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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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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
Calvary Hill
I deleted 56 photos out of the B.

Added by Franny on Oct 06, 2015 3:57 PM
Calvary Hill -
do you have a photo for Eva Genta Altieri and Orlin Armond
Also John & Julia Balog.
the system says there is a picture on it but it does not have a photo
Added by Franny on Oct 06, 2015 3:09 PM
RE: Calvary Hill
Ok I finished the whole cemetery thing.

But my pictures are not indexed yet.

Added by Franny on Oct 06, 2015 2:50 PM
Linda Konrad
Appreciate your removal of the duplicate photos very much. No hassle. Barneys at Unity.
Added by Linda Konrad on Oct 06, 2015 12:03 PM
Calvary Hill
I just check the letter A. in Calvary Hill. Out of 35 A's 10 of them I had to delete photos off of. 2 of them don't have a photo but the system shows there is a photo.

When I index my pictures I will go back and put a photo up.

Added by Franny on Oct 06, 2015 11:03 AM
Linda Konrad
Please delete your duplicate photos at the three Barney memorials at Unity Cemetery in Latrobe. #3058 0580 actually has 2 of your duplicates. Thank you. I am very satisfied with my photos from 2008.
Added by Linda Konrad on Oct 06, 2015 7:19 AM
It is not worth it. I will delete all my photos and duplicate memorials when the upload is complete. thanks

Added by Franny on Oct 01, 2015 10:26 AM
Calvary Hill
What a mess. This beta uploaded. Added 2 or three pictures to the ones you already had. When the photos are all transcribed I will have to check each memorial and delete the duplicate photos they put on your memorials

Added by Franny on Oct 01, 2015 9:06 AM
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