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Tramper (#47521406)
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Cemeteries have been an interest of mine for almost 30 years. Digital cameras have made it possible to take millions of pictures - basically for free. I began photographing family tombstones about 15 years ago just so I could document my genealogy efforts. A friend and I have taken over 9,000 pics in one cemetery (finished in 2012) and we have taken thousands more, over 52,000, in several other local cemeteries. I have taken pics of all the tombstones in the cemetery where my late husband and his family are buried. Not a big place, but historic. He stated before he died that the cemetery used to be "full" of tombstones, but due to age and vandalism, there are probably less than 300 left. Many of those are broken or knocked down. This is why it is so important to have pictures of what is left!!

We have submitted a lot of our pics to our local library's genealogy section.

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Diane & John
RE: Stamme, Johan H

Added by Diane & John on May 21, 2016 7:56 PM
Diane & John
RE: Stamme, Johan H
What is the memorial #, so I get the right one.

Added by Diane & John on May 21, 2016 2:08 PM
RE: Union Cem, Hardin Co
I photographed everything in Iowa Falls Union in the summer of 2014 and have posted everything I could read that was not already posted. I found six Gummerts. There also is a transcription online at done in the 1990s from observation and from old (incomplete) cemetery records that has the same six plus a Mrs. James Gummert, no dates and no marker. That transcription also indicates there is no marker for Fred, but his grave currently has a temporary funeral home marker that could be of recent origin. This cemetery has a lot of those temporary markers. It also has a fair number of old graves with unreadable markers.

The large monument you refer to is no doubt the dominating obelisk in the center of the cemetery, with the surname Hatch on one side and Wisner on the other. The connection between the families is Julia Hatch Wisner, daughter of Moses Hatch and wife of Lyman Wisner. Other contributors have provided quite a bit of information on Moses and Lyman. I think I have a better photo of this monument than what has been posted if you want it--might take me awhile to find it.

Iowa Falls has two other cemeteries, North Lawn Memory Gardens (actually south of town), founded after World War II as a private enterprise (I think), with about 800 graves that appear to have all been recorded on Find A Grave but not many photographed; and Friends Cemetery, an old Quaker cemetery on the east side of town that is still accepting burials. There are about 200 graves recorded there, and could be twice that many or more that have not been recorded. On my to-do list someday. There are a total of 52 cemeteries in Hardin County, most quite small, and in various degrees of Find A Grave coverage. If your families were primarily farmers, they might be in some of the smaller cemeteries and may not have been recorded yet.

Hope this helps. Good luck in your search.

Added by Iaed on Aug 19, 2015 11:45 PM
Thomas L. Harman
Thank you very much for taking the time to fill my request for Robert G. Miller's stone.

Great photo of a very nice stone.

I do appreciate the kindness.

Added by Thomas L. Harman on Jul 22, 2015 11:12 PM
Becky Ramsey
RE: Findagrave Photos
Thank you! Becky
Added by Becky Ramsey on May 12, 2015 6:52 PM
Becky Ramsey
RE: Findagrave Photos
The family I am working on right now are my Grandmother's Thaxton family. The Thaxton's in Illinois are not in my direct line but they went west when my family went south, I think. I discovered some time ago that just documenting your direct line can sometimes leave gaps so I document enough to help me keep the branches straight. Thank you for letting me use the photographs. They give a starting place for dates, places and even names. Becky
Added by Becky Ramsey on May 12, 2015 6:50 PM
Becky Ramsey
Findagrave Photos
Tramper, thank you for all your contributions to the Findagrave website. I would like permission to use your photographs of my relatives' grave sites in my Family Tree files. I use the photos as source media and will gladly give you credit for your work. Becky
Added by Becky Ramsey on May 12, 2015 3:48 PM
Janet LaMotte
Harry Harlow
You may want to remove your candycane flowers message from his memorial. Another Find A Grave volunteer found and photographed his gravestone.
Thanks for your help.
Added by Janet LaMotte on Nov 26, 2013 5:01 PM
Janet LaMotte
RE: Oakwood Cemetery
Is this the wrong cemetery?

Oakwood Cemetery
Upper Alton
Madison County
Illinois, USA [Add Plot]
Added by Janet LaMotte on Nov 26, 2013 5:58 AM
Janet LaMotte
Oakwood Cemetery
Harry & Blanche Harlow were found by another Find A Grave volunteer. Sounds like the cemetery office needs to do some updating.
Added by Janet LaMotte on Nov 25, 2013 7:26 AM
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