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Kathie Gifford (#47169336)
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RE: Joseph Jones
He died in Harrisburg. I didn't hit the down cursor button enough times after typing h.
Added by EatatJoes on Sep 12, 2016 3:05 AM
RE: Charles Johnson
The data is submitted as exactly as on the death certificate that you posted. He died at the Lewistown Hospital.
Added by EatatJoes on Sep 12, 2016 3:01 AM
RE: Lincoln Cemetery
I'm not sure what got me started. I noticed many of the memorials didn't have birth dates and so I check the state death certificates. Unfortunately many of them don't have birth dates either so I check the census and hope I can find them in the 1900 census or county marriage records.

Please don't take offense but I notice a number of the pictures of tombstones you took were unreadable, mostly worn ones. A friend taught me the importance of lighting and the angle of the sun when taking pictures of tombstones. He learned the hard way and many of his pictures started much the same as yours.

I realize you may not live near the cemetery or have the time but the best time to take a picture of the old tombstones is when the sun is about 80 degrees to the side so that it casts a shadow on the inscription but not the face. It makes it possible to read even some of the most worn tombstones. He learned this after he noticed the pictures of tombstones he took in the early morning were unreadable but the ones he took closer to noon were easy to read (in this case the tombstones faced east). He's even taken pictures of the same tombstone every 15 minutes around just the right time to get a picture that is the most readable.

There are also techniques for reading flat tombstones. He uses baking soda. First gently brush off the tombstone to get it clean. Then pour the baking soda over the tombstone and gently move the baking soda around until just the inscription is filled and any excess brushed off. Unlike shaving creme and chalk, baking soda shouldn't harm the tombstone in any way.

With these and other techniques he learned (and taught me) there are very few tombstones we can't read at least something. But it does take time and you have to be at the cemetery at the right time.
Added by EatatJoes on Sep 09, 2016 7:22 AM
Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste
Ŕe: Elizabeth Wenrich
Hello Kathie,

A few years ago I inherited 2 books from my Aunt entitled, Dauphin County Tombstone Inscriptions, Volumes, I & II, by, Oscar Stroh. These books have listings for MANY different cemeteries.

Wenrich Church Cemetery in Vol. I, with an addition listed in Vol. II.

Here is what Wenrich info is listed:

Francis Wenrich; 1750-1827 - Donor of the Church grounds.

Elizabeth Wenrich; wife of Francis; 1751-1824.

ELIZABETH WENRICH; Daught of Frank & Elizabeth; b: 1792; d: 19 March 1793; 0-3-18.

I calulations the death date from 3 months, 18 days, to get birthdate of Dec. 1, 1792.

Hope this answers your question,


Added by Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste on Jul 19, 2016 4:22 PM
Melanie Gearhart
Umberger Family

Thank you so much for linking the memorials of my 4th great grandparents Benjamin Umberger and Harriet Smith. I also want to thank you for reading my note regarding the request. I felt the need to explain given she was already linked to William Umberger as a spouse. I appreciate that you explained in the bio that Benjamin was her first husband and William was her second. I appreciate all the work you have done with Wenrichs Cemetery since it seems I am related to a good portion of them and am not sure I will ever find myself back in PA to visit myself.

Thanks again,

Added by Melanie Gearhart on Jul 01, 2016 8:01 AM
Margaret Kaiser
Photos Frank & Sarah Gillilan
Thank you sincerely for these photographs. Family members, for a great many years no longer live in this area, so it is unlikely anyone would be visiting any time in the near future. Sincerely. Margaret Kaiser
Added by Margaret Kaiser on Jun 08, 2016 12:29 PM
Thank you SO much for the 8 photo requests you fulfilled. I was out of town and received this pleasant surprise when I returned. Grace Wigley Shelton is my GGGG grandmother. I think you may be searching some of the same family lines. PARRY,EVANS, I also have ARMSTRONG, SMITH in Jackson and Gallia counties.
Added by Anonymous on Jun 07, 2016 12:53 PM
Kimberly Clear
Headstone of John J. Morgan
Thank you so much for taking and uploading this picture! So good to see!
Added by Kimberly Clear on Jun 01, 2016 6:52 PM
Vicky Stozich
Huffman stone
Thank you so much for taking the photo of Wilson and Rebecca Huffman's stone. My Mom and I made the trip to southern Ohio a few years ago and could not find it. We were having trouble trying to determine if we were at the right place. Apparently not because we didn't find it and assumed it was no longer there. Thanks again for getting the photo. I appreciate it.
Added by Vicky Stozich on Jun 01, 2016 3:49 PM
Bruce Speck
RE: Susannah Ramsey
The photo was placed on her memorial if error. I removed the photo. Sorry :)
Added by Bruce Speck on Jun 01, 2016 6:24 AM
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