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Russ Dodge (#309)
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Bio Photo Senior Find A Grave Curator and Administrator.

Check out my Bio on the Find A Grave Main Page here, under "Who Is Behind Find A Grave".

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lifelong resident of New Jersey until July 2013.
Now reside outside of Philadelphia, but will always be a "New Jerseyan" for life.
Find A Grave Contributor since 1996
Find A Grave Admin since 2002
Human Being since 1969
"Chuck Taylor's" wearer since 1979.

A majority of my contributions are Civil war-era soldiers. If you find one or any of my interments is an ancestor, I would be happy to transfer them to you.

I get a large amount of e-mails a day pertaining to Findagrave in general and my contributions in particular. If perchance I have failed to respond in a timely manner, please resend your correspondence and I will endeavor to reply.

I am also a volunteer tour guide at Philadelphia's historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, final resting place of the "Victor of Gettysburg" Major General George Gordon Meade, amongst many many others. Come visit sometime and explore some buried history.
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Deletion of old approved/denied updates
Russ - I checked the FAQs but didn't find this subject addressed. Once one of my requested corrections to a grave record has been completed (either approved or denied), how long does it take for the request to be removed/archived from my EDIT lists? Or is this something I can remove myself once the request is complete?

I hope you are the right person to address this question to.

Thanks, Val Cifuni
Added by VCifuni on Apr 28, 2017 4:25 PM
Sharon Palmer
Dr. John Stites Whilldin # 88328855
I am writing to ask permission to use the photo of John Stites Whilldin in my family tree. I will give you credit and list the Memorial # and found on Find-a-Grave. I hope this is agreeable to you. Thank you, Sharon
Added by Sharon Palmer on Apr 25, 2017 12:45 PM
Dr. Patricia Burke
Kitty Wilson from P Burke
I offered an edit a few years ago thru Hargis, it was there for several years. When I looked at the site this past winter, someone had taken a photo of the “deceased”’s memorial but my edit/story was gone . I contacted Hargis again, no reply. Contacted DJveah1 in January - no response . I was notified a repeat message to Hargis was received, but again, no response. I contacted you, but not on the public forum, and I have emailed Katrina twice, although I can’t tell if the email works or not . I believe it was you, and Katrina that I heard from ( I did lose some emails ) but both replies either off mark ( “I don’t know how we memorialize a pet”) and/ or - I will pass on to so and so . I have noticed one change, the least necessary, one place Dorothy and Alton are no longer listed as Kitty’s parents

Here a version of the letter I have sent now - 7-8 times.

I am a “member” of find a grave - I would love to take pictures but the few times I have tried, the “maps “ of the cemetery are not specific enough - it will be a large area and I can’t find the name listed.

I am writting about The Wilson trio in Parksley Cemetery, Accomack county, Virginia. I went to show "my cousin's grave" to someone, The last time I has checked, there was no grave stone shown, but her name was listed, “ Kitty Wilson” 1954-55 Parents Dorothy and Alton Wilson - which if one looks at their birth and dates of death - were too old to be natural parents .

I sent an edit several years to Mr. Hargis, and was posted on the web site-- for years -it’s now gone! But there is a photo now of the headstone “Our Kitty” .

My mother, Pearl Cropper Burke, was buried there in 1962, near her father who died early 1950s. The rest of my immediate family will be buried with spouses elsewhere. I am planning to be cremated; I thought I’d have my ashes interred and a stone, next to my mother - so she “wouldn’t be alone “. Maybe 10 years ago now, I started trying to find out how to prove I had a right to be buried there- it was not easy. My mother’s sister said - who’s going to complain? Anyway- I tracked down the owners of the cemetery they checked old books and confirmed. (In Virginia you purchase the right to be buried in private cemetery, they still own the land ). In the 1920s my great-grandfather John (and Polly) Savage ( Called Ma and Pa by their children and grandchildren) bought/got the rights to four noncontiguous plots which hold 6-8 each in Parksley Cemetery. After my mother died, and we moved back east from NM, I spent 5 summers with my grandmother. We often visited her brother-in-law Alton ( a doll) and her sister “Rotha” ( how they pronounced Dorothea - where Dorothy, which is on her stone, came from -no idea ).She was the family’s cat lover -and- kind of a nut. She only had one cat at a time,all very spoiled. The one she had which I knew, was miserable and unaffectionate. As her great niece, a cat owner AND veterinarian, I can say that .

My cousin and I would often accompany my grandmother to the cemetery to cut the grass and visit. At least once, during each visit, my grandmother, Daisy (Savage Cropper), would stop, put her hands on her hips and stare further into the cemetery and say, in an inimitable Eastern Shore accent : “ I don’t believe that fool Rotha, spent 700 hundred dollars, for a zinc lined baby casket, and buried a damn cat up there with “ Ma and Pa” .

