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Mardi Kightlinger (#47550984)
 member for 6 years, 2 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo I had a non-typical childhood, being shuffled around through relatives, foster homes, the court systems and even different states. So as far as family went and ancestry-type things, I was not interested. But after cajoling me into helping him with his account, my step-father is the one who sparked my interest in his family and then finally my own. Thanks Dad.

Once I discovered Find A Grave, it just seemed like the right thing to do to create respectful, interesting memorials for family (some very distant) and friends. They deserve to have "their stories" told and to be more than just a name and a date.

I so appreciate the volunteers who go out to take the photos. I have only taken one and I enjoyed getting out and doing it but I just haven't done any others yet. I will though.

If I have created or cared for a memorial that you wish to possess, just let me know. I will be glad to give it to you or I will gladly add your information to it if you don't wish to take possession of it.

I still have many in my possession for whom I have not written up the person's life yet. I work on them as I can and love finding missing people that might have stayed missing or unlinked to their family members if I had not become so interested in doing this. I like knowing that they are found again.

I would like to give a special thanks to volunteers- Cemetery P.I., Jan, CWL,, Linemanschic, Mr. Badger Hawkeye, Sandi Lewis-Malburg, John T. and the many, many members of our armed forces who have created memorials and been so gracious about transferring the ones I need even when I have gone back for more and more and more.

There are many more to thank, but these folks have been my sources many times and have even helped in my research. Cemetery P.I. even went to another town that was 200 miles away during a visit to her own family and took a picture for me. How great is that? Thank you to all of you.
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Alex and Dora Kightlinger
THANK YOU for the lovely message! I have transferred both to you.
Added by FutureAncestor on Jul 24, 2017 6:46 AM
Fern Lea
Lizzie Welch Souhtern

I found her headstone right next to her son Lawrence Southern in the Cave Springs Cemetery and took the pictures.

Added by Fern Lea on May 31, 2017 1:07 PM
Fern Lea
Elizabeth Welch Southern
Dear Mardi,

You are right about the possibility of someone having two legitimate grave sites. I have come across this a few times and made written notations on the memorial along with the other memorial's number for cross referencing. Example: Military Memorial Cemeteries and personal family plots for missing in action.
However in Elizabeth Welch Southern's case, reentering someone back in the early 1900's doesn't seem to likely. Her headstone is listed on cemetery records as located in Cave Springs. I am putting her on my list of "to get headstone pictures," whenever I'm back in the area.

Positively Possibilities,
Added by Fern Lea on May 25, 2017 1:54 PM
RE: Artemesia
I try to keep families together if I can find them too. That's why I asked if your friend was a findagrave member. If someone adds such wonderful photos usually it's because they are related in some way or knew them personally. So, I felt the need to pass them on to them.

I would rather transfer a memorial to someone who is close to that person in some way. The only time I get frustrated is when I have someone demanding that I give them an entire surname from a cemetery or when someone is just plain rude. Which you have not done.

If you can help your friend by doing this work for them, I gladly transfer the memorial. You don't have to explain it.

Have a great weekend!

Added by cataholic4ever on Mar 19, 2017 9:19 AM
RE: Artemesia
is your friend on findagrave?
I can transfer that memorial to her since she is family.

Added by cataholic4ever on Mar 18, 2017 8:02 PM
Artemesia "Arda" Wills Woolson
Hi, are you related to Artemesia? Love the photo you added. It's nice to see the pictures of the people we create memorials for.

Have a great day
Added by cataholic4ever on Mar 18, 2017 5:49 PM
sandi lewis - malburg
RE: Amelia Arndt Obit
Memorial # 94447383
Added by sandi lewis - malburg on Nov 13, 2016 12:18 PM
sandi lewis - malburg
RE: Amelia Arndt Obit
I put it on Amil's memorial....let me look
Added by sandi lewis - malburg on Nov 13, 2016 12:17 PM
sandi lewis - malburg
Emil Arndt
Hi same thing with Emil. Sandi
Added by sandi lewis - malburg on Nov 12, 2016 2:27 PM
sandi lewis - malburg
Amelia Arndt Obit
I transcribe the obits of the Ludington Newspapers and while finishing up 1910, I found Amelia's and noticed you made a comment on her memorial. I have posted what I found on there. Sandi
Added by sandi lewis - malburg on Nov 12, 2016 2:14 PM
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