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John Maxwell (#47329185)
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Bio Photo The purpose behind my participation is to create photographic records for individuals looking for family records. For many people, having a sense of who they are, where they have come from and the lives of those past is important. Photos of headstones often provides a window into that past simply not available elsewhere. Additionally, many people are unable to travel all over the place to find records. I have read some nasty comments about people who do this but take exception to the generalization while acknowledging that individuals may disagree for personal reasons. People have headstones to be REMEMBERED by subsequent generations. Jews in Europe suffered the attempt to wipe out their existence from the face of the Earth cheating subsequent generations of any connection to their ancestors. I believe that a commitment to memory by anyone with good intentions is a positive thing. Many headstones are quickly eroding away, courthouse records in places have often been lost due to fire in earlier decades and centuries and this is often the only record that can be found. I believe the work is good, worthy and honorable for both the ancestor and descendent regardless of the contributor. It has also been asserted on forums that people who go to cemeteries and photograph are somehow "ghoulish". I take exception to this as well. At one time, cemeteries were designed to be places where families, related or not, went to picnic, relax and enjoy. I find the cemeteries a refuge from the world since it is quiet and the world typically still has enough respect not to intrude upon these sites with its rushed pace, excessive noise and drive for economic or social gain.

I enjoy cemeteries as works of art and sources of information. I used to be a groundskeeper in one and know my way around. This is the sort of thing that helps people interested in family history so its fun for me. I travel all over the place including places like Iceland where I am afforded the opportunity to bring otherwise inaccessible markers and graves to researchers.

This forum also provides an ideal format to practice and enhance photographic skills for color, resolution and detail. Many of the older markers have proven to be a real challenge and only by manipulating colors, contrast, etc have I been able to tease out some of the faded or obscured information.
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Janet LaMotte
Lucy & Caroline Walch
Thank you for the photos of their gravestones. Your help is appreciated.
Added by Janet LaMotte on May 15, 2015 7:14 AM
Janet LaMotte
Lewis & Clara Walch
Thank you for the photos of their gravestone. Your help is appreciated.
Added by Janet LaMotte on May 15, 2015 6:58 AM
Craig Avery
Sarah Cobb
Thank you for taking and adding the picture of Sarah Cobb's headstone. It will be added to my family research, much appreciated.
Added by Craig Avery on Apr 24, 2015 3:36 AM
carrie bayless sibley
Mabel Dennis #131622415
Please look at the cemetery map and let me know what section this grave is in.

Added by carrie bayless sibley on Apr 21, 2015 11:33 AM
Sarah Mikkelsen Carson
Samuel James Smith and Ruth Lucille Gaddy Smith
Thank you for making the edits.
Added by Sarah Mikkelsen Carson on Apr 09, 2015 8:42 AM
Thanks for the headstone photo and edit.
Added by SRGF on Mar 28, 2015 1:44 AM
Diana Orchard
Maria Pavao
Thank you for adding a photo and information to her marker. I agree that documenting each memorial is a permanent gift to future generations.

Added by Diana Orchard on Mar 14, 2015 7:48 AM
Marie Schaerer
Thank you for taking the grave photo & providing some info from the CA Death Index. I have updated her memorial.

I see that you have my dear real-life friend BobBoston as a findagrave friend. My husband and I have known him for many years - such a great person & friend with a heart of gold. :)
Added by Wee on Feb 03, 2015 10:28 AM
Gene Meier
Johanna Wehner d 3-31-1888
Johanna Wehner was sister to William Wehner (1847-1928).I am William Wehner's biographer, and seek contact with Wehner family historian.//I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas. These were the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons. Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama companies and 6 panorama rotundas. William Wehner of Chicago built his panorama studio in downtown Milwaukee. From 1885-88 he produced 2 units of BATTLE OF ATLANTA, 2 units of MISSIONARY RIDGE & LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, and 3 units of JERUSALEM ON THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION. My great aunt, Mathilde Georgine Schley (1864-1941) was an artist-model in the Wehner studio. On September 18,2003 I found in the display case of Milwaukee County Historical Society the F.W.Heine diaries 1879-1921. These highly illustrated diaries are the only narrative of a panorama company, that of William Wehner. The diaries needed to be transcribed in German,translated to English, scanned to computer. Michael Kutzer,born Leipzig 1942 like Heine, is transcriber on the Heine diary project. The Heine diaries are as important to the history of rotunda panorama as the letters of Theo and Vincent Van Gogh are important to the history of Post Impressionism.The Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee provided a generous initial grant for the diaries to be transcribed in German. Also, some 300+ glass plate negatives by Panorama artist Bernhard Schneider (1843-1907) were found in an old rooming house in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. In autumn 1888 Wehner removed to San Jose to his wine ranch and helped start the white wine industry in California. INFO TO SHARE. Gene Meier,1160 Bailey Road, Sycamore, Illinois 60178 815 895 4099
Added by Gene Meier on Jan 18, 2015 10:16 AM
R. Jeanne Moran
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Hello John, I just sent a rather detailed email to, and the delivery was aborted. Do I have the wrong email address? I hope you will contact me at, so I can send you what I hope is interesting information! Jeanne
Added by R. Jeanne Moran on Dec 01, 2014 6:30 PM
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