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Melissa Strobel (#47687800)
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Bio Photo I blame my mother for this.

When I was a young girl, my mother was our girl scout troop leader. One of our projects was to learn how to read headstones in a local cemetery. Not only did she get my hooked on genealogy, but I've harbored this love affair with cemeteries ever since.

During my teen years my best friend's house was right next to a cemetery, and take a wild stab at where we spent a lot of time? But I loved those places, and that was where I would go to think things through, or just to have some time to myself. Fortunately I had a boyfriend (now my husband) who was amazingly tolerant of my odd interests, and eventually started to share them. He can read a stone when others would have given it up long before.

I am now a historian by training, and an archivist by profession. When I first found Find A Grave it was in its early years and I didn't have a lot of use for a site that just did "famous" gravesites. During a research stretch I discovered it again, and it appealed to me on several levels. This site seems to solve several "problems" that I've had over the years, mostly involving indexing, photographing and presenting in some coherent fashion graves of one sort or another for one purpose or another. I've enjoyed my stay so far.

My philosophy with this project is: everyone deserves to be remembered. From the oldest to the youngest, the greatest to least. All deserve to have a memorial. I tend to focus on damaged and eroded gravestones, and cemeteries that appear to be "at risk". Generally that means (to me) the places and stones that are quickly eroding, have taken undue amounts of damage due to the environment or vandalism, or are neglected in some other way. Given my background and specialization in early regional history up to the Civil War period, these tend to be what catch my eye as well.

Having said that I'm like a sugared-up kid in a candy store armed with a camera and a notebook when presented with a cemetery of any form. It keeps me out of trouble. Usually.
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gene digger
Spahn edits
Thank you for processing the edits for Clair Spahn.
Added by gene digger on Jan 08, 2016 9:57 PM
J Leazenby
Thank you SO MUCH for adding the info to the Vince's memorials. I really appreciate all the work you've done :)
Added by J Leazenby on Dec 04, 2015 4:05 PM
RE: Dates
OK Thanks. Happy Holidays
Added by Franny on Dec 01, 2015 10:18 AM
RE: Amos Baird
Thanks. If you can post that then we have proof.
Added by Franny on Nov 20, 2015 9:04 AM
Kimberly Rumbarger Talboo
Kline transfers
Thanks so much for the Kline memorial transfers. This will make it so much easier for us to get the family members linked.

Added by Kimberly Rumbarger Talboo on Nov 12, 2015 8:52 AM
S. J. Noel Kondek
Nellie Miller, Unity
All yours! Hope all is well. After 2 years, finally making the trek over Tday...
Added by S. J. Noel Kondek on Nov 02, 2015 12:55 PM
Linda Helisek
RE: Frank Shrum
His sister, Nellie Jane Shrum Miller, is buried at Unity Cemetery in Unity Township, near Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She is buried in the section directly below my grandparents.

Added by Linda Helisek on Nov 01, 2015 7:46 PM
Linda Helisek
RE: Frank Shrum
Hello Cousin, I was wondering if and how we might be related. Thank you for updating my grandfather. I appreciate your efforts.

Linda Helisek
Added by Linda Helisek on Nov 01, 2015 7:38 PM
Calvary Hill
I think I have taken off all the duplicates.

If you find any others please let me know

Added by Franny on Oct 09, 2015 8:30 AM
Calvary Hill
I think I have deleted all the duplicate memorials from A to and including L
Will keep you posted
Added by Franny on Oct 07, 2015 6:54 PM
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