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Please feel free to use any of our photos or bios for non-commercial purposes. (Note: Our photos will always have either "MrB" or "MrsB" under the photo. Any other name under a photo on a memorial of ours came from that volunteer, and that volunteer would have to be the one to give permission.) |
I also volunteer with the Washington County Genealogical Society of Nebraska, which has an online collection of obituaries (with hard-copy cards of the original news clippings in a public library). The obituaries are for people with any connection to Washington County. The link is free (credit to the Gen. Society is appreciated if used) http://www.newashcogs.org/obits.asp
We want to help people realize they are part of larger families, making a link themselves in the on-going stories.
My husband and I have enjoyed taking photos and learning the stories of times and people gone by. We have heard the scream of eagles overhead, seen large owls swiftly make their silent dives, and watched an antlered stag peacefully munching acorns in an old downtown cemetery in Council Bluffs. Walking through soggy ground in a tiny country cemetery, we wondered why people would bury kin in low-lying areas--until we looked up at the highway, and saw the road was built up, with the cemetery left down level with the ditch (we called the state dept. on that--the first graves were there before that state entered the Union, and it wouldn't take much to dig the ditch a couple of feet deeper). Trying to fulfill a 20th century photo request, I saw in the obit that there would be a Spring interment, suggesting cremation had occurred. Sometimes family members don't always get the job done (that happened in our extended family--the surviving spouse sort of liked keeping the box in the house, and then went on to survive several decades). Trying to locate this requested grave, I called both the Funeral Home and the Sexton, and neither had any listing for this last name at all. I then wrote the memorial creator to see if the names belonged in this cemetery. I suggested perhaps the memorial could be removed, unless he knew for sure Clara and George were buried there (and then it would be a serious kindness to contact the funeral home and the sexton). Sometimes burials are privately made in family plots, particularly with cremains, and it would be a shame to have somebody else buried right on top of the urn just because nobody let the gravediggers know. Sextons from different cemeteries have said that is an increasingly common worry and occurrence. We have learned a lot since we started volunteering with FindaGrave! And to think that as a kid I found history boring :)
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|Jessica||RE: Do you have record as to how mother and daughter died on the same day?|
I do not. Just the record that they moved to California from Oregon in 1912 and then died together in 1913. I have more records coming for this part of my family though so when I find out I'll shoot you an email :)
Added by Jessica on Dec 19, 2014 8:47 AM
|Luella Hinrichsen||RE: Elaine Hinton|
I've not been brave enough to do the links like that yet, I would love to be able to and some wonderful folks have explained it to me, but it scares me I'll goof and they say IF you get the wrong link on it takes an act of God to get it back off! ;) It is fun working with others to make these memorials more then just a name and dates, I love that the siblings are now linked also! Find A Grave is getting better all the time!
|phillipsp||RE: Thank you SO MUCH for that old Omaha Bee obit|
You're very welcome.
|Elkco||RE: Thanks for the Kyle edit|
Glad to help. It keeps all of us working together to make Find-A-Grave a wonderful tool for family research! Thanks for all you do!
Added by Elkco on Nov 29, 2014 2:47 PM
|sibe80||RE: Stewart stones in Blair|
Thank you for the great photos of the Stewart's and Dixon's. I think it's great when volunteer's take a photo of the whole plot, listing who is all buried in that section. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Added by sibe80 on Nov 24, 2014 6:46 AM
|Sheila||Kenneth Dirl Snyder, Jr|
Thanks so much for the photo and edits. I really do appreciate you and all your work, even if I do not always say so.
Happy Thanksgiving week to you all!
Added by Sheila on Nov 23, 2014 10:21 AM
|Luella Hinrichsen||Clarence Bartlett|
Thank you for the plot # and all you are doing to help people find their families and adding to their memorials, I appreciate it! God bless~ Luella
I see how that happened. Dupe deleted...thanks!
Thank you so much.
Added by mkb on Nov 08, 2014 3:04 PM
|Janet Dorsey Richter||RE: #138358719|
Thank you! I understand what you are saying.
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