on Nov 09, 2014 4:01 PM
Kathy
Please Update
Ed, Thank you for supplying a picture of my Aunt Pat's grave site. Please correct her maiden name. Pat was my mother's sister and their maiden name was McCarty...not McCarthy. My grandmother was Alda L. Bartholomew. Thank you for updating this site, I appreciate all of your hard work! Kathy
Added by Kathy on Nov 07, 2014 9:54 AM
Valice Raffi
Mary McLeod Boulter
Thanks for updating her memorial!
Added by Valice Raffi on Nov 06, 2014 7:22 PM
Philis Cook
Isaac Daniel Elam
Thanks for the record you send to Isaac Elam. This is my grandfather. Are you related or did you just find the info? Any way, it is nice of you to send the record.

Philis Cook
Added by Philis Cook on Nov 05, 2014 2:09 PM
Pat Howell
thanks for your volunteerism
I wholeheartedly thank you for remembering my dad's gravesite. Robert James Quirk. People like you are a treasure. Phil Quirk
Added by Pat Howell on Nov 01, 2014 12:39 PM
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