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John Stoutimore (#47701677)
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Bio Photo I am researching Jacob Staudenmayer and progeny. Jacob and wife Dorothea Metzler arrived in Philadelphia on the Countess of Sussex in 1765. They spent about 15 years in Germantown, Pa., then moved to Shenandoah Co., Va., and on down the valley to Augusta, Rockingham, and Roanoke counties. Current surnames are: Stoutemyer, Stoutamyer, Stoutamyre, Stoutamoyer, Stoutamire, Stoutamore, Stoutimore.

Most obituaries that I post are from "Chronicling America Newspapers", a valuable free resource which doesn't get as much use as it should.

See for old Missouri newspapers. A few are also imaged at Chronicling America, but most are not, so this is another great free newspaper source.

Many states have their own source for digital newspapers which are often hard to find. Google "STATE historical newspapers" and ignore the many commercial sites. Texas:

Under 1% of old newspapers are available online. Many states have libraries of old newspapers on microfilm. Google "Missouri Historical Society newspapers on microfilm" for a list of their vast holdings.* Their library is on the M.U. campus in Columbia, Missouri, and the University Avenue Bed and Breakfast is a short walk away. I've stayed in several B&B's, and can attest that this one is supreme. I spent a week there reading old Missouri newspapers on microfilm. It was an ancestry geek's dream vacation. Don't expect to book a room at this B&B on an MU home-game weekend. *(Borrow their newspaper reels on inter-library loan through your local library for $15).

I format obits with the GIMP digital editing program. It is common among Linux users, but a Windows version is also available. It's free and comparable to PhotoShop. To format an obit, first save the newspaper banner separately. Then save the obit separately. Rotate them as necessary, and clean them up using "Enhance; Unsharp Mask" and "Colors; Brightness-Contrast". Use the "Crop" tool to clip off unneeded parts. Erase any remaining original column lines and ink blobs with the eraser tool. When the obit body is finished, use the text-tool to add the city and publication date above the obit. Save. Now drag the banner you've previously saved onto the obit. Use "Layer; scale" to size the banner to the obit. Then use the "Move" tool to position the banner. Right-click and select "Image; Flatten". Crop the entire image, and make a suitable border with "Filters; Decor; Add Border". Flatten; and save under a new XXXXX.jpg name. This is a short guideline. There are many other steps. (For example, if an obit is dark in one part but faint in another, you can select parts for color/contrast editing). My first obit took a full day. It was one column, the entire length of the newspaper. I saved it in pieces, then pasted the pieces together to make 3 columns.

Google "Missouri Digital Heritage death certificates" for free death certificates from 1910-1963. Missouri has some pre-1910 death records, but death reporting was then performed by counties. Compliance was voluntary and was often ignored.

Google "Missouri Digital Heritage Plat Maps" for old county plat maps. They are a big help in locating lost farm cemeteries. These county atlases have more than maps. Many have wonderful artwork of people, buildings and farms. Use GIMP, PhotoShop, or the like to edit the images.

Lost Cemeteries. Use old plat maps or land grant papers to find the Section-Township-Range where the cemetery was situated. Many county assessors allow online property searches where you can locate the current owner by searching on Section-Township-Range. Then use Google Maps in satellite view to search for likely places for the cemetery. If you're lucky, you may even see gravestones.

Many have ancestors who were in Virginia. Google "Virginia Chancery Index" for Virginia Chancery Court records. The records include many suits listing a decedent's heirs.

Permission is granted for any noncommercial use of any photograph or image that I've posted. If you have a better quality image than one I've posted, kindly advise me and I'll delete mine so you can post yours.

