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Gary Hancharik (#47247773)
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Bio Photo I originally stumbled onto Find A Grave in February of 2010 while using Roots Magic genealogy software. At that time, there were only 43 million names in the database.

It was always my desire to organize all of my funeral death cards for my relatives in one location as a shrine to honor them. I decided why not make memorials for them on Find A Grave instead? One by one I entered in all of my relatives. Later, I went back and added personal bio's for as many as I could.

I got into the habit of checking the obits from a newspaper that included my hometown and started creating memorials for folks that lived there, people that worked at National Tube, and former members of my old church. I then defaulted to creating memorials for all of the obits. The newspaper went to a larger format with more surrounding counties listed and it became difficult to put in all of the time required to accomplish this on a daily basis while maintaining a family life.

My focus then switched to doing actual footwork in local cemeteries gathering tombstone photos to post. This is a popular diversion here in the South and almost all of the cemeteries have been documented by a few locals so I concentrated on newer gravesites. Up North, the cemetery that my parents are buried in only had 200 entries at that time. There are probably 50K graves there. I would love to take a weeks vacation to photograph all the graves. I'm not one of these folks that contacts the cemetery office for a master list and then submit an electronic spreadsheet entering in thousands in a second. I like to enter in my memorials the old fashioned way, one at a time, doing as much research to link family members.

There is a feeling of satisfaction being able to create memorials and post photos that will be used by future generations creating family trees or just satisfying their curiosity as to what happened to John Doe, their old schoolteacher, neighbor, or boyfriend?

A portion of my vacation was spent in the summer of 2012 putting two small church cemeteries on the map. I had researched the areas that I was going to visit and found that one of the cemeteries only had one entry while the other showed only 200. Google satellite photos revealed hundreds more so my goal was to document both. My son helped me to photograph the Polish church cemetery in Helmetta, NJ. I had photographed a smaller Ukrainian church cemetery a few miles from his old home in Connecticut. We had driven past that area many times and never knew that there was a cemetery hiding there.

Now, I like to research old newspapers online seeking to create memorials for those that have been long forgotten.

I will honor all memorial transfers outside of the F.A.G. guidelines. You don't even have to be related. I would rather transfer the memorial to someone who knew them and has a genuine desire to maintain their memorial. The only exception on transfers would be a relative but I have transferred several of my memorials to those that were closer related.

Feel free to use any of my photos that I have posted. I'm not going to sit here and thump on my chest claiming that I have "copyrights" on my pictures. If I didn't want to share, then I wouldn't have bothered to take the photo in the first place.

At this time I would like to thank all of you that have visited my memorials and left tokens, flowers and messages. As an example, what are the chances that a total stranger would stop at my folks tombstone in person, not knowing anything about them and proceed to say a few kind words or leave a flower? Zero! I tried to put as many of my relatives on the Online Stroll so you will have the opportunity to learn a little about who they were and bring them to you. I'd also like to thank those folks that provide tombstone photos for my memorials when I haven't even requested them. The system doesn't notify you of this and I only discover this when I am doing maintenance.

I grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area and am currently living near Dallas, TX. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any help with your F.A.G. needs. Some of you already have and I tried to research as much as possible to give you the best answer.

My goal on Find A Grave is to provide as much accuracy as possible. For me, it's not about the numbers. I constantly send edit requests to other members and likewise have received edit requests when new information becomes available.
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Lauren Lee
Deward Rackley
Gary, thank you so much again for finding yet another relative of mine and capturing a picture of their headstones for me. You're awesome! You make working on my ancestry so much fun!
Added by Lauren Lee on Nov 22, 2015 11:57 AM
William Lenton Young and Minia Young Gadberry
Hi Gary,

Thank you so much for posting photos of William Lenton Young and Minia Young Gadberry's markers.

Susan Young
Added by syoung on Nov 21, 2015 12:28 PM
Linda Kestner
Bowers, John & Eleanor
You are a man after my own heart! What a wonderful thing you have done and continue to do. And, you've accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Thank you, thank you. Are you by chance related to the Bowers? I've been looking for them for a very long time. Just this week found John A Bowers, died Dec 08 1888 at 52 years, 3 months, 16 days. Record of his death says he was buried at the German Lutheran Cemetery in Penn Hills, now called The Old German Cemetery. Still looking for his wife, Martha Wettlaufer Kestner Bowers, my husband's Great Grandmother. Martha's first husband was Moritz Kestner, immigrated from Germany in 1852 and died in 1881 at Dixmont. Please let me hear from you. I'm in Jacksonville OR and email is
Added by Linda Kestner on Nov 19, 2015 10:57 PM
Pamela Hoffman Winkler
family transfers
Hey Gary!

Would you please transfer Dorothy (95516630) and Albert (95516658) Rasiewicz to me? My contributor # is 48210493. I really appreciate all you've done here on Find A Grave and, BTW, I really enjoyed your bio! Interesting how you "evolved" on the site. I also enjoy walking the cemeteries and photographing requests and graves that either aren't on F-A-G or don't have a photo. I get a real sense of satisfaction and joy from doing research, connecting family members, and linking them on the site. I see you're from Pittsburgh; I live in Hermitage, about an hour and a half drive north of there.

Hope you didn't get flooded out down there in TX.

Thanks again,
Pam Winkler

Added by Pamela Hoffman Winkler on Nov 07, 2015 3:11 AM
Lauren Lee
The Russells
Thank you so much for taking the time to take a picture of my 2nd great grandparents headstone. None of my close family members have ever seen it. I really appreciate it!!
Added by Lauren Lee on Oct 21, 2015 11:11 PM
Jack and Conner Hancharik
Presently, I'm in the process of attaching the photographs that I took to the memorials that I created last fall. I had misspelled the surname as Hancarik and corrected it to Hancharik when I attached my photographs to their memorials. That is why they did not show up in your previous searches. The surname was spelt incorrectly but, has now been corrected.
Added by NotYourTime on Sep 08, 2015 5:16 PM
Robert Wilson
Hi Sorry I made a duplicate of your person 126235477. I have included on my dup his obit and joined him with his mother Sarah. Please copy my info and come back and I will delete mine. I did not find his father but his brother Abner is in Wildwood cem in Williamsport. Tks Kathryn
Added by Kathryn on Jul 30, 2015 10:43 AM
Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin
national tube?
My great great grandfather-Eva Timko's father worked at national tube John Janus 1883-1967 are you related to these families? hoping to hear back from you soon thanks!
Added by Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin on Jun 24, 2015 10:12 AM
Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin
Timko Families
I am exhausted I have been trying to find my great grandmother's twin sister for ages and here you have added photos for Margaret (Timko) Vasko's son Paul and handled some of the memorials I see.
Please reply or e-mail me personally! How long have you known the family did you know Michael and Eva or know where I can get information? No one even knew my 2nd great grandmother Anna had a twin which is Margaret's mother Eva! The name is listed formerly as Palof but it has been a mystery what it really is and I cannot trace my history back any further than this!
Added by Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin on Jun 22, 2015 3:46 PM
B. Felix
Pauline Whitman
Thanks for sponsoring this Memorial.
If you want any of these Memorials transferred to you, just let me know which ones.
Added by B. Felix on May 23, 2015 5:18 AM
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