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Red Dirt Surfer (#47702356)
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Bio Photo I've been fascinated with the look, feel and history of cemeteries since I was a little girl. As I grew up and became interested in my family history and genealogy, I began to appreciate the information found in cemeteries. In the early 1990s I discovered the lower Jerome cemetery in Clarkdale, Arizona and witnessed the sad loss of a forgotten, uncared for cemetery that had nearly disappeared back into the ground. Returning years later, I discovered some caring people of the community had saved what was left of the cemetery and I was able to document as much as was left.

When I discovered FindAGrave, I thought it was an incredible idea to document cemeteries before they are lost or destroyed, and I realized what an invaluable genealogy resource it could be. But I was busy raising my family and didn't have time to document, so I lurked,and enjoyed.

My family thinks I'm crazy as much as I enjoy walking through cemeteries, taking pictures, researching, connecting families and documenting. I love it, because it helps save a piece of history and connect people to their loved ones. I also love discovering the history beyond the name and dates, saving a little piece of who that person once was. I often come across the most fascinating people and stories!

I don't enjoy the competitiveness, collecting numbers without thought. I witnessed first hand the pain caused to a family who lost 2 of their young teenagers in a tragic accident, and discovered in an internet search that there were already memorials on this website before they even buried their children, because of people who create memorials as soon as an obituary is printed in the paper.

I will transfer memorials to family members per FAG requirements if you can tell me how you're related. Any other relation, I will consider as long as they aren't a relation to me.
I absolutely appreciate corrections, additions, and stories to add to my memorials. Please do't use the 'edit' tab to change/edit information, unless you use the "suggest any other correction" choice, because that allows for you to write a personal note along with the informaiton.I'd rather have a message or email explaining the change or correction along with the reason why and some kind proof, even if it's just because it's your grandpa & you know his name better than I do :D. If you suggest an edit without giving me a reason why, I won't change it. I don't think I'm being difficult, I've just had wrong information submitted to memorials before. If you email me, please put something in the subject line so I know it's about FAG, or I won't open it.

I don't mind if you use my pictures for your personal use, as long as you give credit where it belongs. If it's a picture that has print on the picture, contact me and I would be happy to share an unaltered photo with you.


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George H. Burns
George was a member of the Flagstaff Ransom Post No. 4 Grand Army of the Republic Department of Arizona .
He is listed in 1886 post roster but is not listed in any subsequent post rosters.
The marker at his grave is a Grand Army of the Republic marker.
The Grand Army of the Republic was this nation's largest post Civil War Union veteran's association.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is its Congressionally chartered successor organization.

Information from:
David Swanson, Past Camp Commander
Picacho Peak Camp No. 1
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Added by swanson1854 on Aug 03, 2014 5:24 PM
RE: Stanfield Cemetery - Hazel England
No wasn't aware but will check it out again. I thought I had them all taken care of. THANKS for your cooperation. Gaye
Added by mrscooper on Jun 24, 2014 10:17 AM
Civil War Soldier
Thank you for the corrections, and the link to the obituary. I'm sorry I didn't respond faster but it was sent to my spam folder for some reason:( made the changes.
Added by JamiA on Feb 23, 2014 8:14 AM
Civil War Soldier
Thank you for the corrections, and the link to the obituary. I'm sorry I didn't respond faster but it was sent to my spam folder for some reason:( made the changes.
Added by JamiA on Feb 23, 2014 8:14 AM
Catherine Cramer
Monument Men
Hi again! While doing some research on a house in Los Angeles (no connection it turns out), this article came up and I thought you might be interested! Thanks again for the great information, my husband and I were talking about it last night and we will go see the movie now!
Added by Catherine Cramer on Feb 11, 2014 6:27 AM
Catherine Cramer
Monument Men
Thanks for the great information! I hadn't really paid attention to the subject of the movie, kind of assumed it was primarily a military movie, and missed the rest. I will definitely have to go see it now!

Thanks again! I've added the link to the story on Walter's memorial so that others can read the full story.
Added by Catherine Cramer on Feb 10, 2014 8:25 AM
LeRoy Krsiean
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Thank you for the BIO information about Dora Bubar. It has been posted on her Memorial. Lee
Added by LeRoy Krsiean on Jan 12, 2014 5:16 PM
Charles L Veit
Thank you for the information regarding the other memorial. In regards to the photograph, I do not do a lot of editing to the photos as I take several from many angles of the marker to get the best view but I do not recall the marker being anywhere near the condition the new photograph shows. I was actually shocked to see the deterioration in just a few years. Thanks again.
Added by JamiA on Jan 08, 2014 7:03 AM
Grady Cole
Thank you. From Grave Tag'r
Added by PAPAWRAITH on Jan 02, 2014 9:06 PM
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Angelo Marino
Thank You for sharing the AZ death certificate for Angelo Marino, who is buried at Fort Bliss. We appreciated You sharing this interesting information.

Before You sent this information, My husband and I didn't know that the United States had a POW camp in Arizona for Italian, German, etc. POW soldiers.

We maintain several memorials for soldiers from other countries who were killed during training exercises in the Arizona desert. Could You tell Us where We can get the Arizona death certificates to find out more information about them?

Thank You!
Ken and Cris in So. CA.

Added by Our Ancestors Branches on Dec 28, 2013 6:01 PM
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