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Andrea Francis (#47807892)
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Anything up to, 8 1/2" X 11"
Added by Martin Burrell on Oct 25, 2012 3:52 AM
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Added by Martin Burrell on Oct 25, 2012 3:50 AM
Martin Burrell
Using Photos
One way to get a good copy is to use Kinko's. Another is to use a home/office copier that is connected to a computer and scans them onto your hard drive and then download them into an email.

Caution: removing old photos from frames is sometimes dangerous for the photo. Without removing them you will have a hard time using a copier.

Sometimes it is best to use a good digital camera and setup a tripod over the framed photo and then take the picture. Camera flashes can be a real problem. Problem: often daylight is not available.

Another good way is to call up a genealogy group and see if someone will volunteer to help you. Try to do it at the groups facility. Or, go with a friend. Sometimes a bribe dozen cookies.

Be patient -- a good photo is not always easy to take. Sometimes in a cemetery, I wait hours for the sun to move and create a good/great photo.

I am able to transform a high resolution photo into one I can use on Find A Grave. I use the FREE program, Picasa 3, from Google. It is simple to use. But, not at takes time to feel confident. Then it becomes fun to use. It would be good to have some help at first. I tried to use other programs and found failure. Some, I paid alot of money for and found they were too complicated. Failure is never fun.

I use a 3-in-one scanner. It prints, scans, enlarges, reduces, copy(s), faxes, reads memory cards, ect. It even does two sided copies.

It is expensive to operate and does not do high quality color photos.

Best Wishes, Martin
Added by Martin Burrell on Oct 25, 2012 3:16 AM
Martin Burrell
The Riddle Cemetery
I am not a collector of memorials. I do not try to see how many I can control. The only reason I am doing this work is to try and give the memorials roots into the past. To give visitors a glimipse into their history and the life as it was. It can help the people now living see a little into how hard peoples lives were. To see where they lived, what they did, things they had to overcome, how they earned a living, where they went to school, etc.

The Riddle Community was a special place. Family was very important to them. They had leaders that helped make it very successful and a good place to live.

If you are wanting to do the custodial care of the Riddle Family? I would ask that you present what you want to do. Do you have the time and resources to start on it now?

I have other family members to do research for and could be persuaded to release these folks to someone whose heart is really in it. I would first have to contact the person that placed the memorials into my care. Also, do you live close enough to seek out research sources in Salem and Douglas County? Are you a member of the Douglas County Genealogy Society. Are you a member of Ancestry? You do not have to do it all. But, these are basic sources that you need to be able to use. I have compiled about 15 books on Early Oregon history. They are downloadable from the internet and date to around 1900.

If your wanting a few of the memorials that is a different matter. Just list them and I will try to cooperate with you. I do have alot of their Oregon Death Certificates. I was going to post them this winter. I could give them to you now.
Added by Martin Burrell on Oct 19, 2012 7:35 AM
Martin Burrell
RE: Richard A Riddle - FAG# 8642313
I am very interested in any photos that you might have of the Riddle Family. I am still trying to do research on the extended family members.

I am having trouble locating their obituaries and have very few.

Please lable them well and send them to, I will be sure to give you credit for them. If that is alright with you. If you send me "copy[s]", I will take good care of them and return them.

Please, send them as fine a detail as you are able, and not too many at one time. Or, you could send them to our address in Oregon City,
14921 S Vortory Rd, Oregon City, Oregon 97045.
I can return them once I have scan them. Please, never send an original photo as things can get lost.

I was given custodianship of many of the Riddle memorials in the Riddle cemetery. It was with an agreement to do the research, tie the family together and be a good steward for the period of time they were in my care. The Riddle family have certainly proven themselves to be good citizens of our county and the State of Oregon.

Sorry, I took so long to reply. Martin Burrell

Added by Martin Burrell on Oct 19, 2012 6:30 AM
Martin Burrell
RE: Richard A Riddle - FAG# 8642313
Hi Andrea,

That is a fine photo of Richard. There must be away to get rid of the white area. Most often there is a methode of masking out the area not apart of the photo. It maybe called triming the photo.

If you are unfamiliar with the process ask a librarian, or a friend to show you how. Find A Grave requests that the pixel count be kept to around 650.

I use a FREE online program from Google; it is called, Picasa 3. It is easy for me to use. But,
it took some time getting use to it. I have now downloaded some 2500 photos for Find A Grave. That takes alot of time. Many of the photos are documents.
Oregon State Death Certificates and obituaries are also hot items. They all fall under, photos.

Once you get use to the way Picasa works it becomes repetitious. It sill takes alot of time and it may take a friend to help get started.

Look at, Julius Monroe Riddle. You will see his son's name on the grave marker. Read on...I discovered that son Robert and his mother both served during WWII. You will see that the son's remains are buried overseas. You can see his memorial, for location type, Lexembourg. Maybe, you would request two photos be taken and explain that you are family and not likely to ever travel to see his memorial. Request a tight/close photo and one from several feet away
showing the surrounding area. His mother is in yet another cemetery near the Golden Gate Bridge.
to see her memorial...Find A Grave#3625887.

I received a letter from overseas on his son and where he was fighting at the time of his death. He was in the Battle of the Buldge and was with a Company assigned to Gen. George Patton, Jr. west of Bastogne, in Pinsamont, Belgium. With heavy fighting going on all around him.

Good Hunting, Martin and Cheryl Burrell
Added by Martin Burrell on Sep 22, 2012 11:25 PM
RE: My family graves
Hi Andrea -- I cannot transfer memorials that I am not the creator of. You would have to request the transfer of your dad from Martin Burrel. Good luck! :)Jessica
Added by jessicado on Sep 21, 2012 3:16 PM
Martin Burrell
RE: Richard A Riddle - FAG# 8642313
There is a book that Judge, George Washington Riddle, wrote and was printed in Riddle, in 1920.

You need to get a copy for yourself. It starts off as 'a story of beginings', life in Oregon, and then later life. There is no index. It desparately needs one. Maybe you are the person. That could get several relatives to help put together an index that would help many people see Riddle in a different light today. It would help flesh out dead relatives.

The index needs to show each time a persons name is mentioned. It also needs more than that. He had a gifted memory.

See if you can find it online as a FREE download.
I got a copy maybe fove years ago. It is an open source book. Title: "History of Eary Days in Oregon", by George W. Riddle. Printed by, The Riddle Enterprise -- newpaper. A collection of articals he wrote for the town newspaper. It has about 80 printed pages.

Let me know if you are unable to find it FREE online, Martin Burrell
Added by Martin Burrell on Sep 20, 2012 10:01 PM
Martin Burrell
Richard A Riddle - FAG# 8642313
Greetings Andrea,

Do you have an obituary and photo that could be used for your father's memorial on It would be wonderful to see him honored in this way.

If you do not want to do either one, I will understand.

If you post either of them yourself, then you will maintain control of their use and your name will be attached. Or, I can do it for you. To do it all yourself first join

Please, look at your father's memorial on FindAGrave. You will surely see some changes. Do you have a copy of the book that his father wrote? We would like you to check for any errors.
Added by Martin Burrell on Sep 19, 2012 4:36 PM
RE: My family graves
Your very welcome! If you would like any family transferred to you, just let me know which memorials, :)Jessica
Added by jessicado on Aug 28, 2012 10:48 AM
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