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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 15 days
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Am currently working on emails and Find A Grave notifications from 10 March. Please be patient--I promise I will get to them all!


I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.

I manage Find A Grave accounts as a volunteer for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer, Carol Foss, and Leigh Miller in particular.

My Find-A-Grave Philosophy

We are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.

Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.

Graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.

I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.

Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?

Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. (I have submitted over 6,300 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated much of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.

Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data. Generally, I do not submit vital dates/places unless the current information in the memorial is incorrect or insufficient.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built over 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. There are over 130 more at my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of our ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Regarding transfer, if you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to pass the memorial along to you if you will explain your connection.

If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.

If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)

My Favorite Cemeteries

Some statistics as of January 2016--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,065 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,043 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
770 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
623 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
468 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
362 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
337 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
322 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
283 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
256 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
251 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
248 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
210 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
173 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
164 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
123 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
123 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
105 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,940.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 19,640.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Ancestors - America (U.S.... (311)
Ancestors - Canada (34)
Ancestors - Royalty, Nobi... (21)
Ashcraft Family [Gloucest... (278)
Austin Family [Dover, NH] (3)
Beckett Family [Glouceste... (416)
Bee Family [Gloucester Co... (64)
Blackwell (Benjamin, son ... (338)
Blackwell (Capt. Jacob, s... (26)
Blackwell (Francis) Famil... (344)
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Athanatos , Bill McCrea, Carol Foss, Cindy Clark, Clara McIver, Daisy B, Dawn D., First Pres Chur..., Graves, jenny, Jessi-Schnittch..., Jill_R, Judy Ryan, KAREN LOVY, Larry Krueger, Leigh Miller, Lizann, lulu, Mary Ann Missim..., Mary Harrell-Se..., [View all Find A Grave Friends...]
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Kathleen Rabeau
Vernon Lynn Wheeler
Vernon Lynn Wheeler's wife was my grandmothers Isabelle Edith Baums daughters step mother. Step mother was Grace Sharp. Married Jennie Sharp in 1946. Trying to find Jennie if still alive to see if she knew what happened to Grace Sharp from Jennies dads second marriage in 1932 to Russell Sharp. Can't locate her after 1938. Heard Jennie had two step sisters by her dads second marriage a Pasty Sharp and a Illabelle Sharp. Can't find them in Ancestry. Can you help. I don't know if Grace Sharp divorced or remarried and is under different name. Thank you, Kathleen
Added by Kathleen Rabeau on Mar 23, 2017 9:19 AM
RE: Astbury
Thrilled that you found them! Gonna print them out for my sons baby book. So glad I decided to try to connect everyone.
Added by Roselvr on Mar 14, 2017 7:28 AM
RE: Astbury
Thanks so much Joe
Added by Roselvr on Mar 13, 2017 5:43 PM
Mark Morrow
Sellers Memorials
Dear Joe Klett,

The Sellers Memorials were originated by Dave Davidson, you can see his name at the bottom of the pages. I added the research citations that conflict with information he had on their Memorials. I do not know what his sources were, but do not want to change what he posted until information can be verified. More documentation is necessary to determine which data is correct.
Added by Mark Morrow on Mar 13, 2017 7:56 AM
Phil Bailey
Hannah L Newbern Faust...
You are most welcome for the transfer. Best regards!
Added by Phil Bailey on Mar 10, 2017 2:59 PM
c d
Mount Family

Transferred all the Mounts listed on headstone to you. THANK YOU for all the work you have done on this site, and in NJ.

Added by c d on Mar 05, 2017 9:04 AM
c d
Mount Family
Hi Joe,

I corrected the dates for Eudora. When I can't find information on monuments I look online for the information, so thank you for the correct years. Would you like me to transfer the Mount Family to you?

Added by c d on Mar 03, 2017 7:34 AM
Jill Hurley
RE: Mary T. Glover Mount at Haddonfield Baptis
It was my pleasure, Joe. I'm glad I could help you out.
Added by Jill Hurley on Mar 03, 2017 4:11 AM
Tim Lockwood
Just wanted to say thank you for all that you do.
Prayers to you and your family.
Tim Lockwood
Added by Tim Lockwood on Mar 01, 2017 6:07 PM
I went to do edits on the Astburys the other day; it says someone already did them. Do you remember when you did them? They haven't been put thru for some reason. All of the ones I did went thru quickly. I'd really like to see them to see what else needs to be added such as when they were married.
Added by Roselvr on Feb 26, 2017 1:56 PM
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