I am an amateur genealogist who loves trying to solve puzzles/riddles. This site has been an excellent resource for some of my missing pieces and has helped me expand the various family trees I have in-work.
I've started to review the picture requests for a particular cemetery and will try to fulfill as many as I can as I know how helpful they can be with the ancestry research.
RE: Mahers in Calvary, P.S. "Oh! I didn't catch that the name of the gravestone maker and the location were also etched at the bottom. Do all the stones in this cemetery include that?"
Well, at least 90% of the headstones have the makers' names and the graves locations at the bottom. Some old stones don't have it; in such cases, we look at the stones around it and we calculate the grave location for those that don't have it. It's a great system. Each row (called "Plot") have sectors (called "Ranges"). The number of the Ranges grow higher in one specific direction, and so does the number of the graves themselves. So as long as I have the 4 grave parameters or locators, I enter the section from any point, look at a few headstones that have their locations engraves and I orient myself immediately and estimate the situation of the grave I'm looking for in 2 seconds.
RE: Mahers in Calvary, P.S. If it were not for the grave location engraved on the headstones, we the photo volunteers would be lost in the largest cemetery in all US territory )Calvary). KLucas, would you please click "Request A Photo" on each of the new memorials so that they can appear on the list? You can also add a simple note: "Photos already taken by Marcial."
RE: Mahers in Calvary KLucas, Calvary office told you that "no other names were listed at this same site". Well, as you can see there are 3 in all: Mary, Kate (Catharine) and James. That's one problem. The other problem is that Clancy, the gravestone maker, got away with that obvious, big mistake: born in 1852 and dead in 1812 (instead of 1912). I take my photos with the highest resolution (6M per photo) so that they can be magnified to see all little details, and that "1812" is definitely "8", not "9". I wonder how the family let that go. And I agree with you 100%, the photo volunteer can resolve questions, mysteries, mistakes, new information... just by taking the photos at the headstones and posting them.
Wilbur Williams Caldwell I want to comment on the WW Caldwell site. The stone and other content seems correct, but the picture is not WW Caldwell. He was my grandfather and I have several pictures of him and that is not him. Let me know if you need one.
RE: McCall's I greatly appreciate all that you have already done, and especially your response in mentioning Zook and Viola McCall's running the cafe in "C'ville." Did they own the cafe? What was the name of the cafe? Can you offer approximate dates that the McCall's were involved in the cafe? Any additional observations on the McCall's, that you would like to offer, would be appreciated. I would like to mention this in their occupation on my ancestory site. These tid bits of info gives them some personality rather than a list of dates. You can respond to email@example.com. Mike, Oregon
McCall's Thank you for going out, finding the headstone, taking the pictures and uploading them. You took the overall picture of the headstone and then the close up of the engraving. Thank you very much for the extra effort. Mike, Oregon