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Bill Bates (#47623045)
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Bio Photo Retired US Army colonel and then college administrator.

40-year genealogist. Have written 11 family genealogy books.

Travel extensively to attend college sports events and visit cemeteries. In fact, have posted FindAGrave "volunteer photos" from cemeteries in 38 different states, plus DC.

Attempting to list and photograph every grave at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Fort Huachuca Cemetery.

Will gladly transfer a memorial to you unless I'm a closer relative. Just ask.

And feel free to use any of my photos.


A couple of tips if you would like volunteer photographers like me to take cemetery pictures for you. First, if possible, include the grave location -- one way to learn a grave location is to phone the cemetery; if a cemetery with thousands or even tens of thousands of graves has 20 photo requests and the volunteer has only an hour or two to take photographs, we are likely to select first the requests that include the grave location. Second, if you want multiple photographs (e.g., husband and wife), list both/all of them; we volunteers feel we are more helpful the more pictures we take, so we are likely to choose first a pair of requests.

Thanks, and have an awesome day.
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Law-Miller Roots
Hughes @ Southern Nevada Veteran's
Thanks for posting the nice photos for Clyde and Ann Hughes. Appreciate the time and effort spent doing this for us.
~ Marilyn
Added by Law-Miller Roots on Jul 07, 2014 5:23 PM
Alex Roller
Ben & Della Prime
Hello Bill,

I wrote a note with my photo requests for Ben and Della Prime asking for an uncropped clear photo which shows all of the grave marker, including the base, in the photo and that the photo be e-mailed to me for higher resolution. I put these types of photos in my genealogy files for my kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to have when I am gone. Hopefully, they will have fond memories of "Ole Grandpa Dude".

The photo you posted this morning looks like the same photo you posted a few years ago. It is cropped very tight and some of the grave marker is not showing in the photo. Please retake, post and e-mail me an uncropped clear photo which shows all of the grave marker, including the base, in the photo and e-mail me that photo as I asked in the the note with my photo request. This is very important to me; otherwise, I would not be bothering you.

Thanks and have a great day!

Alex Roller
Added by Alex Roller on Jul 07, 2014 11:26 AM
KE Remsberg
Thanks for Remsberg photos

Thanks so much for your clear photos of Oscar Z. and Stella Swann Remsberg's gravestones at
Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Added by KE Remsberg on Jun 02, 2014 3:13 PM
Shelli Steedman
RE: Cemetery moves
I received a message regarding the problem. Sounds like they are asking F/A/G to take care of it.
Added by Shelli Steedman on Apr 15, 2014 1:47 PM
Spaceman Spiff
Herbert & Anita Carey
Thank you so much for the headstone photos for Herbert & Anita Carey from Ft. Logan National Cemetery! I appreciate your time.
Added by Spaceman Spiff on Feb 16, 2014 10:08 AM
Lenora (Weber) Mulock
Minten photos
thanks so much for the pictures. I really appreciate it There are many families from my area in Waukesha County, Wis that went to Alton, IA
Added by Lenora (Weber) Mulock on Jul 07, 2013 7:52 AM
Bridget Haste
Picture Taken
Thank you so much for taking the picture of my fathers grave site. I sincerely appreciate the time and effort you took for a stranger. My father is Raymond Glenn Martin at the Los Angeles Veterans Cemetery!

God Bless You!

Bridget Martin Haste
(One proud daughter)
Added by Bridget Haste on Jun 10, 2013 3:41 PM
Susie Holderfield
Henry Myers, Vicksburg National
Bill Bates,
Thanks so much for taking the photo of the grave of Henry Myers. Henry was in Co I, 120th OVI. I have been researching the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for the last 11 yrs in order to identify the men. I would like permission to use your photos on my site and on any CD or print copy of my research that I will give to the Wayne County library in Wooster OH. I always give credit for the photos.
Thanks for any help.
Susie Holderfield
Added by Susie Holderfield on Aug 30, 2012 9:57 AM
Thanks for the lovely pictures !
Thanks for taking the pictures of the markers for William Pettus and his wife, Bessie N. Pettus, in Richmond National Cemetery. I also appreciate them now being linked to each other.

I hope you had a nice visit in Richmond, Virginia and a safe trip back to your home in Arizona. Thanks again for being a Photo Volunteer !
Added by Virginian on Aug 03, 2012 1:54 PM
Bill Mahoney
John Mahoney, Margaret Ford
Bill, thank you so much for these two photos. I have awaited quite awhile for someone to volunteer I'll add them to my virtual cemetery and put them up on Ancestry.
Bill Mahoney
Added by Bill Mahoney on Jun 22, 2012 9:52 AM
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