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Steve (#48380989)
 member for 2 years, 9 months, 27 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled onto Find-A-Grave while searching for information about a recently deceased family member.

Previously, I had no clue that a community of volunteers provided such a wonderful service. THANK YOU to all the contributors who made my research easier.

As many others have cited, genealogy is a "pay-it-forward" sort of thing. I can never repay the people that provided historical family materials to me. So, helping others with their search of history is my attempt to repay that debt.

I would never intentionally offend anyone. If I ask a question, it's just that--a question. If I make a mistake in a listing, it's just that--a mistake. If you find an error in a listing, let me know and I'll do my very best to make it right.

My only motivation is to accurately document history. My prayer is to tell history by breathing life into those that have gone before. Only the living can tell stories for the dead.

If you wish to use any of my photos, please ask first.
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Cheri Brown Keenan
Henry Wilton, Jr 151238038
Hello Steve
Could you make the following correction to Henry Wilton, Jr.'s information. He was born 15 June 1927 in DeKalb, Ill. Died 16 Nov 1935 in DeKalb, Ill. His parents were Henry Wilton 1901- and Erma Price Wilton 1900-. Even through his parents lived in DeKalb all their lives I still have not been able to find their graves. Henry Jr also had a sibling, Bertha (Betty) Wilton Davis 1923-1986. John Wilton 1875-1942 was Henry's grandfather.
My father was Henry Wilton, Jr.'s cousin.
Thank you
Cheri Brown Keenan 48365466
Added by Cheri Brown Keenan on Jan 16, 2017 11:08 AM
Elmwood Cemetery
Hi Steve ~ I have relatives buried in Elmwood Cemetery, and also do a bit of Civil War research. When I'm looking through Find A Grave listings for Elmood and Fairview, I've often come across photos you've taken and I'm always in awe. I do my best when I go out for photo requests, but I'm just another hack with a digital camera or my IPhone. Many of your photos are works of art, worthy of framing! Your photos show not only an artistic eye, but also an attention to light and detail that shows how much you really care about quality. Just wanted to let you know that your efforts are very much appreciated! Happy New Year!
Added by JSOrorke on Jan 12, 2017 7:29 AM
RE: Obituaries and edits for Elmwood Cemetery.
Hi Steve!

Thank you for your comments.

I have been working lately in Elmwood Cemetery as the weather permits. As long as there is not snow on the ground and the wind chill is not below zero, I've been in the cemetery taking photos.

I have turned my attention to Elmwood Cemetery after also photographing in other local cemeteries in Cortland, Maple Park and Elburn throughout 2016. I have found many relatives/families connected between all of the cemeteries. It has been interesting being able to connect family members buried in these local cemeteries.

I have not had the time to download all of the obituaries and input birth/death dates/locations from my last visit to Elmwood on 1/1. I will continue to work on them, and send edits to you.

I also will continue to photograph out at Elmwood. I appreciate all of the work which you have done to date in Elmwood. It is great to have the information already entered into the Find A Grave Web site.

Let's continue to communicate regarding Elmwood, and the work each of us are doing in that specific cemetery. I share your desire to document Elmwood as best as we are able during 2017.

Thank you for going throughh the edits which I sent to you, and emptying out my 'Edits Pending' box.
Added by nancy on Jan 09, 2017 8:58 AM
Elsie Harmon
RE: Lieutenant Jay D. Underwood
I was glad to do it for the family even though I didn't know them. Very emotional reading what they went through. I just finished the obit. for Robert Underwood. They certainly deserved to be honored for their service to our country.
Added by Elsie Harmon on Dec 19, 2016 3:05 AM
William Robinson
Are you related to William H. Robinson 149161414? If not would you transfer his memorial to me 46771122? He is the nephew to my fourth great grandfather.
Added by Fredionia on Nov 26, 2016 11:58 AM
Callie Gordon
Thanks for the memorial Photo
Added by ManyBranches00 on Nov 17, 2016 1:24 PM
Eva Drake Johnson
The Drake family at Elmwood Cemetery
Hi Steve!

I had left a message a while ago and I'm guessing that you missed the message because I didn't hear from you. Could you please transfer the memorials for Charles W. Drake (#128508451) and Emma H. Drake (#128508250) to me? They are my great-grandparents. If possible, I'd also like to have Jeanette P. Drake (#128475716) and Linda Drake (#128508108), who are part of the same family. Jeanette is my grandma's cousin who she was good friends with, and Linda was my mom's cousin. Thanks so much for all your contributions to this site!

Eva Drake Johnson
Added by Eva Drake Johnson on Oct 31, 2016 12:48 PM
Martha L. Lind
Request for photos of headstones
Hello Steve!
In May 2015 you entered a Find A Grave photo for Annie P.B. Powell, 1903-1924 but there is no photo of her head stone, only of the Fairview Cemetery. Could I impose on you to revisit Annie and her parents (Perry A.C. and Winifred Brooke) and take a shot of each headstone for the family in Michigan? They are apparently located together in the NEM Section of Fairview Cemetery, Sec 1, Row 23, graves #585-586-587.

I am doing the research for Annie's grandson, now 68 and under chemo treatment for cancer. It is important to him. All older generations are dead.

Marti Lind, Geni Researcher
Added by Martha L. Lind on Oct 25, 2016 4:43 PM
Marc Rettus
Thanks, Steve
Thanks for the addition of the plot information for John Hartman!!
Added by Marc Rettus on Oct 15, 2016 1:55 PM
Bruce Myers
Gonters in Elmwood, Sycamore, IL
Hi Steve: I have accepted your recent edit requests for Mattie and William Gonter. Also, thanks so much for posting photos of their monuments in Elmwood Cemetery. I am very grateful. William was a brother of my great grandmother, Adeline Gonter Noel. Regards - Bruce.
Added by Bruce Myers on Oct 08, 2016 9:51 AM
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