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Russ Dodge (#309)
 member for 16 years, 7 months, 23 days
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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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rosie mcnaughton
Leon M. Howay #5352773
I was contacted by the grandson (Bryan Jack Howay) of Leon's brother, Bryan Joseph Howay, who wanted me to connect the memorials so that Leon would appear as Bryan's sibling. I have contacted the member who has the memorial(#46625361), but I suspect they may not be active. Bryan and Leon's parents were: George Edgar Howay (#8762813) and Laura Mary Coffenburger Howay (#8762815). I wondered if you could do this for me. I promised the grandson I would see to it, but now we are moving sooner than expected and I won't have access to my computer for awhile. My # is 47201993. Thank you so much.
Rosie McNaughton
Added by rosie mcnaughton on Jun 24, 2017 8:47 AM
Jacki, Weymouth Massachusetts
George Bernard Drake 112015810
Hi Russ. I was contacted with the following message:

Forest Hills Cemetery prohibits ALL PHOTOGRAPHY OF HEADSTONES unless photographed by a family member or lot owner, OR written permission by the original lot owner or family member has been granted. ~ Patrick J. Daly

Can I just give permission right on the page? Or do I have to write to them?

Added by Jacki, Weymouth Massachus... on Jun 21, 2017 5:35 AM
RE: Website problems.
This is the only site that I get this.
Added by Lynn on Jun 18, 2017 6:10 AM
RE: Website problems.
Thank you for your prompt reply, I do love Find A Grave and have enjoyed this site so much.
Added by Lynn on Jun 18, 2017 6:03 AM
Website problems.
I am finding this website to be very hard to navigate especially in the last few weeks. Pages disappearing, pop-ups, etc. I get many messages via my browser that I might be connecting to a website that is not secure. I have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy here and I am very disappointed that this is happening.
Safari states that the certificate for Find A Grave's website in invalid and that connecting to this website that is pretending to be “”, could put confidential information at risk.
Whomever is in charge of keeping your website updated probably needs to be more efficient. This is making it very hard to get anything done on this site anymore.
Thank you, Lynn
Added by Lynn on Jun 15, 2017 1:33 PM
J B Williams & T Slaydon Williams
All of the bio: for W.J. Lewis #96417197
memorial page is erased,
by contributor
Pat Berel #47164320,

There is over 4 years of research Gone!
All of what I did, research, adding information
to his page for our family, Gone!!

These memorial's I have had since 2012, and now in 2017, Pat Berel feels the need to change and erase my biographies and no credit to me as if I did nothing to the memorial at all.
Added by J B Williams & T Slaydon ... on Jun 13, 2017 5:04 PM
J B Williams & T Slaydon Williams
Would it be to much to ask you,

I would like to create memorial page's, for those three memorial's that were erased with their biographies and information that I had for each one.

((I even had my # for Find A Grave, my name,
which gave me credit at the end of each memorial))
Their are other memorial page's, which I fear she will erase if they are transferred to Pat Berel.
If she gets the memorial's that I have worked on, with my name, giving me credit, she will erase it.
All of my information will be erased.

Added by J B Williams & T Slaydon ... on Jun 13, 2017 4:09 PM
J B Williams & T Slaydon Williams
I had two memorial page's for my Great-Great-Grandfather and Great-Great-Grandmother Hardy Bryant Dees and Matilda Eddins Dees. I maintained those page's since 2012, so I decided to transfer them to one of the contributor's, which has since past away. Now.....Their memorial page's are maintained by Pat Berel....I spent the better part of over 2 years looking up information, getting their information together and put the Biography for both memorial page's all complete. Today I
go to their page's, both are completely all erased, all of the work I have for their page's GONE!!! The Find A Grave Contributor Pat Berel.
#47164320. The two memorial's she erased my Bio for both are,
#92932184 Hardy Bryant Dees,
#92932102 Matilda Eddins Dees,
I received both of these memorial's in 2012,
through the Family First policy of Find A Grave,
and had maintained those up until this year, and decided to transfer to another contributor,
where I knew our families information would be kept in good hands.

Contributor Pat Berel had no right to erase my information.
What am I to do when a Contributor does this for know reason? That is why I maintain these myself, for fear of someone erasing what I have looked up.
No contributor has the right to erase, what another has done for his or her family.That Contributor needs to be barred from Find A Grave, How do we know if she will erase other information. I am not doing this for someone to erase my information, that I spent countless hours, only to be erased. Russ, give those memorial's to me so I can maintain. I will report her on every turn, that will not work with me at all. I have other memorial's as well, who knows if she will erase those too.
I will not work on another memorial until something is done to ensure that the information on my memorial's are not erased. Let me know.

Somebody needs to do something.

Contributor's like Pat Berel, do not belong on here. I cannot believe she erased everything!
I don't appreciate it.
Just thought I would vent, I know there ain't nothing ya'll can do because she is a great great great great Great Contributor, yeah O.K.,
and gets away with anything and does what she wants on here. What a shame, a complete Shame. That is as low as you can go, in regards to a
Contributor erasing all the work and effort
that you put into these memorial's. What a shame. 2 years of information, are you freaking kidding me, that is unbelievable. I guess that's the normal, acceptable, and what is expected here at Find A Grave.

Hey I got an idea,
I can erase all of my work, so know one can erase what I have done. Like it wasn't there at all.

Added by J B Williams & T Slaydon ... on Jun 13, 2017 3:17 PM
Diane Vinson-Childers
Charlie Barger
Hi Russ,

How can I connect Charlie Barger to 2LT John Millis, Sr. Charlie saved John's life. I have seen memorial's linking men to their Military Peer's.

Re: Byron Testament, Columbus, Ohio. He was killed state side in a plane crash in Texas. Someone had linked all killed together. I thought that was neat.

John Sr. is at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland, Ky Boyd County. I am adding his citation's provided by Joe Bowman. He is somehow related to Charlie Barger. He is writing a book. I am trying to get a photo of him for Joe. He desparetly needs one.

Have a great day!

Added by Diane Vinson-Childers on Jun 13, 2017 1:52 PM
Bald Hill Cemetery Group
Bald Hill Cemetery Oklahoma
There are two Bald Hill cemeteries in Oklahoma 5 miles apart from each other there are pictures of Bald Hill Cemetery from 2008 that are keeping it from getting a new caretaker particularly a photo of the front gate of a sign asking for donations to be sent care of Miss Carlton to the Morris State Bank Miss Carlton is deceased and the bank account is Frozen because they have not been able to find any descendants
If you look for the Facebook group or page 4 Bald Hill Cemetery you will be able to see current Facebook live videos of the cemetery showing the state of disrepair that it is in
I am trying to rectify this but I am only one person alone
Please help
Added by Bald Hill Cemetery Group on Jun 12, 2017 6:07 PM
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