‘OUR KITTY’, was, their kitty. This also explains Birth: Feb., 1954 Death Sep. 15, 1955 -- no exact date of birth.

Family links listed: Parents:
Alton Minos Wilson (1896 - 1964) Dorothy S. Savage Wilson (1897 - 1975) in their day they were owners, now “pet parents” Alton’s date of death is wrong too but I cant find the right date, might have been 74

I doubt my Uncle Alton would be pleased he is listed as one of her parents, but I bet my Aunt Rotha would be thrilled.

Burial:Parksley Cemetery ParksleyAccomack County Virginia, USA

Created by: David Hargis Record added: Apr 10, 2015 ***
Find A Grave Memorial# 144824171

The listing has been there for years and years. I though my original edit was well before 2015. The photo is more recent. The only reason I can think they only show Kitty’ s is thinking it’s a child,

Added by Dr. Patricia Burke on Apr 13, 2017 8:56 PM
Sue Burns
Find A Grave have Rose Farm in Ohio as Perry Co. Which is wrong. Rose Farm is in MORGAN CO. I live in Rose Farm. There is a lot of people I know that was born in Rose Farm (MORGAN CO) OHIO but can not put in it in their memorial because of the wrong county. Can you help me fix this. THANK YOU SUE BURNS
Added by Sue Burns on Apr 13, 2017 8:04 PM
Dan Oh
Chester County Townships
Russ: You added the first half of the townships for Chester County I sent a while ago to the drop down box. Can you finish the remainder so it is complete? We have a lot of people for Valley Township, so we are erroneously using Coatesville. Thanks Danoh

Newlin Township

Penn Township

Pennsbury Township

Sadsbury Township

Schuylkill Township

South Coventry Township

Tredyffrin Township

Upper Oxford Township

Upper Uwchlan Township

Uwchlan Township

Valley Township

West Bradford Township

West Fallowfield Township

West Goshen Township

West Marlborough Township

West Nantmeal Township

West Sadsbury Township

West Whiteland Township
Added by Dan Oh on Apr 12, 2017 6:28 AM
Debra Fox
Too much info
Hi Russ,
I've only been researching family for a few years but am now an addict!...not really sure who to contact on here but your position made you the most likely candidate.

In the short time I have been researching I see more and more info being listed on Find A Grave. In my own immediate family I've seen many errors that othes assume is accurate only creating more errors.

I ended up as a member here because I can no longer trust that the headstone I'm looking at on this site belongs to the relative it is attached.

It happened this morning inspiring this message. A 2nd ggf listed with 2 separate families at the same time and the children listed were from the supposed 2nd wife (he had no 2nd wife). Looking closer at the headstone I realized the birth and death date are incorrect. He was not my Joseph Crocker, only listed that way on Find A Grave.So now I see someone has gone in and said there is an error on his death certificate because they are confusing Joseph Crocker no. 1 with Joseph Crocker no.2. If one this easy to research is wrong how wrong is the info on the older memorials?

I guess my feeling....Find A Grave needs to be just that.Simplify.I don't want to see someone's theory on wives, marriage dates, children, their marriages, birthdates,etc. from 1700 especially without data to back it up posted. Then I go on ancestry and everyone's posting info as gospel because Find A Grave has it listed.

Besides, even if info was always factual, what fun is just transferring info without the hunt and the pleasure of finding the new clue?

Added by Debra Fox on Apr 07, 2017 8:34 AM
Mike Sullivan
Thank you!
Thanks for the transfer and for merging the two memorials.
Added by Mike Sullivan on Apr 02, 2017 5:22 PM
Trevor Baxter
Titanic grave photo.
sorry Russ would you know the grave ref for Mrs Potter please.
Added by Trevor Baxter on Mar 31, 2017 1:28 PM
Trevor Baxter
Titanic grave photo.
Hi Russ,
My name is Trevor Baxter, i am a Titanic researcher, i see on find a grave you have a photo of Mrs Potter 1st class passenger(Wilson) #8134675 i am trying to locate as many Titanic grave sites and memorials that are still surviving today, up to now over 300+ in the U.S.A and UK, i live in the UK so it would be hard to visit the cemetery, which i would love to do, i am looking for your permission to download the photo, would you have a up to date one at all?, i hope you can help.
Added by Trevor Baxter on Mar 31, 2017 1:22 PM
correcting info
I want to correct information as to the name of an individual's father. Raymond O. Kidd had Theodore as his father, he was not. The father was never identified. Rose and Ted were not around each other at the time. I am his daughter.
Added by Alice on Mar 23, 2017 1:52 PM
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