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RE: Duplicates in Shenandoah
Dear John,

My sincerest apology for taking so long to reply.

~~~~~ Your Public Message to Me~~~~~

E49: The general rule is that when there are duplicate memorials, the one which should be deleted is the most recent one.

As you noted, contributor John Doe deleted thousands of Shenandoah memorials, after which many contributors made new memorials. When Project Manager revived Doe's deleted memorials, it caused many newer memorials to become duplicates.

So what is the appropriate rule for deleting? To me it makes sense to delete the newer one if both memorials are equal (e.g., no photos, no links); but to delete the older one if the newer one has more info. Is this how it works?

Answer to 3rd paragraph question:

Contributor 'Gathering R____' fell victim to the 'deletion' problem as she had re-entered hundreds, if not thousands of memorials, from a CD she bought which apparently only had years of birth and death, and many of her re-entered memorials were deleted as they contained less data than the original 'contributor couple' had added from their cemetery surveys which had full dates.

But those of hers that had more data, bios, photos and/or links 'seemed to take president' and the originals were merged into hers, and a number of mine, and I suspect other contributors memorials.

F-A-G's 'Program Manager' has really done a darn good job at handing this situation. It has been a while since I have stumbled onto a set of dups, so I really can't speak to any latest trend...

Hope that answers you clearly enough for your purposes. :-)

Thank you again for all your memorials and enhancements, and your Transfers to me and others.

Always, in F-A-G brotherhood,

PS - Now if F-A-G would only shut off the ads, so we could really get some work done, instead of waiting for the next rotating billboard ad... though they seemed to have finally gotten rid of the Key West Florida ads and video ads in the right column... :-)
Added by E49 on Jun 18, 2017 12:11 AM
Cathy Morgan
Kenney -Sprague article
Thank you so much for sharing the wedding announcement article. I have posted it to the site giving you credit.
Added by Cathy Morgan on May 23, 2017 9:52 AM
Darlena Mixson
RE: Frances (Whittle) Thrailkill 35985425
Thanks. This is such a sad little cemetery. There are 6-7 gravestones almost covered with plant growth.....was afraid of snakes. I keep meaning to go back in the winter and try to get some more pictures. It's a private cemetery.
Added by Darlena Mixson on May 10, 2017 10:57 PM
Lamb & Coon marriage
Thanks so much for the marriage notice!
Added by rachel on May 09, 2017 4:20 PM
Record Keeper
George O Hilbert #112612490
I checked the death certificate for George Hilbert. He is buried at St. Andrews in Roanoke.
I hope this is helpful.
Added by Record Keeper on Apr 29, 2017 7:39 PM
Long Black Veil
Levi Goodpaster
Thanks for the obit of Levi Goodpaster.

I gave you credit for Levi Goodpaster obit on his memorial.

Added by Long Black Veil on Apr 28, 2017 10:27 AM
Bill Foster
Thanks for all the obits from the Weston Border Times.
Added by Bill Foster on Apr 27, 2017 5:43 AM
RE: Duplicates in Shenandoah
Dear John,
All data being equal, the newer memorial should, as per FindAGrave, be deleted.

In cases where the newer memorial was a replacement for those 40,000+ deletions by a certain Contributor couple, and had either more complete data, bios, links etc, I have seen FindAGrave staff MERGE the original memorial into the newer one, seemingly giving credit to the newer Contributor for his/her/their extra efforts.

Thank you again for all your enhanced memorials, and those you have been kind enough to transfer to me over the years!

Always, in FindAGrae brotherhood,
Added by E49 on Apr 21, 2017 8:17 AM
Eli Chandler
Frances W. Tolson Harvey
Hi John, thank you for adding Frances to the graves in Lee-Harvey Cem.. I think you are right and she is in there. I have been recently doing more work on Bio.`s for the people in there and found that she married James E. Harvey on October, 26, 1843. Thanks to Rita Bodily for her research too. The marriage record calls her husband James S. but of coarse this is not right it is James E. and you got that right as well. When you have the time would you please add this to her bio.. I know she does not have much of a bio. yet but just the paper copy you added as a picture. Thanks for this as well. I will have more to add eventually but this will let people know that we have the right person in the right place. No gravestone exists for her but that may be corrected as well because I am adding stones to this cemetery as I can afford them. More to come I hope. Again, thank you for your valuable help. Sincerely, Eli Chandler
Added by Eli Chandler on Mar 12, 2017 2:16 PM
Ellen Bishop
Thanks for the
information on Allula Sutherland
Added by Ellen Bishop on Feb 21, 2017 10:36 AM
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