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John E Bastin (#48229457)
 member for 2 years, 8 months, 19 days
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Bio Photo I started working with my family genealogy in 1998, but didnít make a lot of progress over the years because of limited time. When I was working it seemed like there was very little free time to work on it, and at the time online resources were scarce and more travel was required, to find the documents needed. I always said that when I retired, genealogy would definitely be one of my primary activities.

In December of 2012 I retired, but didnít think about genealogy for a while (why? Who knows why? Itís just one of those things). It was September of 2013 when I attended a presentation at our county fair about online genealogy and had my interest re-kindled.†

Beginning at that time, I started to spend serious time at this ďhobby,Ē living at our library plus discovering all of the online resources that were becoming available.†

Since then, Iíve been spending an average of multiple hours per day really learning about my family history and recording it, mostly in files and images on the computer. One of the large benefits of the electronic age for genealogy is that I can store thousands of documents, census records, birth and death certificates, headstone photos and the like without taking hundreds of cubic feet of physical space to accomplish it. Between a hand document scanner that I have and my iPhone with scanning software, I have little difficulty turning paper documents into images that are easy to store.

One sideline of this activity that Iíve taken on a bit is headstone photography. I enjoy going to cemeteries and photographing the headstones of my family and others, and I enjoy collecting photos from far away cemeteries, taken by others, for my own genealogy database. Iím happy to be able to give back to the hobby by fulfilling photo requests here for headstones in cemeteries within a reasonable travel distance from my home.

If youíre looking for any genealogical information from Wayne County, Ohio, or headstone photos from my area, just drop me an e-mail and Iíll be happy to help you out.
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 • 96 Memorials Added
 • 125 Memorials Managed
 • 1 Memorial/week
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Jonathan Eicher
Ernest G Moore, Sr
Hi John,

Thank you so much for the nice photo of the gravestone of Ernest G Moore, Sr. I appreciate the effort and time you took to do this.

Jon Eicher
Added by Jonathan Eicher on May 01, 2016 4:24 PM
Charles Patterson
Emily Corbett

Thanks again, and appreciate you being so thorough.

Charles Patterson
Added by Charles Patterson on Sep 19, 2015 9:51 AM
Paul Waddell Headstone
Thanks so much, John, for taking the photo of Paul's headstone. I had no record that his wife, Euphemia "Jennie" Nesbitt, was buried with him. Thanks to you, I now know they rest together. So, thanks for including the photo on her Memorial Page as well. You helped me even more with that inclusion. Your time and effort, John, is so greatly appreciated!
Added by surcasa on Aug 31, 2015 10:06 AM
Charles Patterson
Cynthia VanOstern

Thanks for our time and photo, it is very much appreciated.

I just created a memorial for her daughter Emma Corbett. Did you get a death year on her?

Charles Patterson
Added by Charles Patterson on Aug 25, 2015 5:00 PM
Sgt. Carey McAfee, Wooster OH
Thank you very much for the cemetery photos of Carey McAfee's grave. It is greatly appreciated.
Added by JAM on Aug 24, 2015 1:53 PM
Sandy Porter
Joyce, Creola and Robert Kreischer
Thanks so much for taking the gravestone photos for the Kreischer family. Your time and efforts on Find A Grave are greatly appreciated.
Added by Sandy Porter on Aug 24, 2015 12:19 PM
Minnie Bartchy
Thanks for the photos. Your time and effort are much appreciated.

Best regards,
Added by 919ncgran on Aug 24, 2015 8:13 AM
Walter Dunn
Raymond King's photo
Thanks, I appreciate it.

Walter Dunn
Added by Walter Dunn on Aug 23, 2015 11:08 AM
Autumn Murphy
RE: Forrest Hochstelter
Thank you very much :)
Added by Autumn Murphy on Aug 04, 2015 3:22 PM
Autumn Murphy
Forrest Hochstelter
Thank you very much for photographing the headstone of Forrest Hochstelter, the husband of my 3rd cousin 3x removed. Would it be ok if I used your photo in my tree (crediting you of course)?

Thanks again for your time!

Autumn Murphy
Added by Autumn Murphy on Aug 04, 2015 2:50 PM
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