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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 13 days
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Am currently working on emails and Find A Grave notifications from 15 January. 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 - British Isles (42)
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (640)[Leave Message]
Chambers-Calhoun Bible
Hi Joe,
Your email address did not work.

Added by Jeannieology on Feb 13, 2017 2:38 PM
Diane Hurst
RE: Howard Floyd Titus
I've posted Howard's obituary to his memorial page. Let me know if you'd like me to delete it once you've verified the info.
Added by Diane Hurst on Feb 12, 2017 7:10 PM
Phil Bailey
Hannah L Newbern Faust...
Transfer made and sorry for the delay.
Added by Phil Bailey on Feb 10, 2017 6:32 AM
Christie Heine
Bainbridge family
Hello, I wanted to see if you are related to the Bainbridge family from the Mercer County, NJ area?
Added by Christie Heine on Feb 08, 2017 1:08 PM
Lee Price
RE: Isaac and James Pullen
Hello Joe,

I was so happy to see your reply today, and, at the same time, very abashed that I hadn't checked for your message sooner.

I don't remember whether I mentioned in my earlier message, that James Emerson Pullen (ca 1855 - 7/10/1829) had an older brother named Francis Stirling Pullen. I have a copy of his death certificate if you would like a copy.

My email is Despite my delay in responding to your message, I look forward to hearing from you.



Added by Lee Price on Feb 06, 2017 12:05 PM
Daisy B
Harker #171326020
I've just transferred the Harker memorial to you. Please let me know if there are any others I can transfer. I have no relatives at Eglington Cemetery, I just live nearby and have been trying to document the older graves there. Good luck with your research!
Added by Daisy B on Jan 31, 2017 6:53 AM
RE: Henry Freeman, III
Thank you Joe, I appreciate your response in any time frame. Any information is a help to me.
Amazingly today in the mail I recieved a document for my grandfather, William Freeman's first marriage and there stampped on the back was your name! Of course, I had seen it before on the back of documents because I have purchased many but never realized you were the same person whose name I saw on many of my ancestors memorials (My maiden name is Freeman)
Thanks for your help, Cousin
Kate Freeman Hare
Added by KPH on Jan 30, 2017 6:15 PM
Adele Shepard
Stout, Pleis(s), Garrison families
Hello, Joseph! I have read most of your public messages and contacted a man who left one, and we are related. Perhaps you & I are also, through the above named families. Although I am a member of Findagrave, have not yet actually made corrections.At first I was wrong about Eli Garrison, published information left out info about his siblings. All is in place and seems correct in that regard. More answers are needed and I am emailing people met by family tree is related twice over through both sets of gr.parents! Some of that connection seems to be also in your this possibly our connection? I find that your son's message board is not open and I will soon be looking up European forebears when DNA results come in. Thank you for your conscientous devotion to families. Good-bye for now. Adele
Added by Adele Shepard on Jan 27, 2017 8:31 AM
Theresa Cloud Dancer Buchanan
RE: William F. Holcombe (50052614)
Thank you. I will correct my records also. :)
Added by Theresa Cloud Dancer Buch... on Jan 25, 2017 3:16 AM
David Chambers ..Your cousin.. Memorial# 50057858
Awesome find! I found a bible with the Chambers genealogy info in it! The bible also has Calhoun listed. Wow!

Added by Jeannieology on Jan 12, 2017 2:43 PM
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