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CVal (#47298252)
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Bio Photo Feel free to contact me through the Messages tab. I have alternate views of many of the photos I have posted, so if you want to see a different view, contact me. I might just have a different angle.

I am available to take photos at cemeteries in northern Lake County, IL, and southern Kenosha County, WI.

Favorite cemeteries include U.S. Naval Cemetery at Great Lakes, Lake County, IL, and Vale and Paris Bristol cemeteries in Kenosha County, WI.

I am currently working on photographing as many headstones at Fort Sheridan as I can. I use http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/index.html as a resource for Section and Plot, as well as for the relationships between dependents and veterans. A resource for dating the era of the burial is http://www.colorado-cemeteries.com/military-headstones-historic.html.
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Linda W
Nolan Family at Northshore Garden Memories
Hi! I have some information on some memorials you manage.

Northshore garden of memories the Nolan family

Frances M. Nolan is Frances Allen Nolan wife of Frank Patrick Nolan.
And nearby by is their son Frank Allen Nolan.

Regards,

Linda.
Added by Linda W on Aug 12, 2015 11:53 AM
Charles Patterson
RE: Irene E. Patterson Murphy
That is very kind and would be very much appreciated, Charles Patterson(#47079939)
Added by Charles Patterson on Aug 05, 2015 9:06 PM
Lisa Kennedy
Schmitt
Thanks so much for the Vincent S Schmitt photo in Jo Daviess county. It is much appreciated.
Added by Lisa Kennedy on Jul 26, 2015 10:26 PM
Lenda Erickson Earl
RE: Alland
Thank you. That would be great!
Added by Lenda Erickson Earl on Jul 11, 2015 9:19 AM
Lenda Erickson Earl
RE: Alland
Yes, thank you. That would be terrific!
Added by Lenda Erickson Earl on Jul 11, 2015 9:18 AM
Lenda Erickson Earl
Memorial 70139188
I was so pleased to find the memorial photo for Charles G. Alland at Spring Brook Cemetery. He was born Carl August Gottfrid Erlandsson in Stora Klo, Fagerhult, Kalmar, Sweden on 18 April 1876. His Swedish name of Erlandsson (Erlands son) was changed to ALLAND upon his arrival in the US as a new immigrant.

Thank you again for photographing his memorial so it can be added to my genealogy entries on ancestry.com. Is there a stone nearby for his wife Hilda (Magnuson) Alland? b.1874 - d.1941? I don't believe they had any children.

Kind regards
Lenda Erickson Earl
San Diego, CA
Added by Lenda Erickson Earl on Jul 07, 2015 2:54 PM
Richard R. Lamson
RE: Lamsons in Lake County, IL
I'd like to have those also if you don't mind.
Added by Richard R. Lamson on May 12, 2015 3:30 PM
Richard R. Lamson
RE: Lamsons in Lake County, IL
Hi Colleen, indeed they are my relatives. William G. Lamson #140784029 is my great grandfather, Cora E. Merrill Lamson #140784057 is my great grandmother, Beatrice E. Lamson Webster #140744533 is my Grandfather's sister who took care of my father & uncle when their mother died.
Added by Richard R. Lamson on May 10, 2015 7:15 PM
J. Edward Ross
RE: Fort Sheridan
Better check for duplicates first. You wouldn't want to upload photos to the duplicate memorial when the memorial should be deleted instead.

Can't wait for the grass to turn green. I've got over 2,000 photos to take at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Ed
Added by J. Edward Ross on Apr 03, 2015 11:56 AM
J. Edward Ross
RE: Grave locator
Happy Birthday!

"Garbage in equals garbage out!," in other words the data is only as good as the person who enters it. If your employees don't have "pride in ownership" their output product quality will suffer.

You should be able to get clarification on all DVA website entries for Ft Sheridan by calling the cemetery. Since it's a small cemetery, there is no one assigned to answer phones so you'll have to call several time during the day until you get an answer. They've been very helpful to me when they do finally answer the phone.

Unfortunately there are several (smaller) national cemeteries where the staff is small and they consider it a pain int he butt, having to update the DVA website. Ft Sheridan Post is one such cemetery. They don't do a good job of double checking what they type into the database.

Duplicates are created when the original entry has an error and they try to fix it by creating a new entry instead of fixing the one that's broke.

Arlington National Cemetery was the same way; duplicates, errors in plot locations, etc. It caused a public uproar in 2010 and they were in deep do-do! I used to call the Public Affairs Officer (cemetery help desk) at least once a week to report errors and duplicate memorials. It got so bad that I made a running list of errors and when I finally e-mailed it to them there were over 280 errors on the list.

The public (and newspapers) got on them so bad and there were so many errors that the gave up trying to fix their entries on the DVA website. They paid to have a new software program developed; "ANC Explorer." It was opened to the public in November 2011. I've only reported a handful of error since then.

Have another great day,
Ed Ross
Added by J. Edward Ross on Jan 06, 2015 6:13 AM
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