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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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Jack O'Connor
Unity Cemetery
The photo on memorial 92885186 is incorrect. It is already correctly on memorial #129752737.

Added by Jack O'Connor on Aug 04, 2015 12:02 PM
Barbara B
RE: John McMasters stone
You're very welcome for the photo...glad that I was able to find the headstone! Barbara
Added by Barbara B on Jul 26, 2015 6:38 PM
James Johnston
J Sommers - civil war vet
I thought you might be interested in this one. I believe the newspaper misspelled his name.
Added by James Johnston on Jul 22, 2015 2:42 PM
Linda Konrad
Thank you for the transfer of Joseph Pehulic. Appreciate it.
Added by Linda Konrad on Jul 08, 2015 8:03 AM
Brian J. Ensley
RE: Charles Fisher
Thank you!
Added by Brian J. Ensley on Jun 18, 2015 10:40 AM
Brian J. Ensley
Charles Fisher
Thank you very much for taking the time to locate and photograph this for me! By chance was Minnie buried with him? I would also like to know if I can use your photos in my family tree citing you as the source and giving you credit, naturally.

Thank you again!
Added by Brian J. Ensley on Jun 18, 2015 3:06 AM
RE: Flickingers/Unity Cemetery
Well that's unfortunate, for me :) Keep up the good work, if it weren't for you I wouldn't have found these people. Thank you!
Added by Brendan on Jun 14, 2015 12:52 PM
Flickingers/Unity Cemetery
Hello. I noticed you have listed some Flickingers from Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. Are you a relative of the Flickingers? I hope so, it would be great to talk to you about the family. Well hope to hear from you soon.

Added by Brendan on Jun 13, 2015 12:06 PM
Eeek, I left a message on the wrong name, lol. Sorry about that. Disregard my message please. :)
Added by Alberticoღდ on Jun 12, 2015 2:15 PM
Transfer complete! :)

When I'm back out that way again, I'll try and get a better photo for you! Cheers! :)
Added by Alberticoღდ on Jun 12, 2015 2:14 PM
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