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Lisa Burks (#46590262)
 member for 16 years, 9 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo Hi there! I create memorials to remember the dead and to help folks connect with the memories of loved ones. Final disposition is the last chapter of anyone's story, an important element of genealogy.

TRANSFERS: Have I created a memorial that you'd like to manage? Let me know, I'm happy to transfer any pages except for my immediate family.

PHOTOS: Please feel free to use any photos that I've posted for your own genealogy research and family trees, etc. For commercial use please send me a release form. Thank you! :)


In June 2014, I moved back to Michigan from California to be my Mom's primary caregiver; she was a stroke survivor who navigated the world of dementia with humor and dignity. While here I have been enjoying "Find A Graving" at nearby cemeteries in White Lake, Highland and Milford. My go to resource for researching older graves are the township cemetery transcripts published by the Oakland County Genealogical Society, invaluable field guides. Thank you OCGS!


I appreciate all the flowers people have left for my beloved Dad! Thank you! :) December 10, 2017 will be his 33rd Angel Day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He was a wonderful person and parent.

My beautiful mom, Tillie Burks, gained her angel wings on April 17, 2017. The grief is fresh, the love is forever. Miss you, Mom! xo


ABOUT MY INTEREST IN CEMETERIES: I've been drawn to cemeteries for as long as I can remember, having often played among the old tombstones at Oxbow Lakeside Cemetery while growing up in White Lake, Michigan.

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 I began exploring celebrity graves as a hobby and along the way have been just as moved by the neighboring "civilian" headstones that surround and outnumber them. I met like-minded grave hunters when The Hollywood Underground Yahoo group was formed in 1998.

I ran the website from 2007-2015 in order to keep the public informed about the ongoing closure/lawsuit story happening there in Glendale, Calif. The cemetery is now under new ownership and I am focusing on chronicling its 100+ year history.

Volunteers still work on updating the Grand View FindAGrave page and fulfilling photo requests.

Adventures in Grave Hunting is my cemetery-related blog. I haven't updated it in a while but the archives of old stories go back several years. I have a huge backlog of interesting stories just waiting to be told when I have more free time.

My first contribution to Find A Grave was in August 2000, in honor of my grave hunting buddy Denis Svoboda.

I collect vintage photographs of grave markers and of people posing in cemeteries, wondering about the stories behind the snapshots. I like to match them with Find A Grave memorials that are already online, virtually reuniting loved ones whose pictures somehow ended up for sale here and there. See the evolving results here.

For my own "string on my finger" reference: Use a period after names where only an initial is known.

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Sue Seeterlin Rice
James E Seeterlin
Thank you Lisa for the fine photo of my Dads gravestone. I am grateful for folks such as you who offer such kindness. Your findagrave contributions are appreciated by many.

Sue Seeterlin-Rice
Added by Sue Seeterlin Rice on May 27, 2017 10:48 AM
Valenciaღ Asiaღ Angel of Mine 💞

Want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful mom, I'm so very sorry.

Valencia's mom

Added by Valenciaღ Asiaư... on May 26, 2017 9:26 PM
RE: AYOTTE, Richard L.


Ach, sorry. Yes, Richard's Ashes would be in one of the 3 or 4 Columbarium Walls (Not the Columbarim by the Office0 --- I had photographed it back in Jul 2013 after Richard's Ashes were inserted into the Wall and a Plaque attached with his name, but cannot find the photos at this time. Waiting for Camera Batteries to charge up. :)

I created Richard's Memorial at FindAGrave back in 2013. Don't know how I came up with the Section or Plot of "Section MS1 Site 216", unless I got it from a Memorial Card ?

OK, you've explained where YOUR photo came from. Thank you. And yes, very pleased if you can get the Columbarium photos as well ! No Hurry.

Thanks again,

Brooklyn, Michigan

Added by Jim SIMPSON on May 13, 2017 9:00 PM
RE: AYOTTE, Richard L.

Hi again Lisa,

Your LINK Took me to the Wall (Niche) where Richard AYOTTE's "Ashes" are. Which is: Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI.
Section MS1 (abbrev. for Memorial Section 1), Site 216

However, your Photo is clearly from a Military Grave Stone, which appears to be in a "Field'. Is your Grave Stone photo from the SAME Grate lakes, HOLLY, CEMETERY ?

If so, Can you indicate where on this Map:

That YOUR Military Grave Stone is in ?

Thank you,

Added by Jim SIMPSON on May 13, 2017 8:21 PM
AYOTTE, Richard L.
Hi Lisa,

You have Posed a photo of a Grave Marker for Richard l. AYOTTE to his Memorial Page

Can you tell me where this Grave Marker is ACTUALLY located, what Cemetery, where located, etc. ?

Thank you !

Added by Jim SIMPSON on May 13, 2017 3:14 PM
Leslie Odell Ousnamer
White Lake Cemetery
Thank you for the obits for Amanda Pryne (my g-g aunt) and Glen Voorhies (brother of g-g uncle Ira's wife Nellie). I appreciate it. I also just found the CMU digital newspaper site but haven't been able to browse it yet.
Thanks again!
Added by Leslie Odell Ousnamer on May 12, 2017 3:27 PM
Thanks for adding the nice headstone photo and for the edits. Great work, Slick
Added by Slick on May 04, 2017 10:13 AM
Marlene [Birr] King
Wow... that was fast!! Thank you so much for taking this photo of Bill Lentz's marker for me. I appreciate it very much.

Marlene King
Added by Marlene [Birr] King on May 03, 2017 10:14 AM
Honoring our ancestors
Thank you for the photo!
Added by Honoring our ancestors on May 01, 2017 4:52 PM
Susie Eyster Parks
RE: Oxbow Lakeside Olmstead & Wright
One last note, I just saw that your mother JUST passed away. Bless you for being there for her and with her. Give your self some time...I will take a lei to the ocean this week and send it out for her.
Added by Susie Eyster Parks on Apr 25, 2017 12:07 PM
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