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KDQ (#48081182)
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Bio Photo Located in the Omaha area for 25+ years.

I love to research forgotten headstones and put up family information to help others connect with their roots.

I accept all requests for transfer of memorials unless the memorial is for a direct relative to me. Just imagine what would happen to the memorials of a great aunt Bessie or great great uncle Horatio who never had children if only direct line relatives were allowed to care for their memorials!

Any photos I have taken are free to everyone to use as they wish. I am happy to share in the spirit of advancing and preserving family history.

BRING ON THE EDITS. My husband and I research what we can while we are working on Forest Lawn in Omaha. It takes family and friends of the deceased to help us round out their biographies. I'm not one of those people who thinks only 11 edits a week are acceptable. I take responsibility for the memorials I create until I can hand them off to their loved ones.

In the meantime don't be shy. Send the information you have so we get a better story about the people who populate the very large (100,000+), and historic, Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.

P.S. It's okay to make mistakes. This site is great for giving us the opportunity to correct, add, and remove information as needed. And, amazingly enough, I've found that an error can open up a whole new insight into an individual and their family.

"A guideline is a statement by which to determine a course of action. A guideline aims to streamline particular processes according to a set routine or sound practice. By definition, following a guideline is NEVER MANDATORY. Guidelines are not binding and are not enforced".
This is the description of a guideline used by several governmental agencies in the U.S.

For the people who are hell bent on enforcing guidelines as if they are rules please read the above purpose of a guideline.

It seems there is a whole group of Find A Grave members who have decided they are the "end all and be all" of Find A Grave enforcement based on whatever their pet peeve happens to be. Ugh! What a downer.

Issues such as the use of periods, immigrants who have changed the spelling of their surnames during their lifetimes, multiple marriages, etc. appear to invite a whole host of edits and emails.

Here are the reasons why I do what I do on the memorials I create:

Use of a period in a search engine can bring that search to a halt. In the computing world a period means end of story. I rarely use them. An example of lack of periods on Find A grave itself is the Prefix section. By-the-way, if you notice Find A Grave doesn't include periods for the contractions of the titles you can choose from for an individual.

I use multiple surnames if they are applicable. Those members who have not been able to find a long lost relative due to multiple married names know how essential it is to have every surname a person had to find that link (and other relatives).

Some people have taken exception to my use of a maiden name for a male adoptee. If the adoption has been openly acknowledged it is extremely important to use the surname a child was born with along with the names used during that person's lifetime to find family.

Because Find A Grave does not include the information in the body of the biography as part of the search criteria for a person it is essential to get as much information as possible added to the lines that are searchable.

Please keep in mind that the blind, or sight impaired, members of the internet community don't get to "hear" all of the information available on a Find A Grave memorial. If you have the opportunity to experience computing from this perspective you should try it. Communication for the blind has come a long way but we still have a lot more we can do to help.

Seniors, Juniors, III's, and so on and so on, are not included in the name line of the memorials I create. Individuals who are considered juniors may not be a son or daughter. They might be nieces or nephews. The reason I don't use Jr, Sr, III, etc. is that a person's status and position in that ranking can change based on a death or birth. This causes a lot of confusion and mistakes. In some cases a family will lose a child and go on to name another child born to the family the same name. Imagine what that does to the ranking of Sr, Jr, etc.

Another issue that seems to set off some Find A Grave members is how I set up my grave locations for Forest Lawn in Omaha.

My husband and I have created an Excel form that we are using to document our research in Forest Lawn. In a large number of cases we are adding names that were not in the original database that was once available online for this cemetery. We have heard from many relatives of the deceased whose memorials we have worked on advising us that reps for Forest Lawn had told them no headstone was available and yet we have photographed one.

Our Excel form is unique to us. This brings me to the most important point of being a community. Differences help us operate, search, find, and reveal to each other that alternate perspective that is so crucial to creativity and productivity.

Celebrate difference because differences are fun!

A huge thank you to everyone who contributes helpful edits, information, and photos for the memorials I have created. I don't always get a chance to thank each individual for their time but I wan't you to know I am grateful for each person's assistance.
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