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Ruth Davis Root (#46894369)
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Bio Photo I'm an avid genealogist and photo enumerator of cemeteries. I've taken photos of headstones for many years, enumerated several cemeteries and slowly adding them online. My main project here on Find A Grave has been helping photo enumerate our oldest cemetery here in Amarillo for Llano Cemetery under the name 'Walter Dunn'. This allows us to request a spreadsheet from FAG that has ALL our memorials on it, thus making sure we have no duplicates etc.

As to how I go about creating memorials, here is my way of doing it. I go for the obituary or any other information about the person. Iím a genealogist and the more that is put in the memorial, the more helpful it is for family to Ďknowí their ancestor and clues to find more ancestors. Iíve run across many gravers who will NOT put an obituary in. If I have the situation where they are too lazy to add my information, then I put it all in a document, take a screen shot of it, save as a .jpg and post it to the memorial as a photo. Usually they will then email me asking me to take the photo down and they update the memorial. **Note: Obituaries are in newspapers and so many other places. People cut them out, copy them, save them, you name it. If one is to assume that you might be infringing on a newspaper's copyright or some similar posting of an obituary, I honestly think the said newspaper consider an obituary public information. Now if the newspaper runs an article about the deceased, then I think they might not like it. It doesn't hurt to call the newspaper and ask. If the newspaper is no longer in business, then I figure their obituary is public domain. Just my opinion.

One thing to think about when you suggest information and they donít do anything about it, if you will write FAG and tell them you think the person is either dead or not posting any longer. SOMETIMES they will turn the memorial over to you but most times they will take over management which means they NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER make any corrections or additions. For sure thatís when I put the information on as a photo.

I have had in the past where I have requested FAG to combine two memorials of the same person and they have so far. Now that Ancestry has bought them out, I donít know if this will happen. Weíll see eventually. In addition to this, I have taken down a memorial that I have made that is a duplicate of another one if they are even a bit civil to meÖ.but only AFTER they update the memorial in question with everything that I have on the person that is extra from what they have.

I will say since I finally figured out to do the corrections via the edit process, Iíve been more successful in getting my suggestions updated.

I have started changing some of the way I type up the obituary in that I donít add the preacher etc of who is officiating if itís newer than say about 1900. I also donít add the mortuary if there is plenty of information in the obituary that would be helpful to the researcher. Most times, the pall bearers are somewhat important in that they may be clues to the deceased.

I WILL NOT PUT ĎPASSEDí or ĎPASSED AWAYí in an obit but rather that they DIED. Just a quirk of mine. If it says anything about that the deceased was ĎLOSTí that for sure wonít go inÖ.where did they lose the deceased??? On the way to the burial, they stopped at K-Mart and lost them in the store? I think when I go to K-Mart that there are all these spirits walking around, waiting to go on to heaven. Of course we donít have a K-Mart any longer, but thatís just the store I thought up when I first thought about it.

If I donít feel there is enough information such as where they were born or died exactly, Iíll do a quick search of the SSDI or on Ancestry. I have a dummy tree that I use just for this kind of look-up. If I find the wifeís name or children or parents easily on FAG, I will then link them where I can and also send suggestions to link the person to whoever has the linked to personís memorial. Yeah, itís a bit overboard and time consuming, but I do tend to carried away. If I find a lot of information easily on one that I created the memorial, I for sure add that information.

Just one of my quirks, is the old ladies who have to mention each time they speak to another person that they Ďlost their husbandí while lowering their head and eyesÖsort of like soap operas do when someone asks a question and the person they ask doesnít say anything FOREVER then it goes to commercial break. Anyway back to the lost widowsÖ. I usually say back to them, ĎDid you lose him in K-Mart?í Kind of mean and tacky but some widows will milk the sympathy gig so badly that way just to either gain sympathy or they Ďcanítí do something because of them being a widowÖI want to scream to them ĎYour husband has been dead for 20 frigging years! Sure you miss him, but get a life and DO something for yourself!!í

I've received much more from Find A Grave than I have given and I am eternally grateful for this. Through Find A Grave, I've 'met' some pretty awesome ancestors who I'd love to sit down with them and have a long chat.....Other's, I've 'met' sure are interesting and were very successful criminals.

Never hesitate to write me about a memorial or transferring one to you. If they are not my immediate ancestors, then I am happy to oblige.
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Glenda Barry
Daniel Robertson
Hi Ruth,

I went back to the cemetery transcript to check the dates. I removed the spouse link, as he was only 13, and she was about a million years old, so highly unlikely they were married.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Have a good evening!

Added by Glenda Barry on May 18, 2017 3:33 PM
Betty Harris Smith
Robert Dover 1909
Robert was not the son of Robert Short Dover. His parents were William Henry and Sarah Adaline Dooly Dover. He is my cousin. Buried at Ebenezer Methodist Church , Habersham Co., GA
Betty Harris Smith
Added by Betty Harris Smith on Feb 03, 2017 11:20 AM
Wire Cemetery
Edwards County, Kansas

I am having trouble identifying the location of this cemetery. Your notes say 4 miles south of Kinsley on west side of Highway 183. John Wire lived about 4 miles south of Kinsley and 4 miles west of the highway. Would you please check your description again and let me know? Thanks. ~ Chris
Added by Chris on Nov 01, 2016 9:16 PM
Gail Fisher Walker
Malinda Jane Broyles Robinson
It was my pleasure to post the death notice that you provided at the Memorial of Malinda Broyles Robinson. Thank you.
Added by Gail Fisher Walker on Aug 08, 2015 11:50 AM
Willie Eugene Pelt

Thanx so much for the obit info for Willie. Due credit given. Keep up the good work in F.A.G.
Have a great day.
Added by Popeye on Aug 07, 2015 6:25 AM
Mary E. Murphy
Col. F. L. Dancy
Hi Ruth:

I have added your article to the Memorial. Thank you for sending it to me.

Added by Mary E. Murphy on Jul 20, 2015 3:30 PM
Jose Filipe Chavez
Thank you Ruth for the information. I added it to his memorial.
Added by Nay on Apr 05, 2015 12:47 PM
See Memorial# 32836188
Wanted to let you know, the "image note" you added explaining who the correct father of Hollis Wade McGuire was, can now be REMOVED from Memorial# 32836188. I noticed this, because Hollis was previously linked in error, to Memorial# 7309018 which I now manage. I submitted an edit to get Hollis linked to his correct father, and this has been fixed now.
Added by AlongTheWay on Aug 26, 2014 3:45 PM
Robert Bennett
Lucille Marshall # 82472051
The spouse connection for Lucille Marshall to Albert D. Marshall (1914 - 1975) was made on her memorial. You need to contact RD (#46789230) to make the correction.
Added by Robert Bennett on Jul 01, 2014 4:07 PM
Old Clarkesville Cemetery
I'm sorry that I didn't completely explain. I have never lived in Georgia. When I first joined Find A Grave I searched my MARTIN line back to Habersham County. I located Philip Martin buried at Old Clarkesville Cemetery and decided to research and list those individuals on Find A Grave. Cheryl Williams who lives close to the cemetery and is associated with the Friends Society worked with me to take headstone photos and make corrections. She is also a member of Find A Grave Member 47256955. I think you should contact her about the family information you have there. I know it would be so appreciated. Let me know what I can do if you need any assistance.
Shirley Nance
Added by S PRICE Nance on Jun 08, 2014 11:31 AM
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