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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 6 years, 15 days
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Am currently about two weeks behind on Findagrave notices and emails. Edits are up to date.


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 April 2017--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,240 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,095 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
786 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
690 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
665 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
501 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
434 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
353 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
349 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
342 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
300 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
289 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
286 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
284 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
252 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
240 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
191 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
191 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
159 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
138 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
133 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
124 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
122 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
107 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
104 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 23,270.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 22,060.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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 • 8,263 Memorials Managed
 • 19 Memorials/Week
 • 1,504 Photos
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 • 22,075 Virtual Flowers
 • 144 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 2 Fame Ratings
 • 83 Sponsorships
 • 36 Friends
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Ancestors - America (U.S.... (333)
Ancestors - Canada (37)
Ancestors - Royalty, Nobi... (21)
Artault Family [La Prairi... (4)
Ashcraft Family [Gloucest... (278)
Austin Family [Dover, NH] (3)
Beckett Family [Glouceste... (416)
Bee Family [Gloucester Co... (64)
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Blackwell (Capt. Jacob, s... (40)
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (694)[Leave Message]
Linda Reeves
Berneice Clayton Canning
I have many memories of Berneice. We were college roommates at Glassboro State, now known as Rowan University. Over the years we had little contact. Visited the dairy farm once, attended her wedding to Bill, had dinner at the homestead and the next time I stopped the farm had been developed. We exchanged Christmas cards but no info. It was months after her death before I learned she had died. I obtained bits and pieces concerning her illness and could not locate Mrs.Clayton or Bill. Still wondering and always remembering Berneice.
Added by Linda Reeves on Jul 19, 2017 11:47 AM
Scott Balyer
Hey Joe,
Just wanted to say hi and hope all is well and that you're summer is going along nicely.
Added by Scott Balyer on Jul 17, 2017 6:29 AM
debbie hamilton
RE: Rachel Sexton at Jacobstown Baptist
All fixed
Added by debbie hamilton on Jul 15, 2017 8:38 AM
RE: FAG# 149543522 Elisabeth Furman Hughes
Thank you, Joe.
Added by Linda on Jul 10, 2017 2:12 PM
Julia Emerson
James Emerson Pullen
Hi, Mr. Klett, You were kind enough to leave a note for James Emerson Pullen (1855-1929, buried in Alexandria, Louisiana.) Your note included a memorial to him as your "cousin".
I'm also related to James Emerson Pullen, so my interest was piqued. May I ask how you are related to him? I'm a beginner at this, but have really enjoyed tripping across Findagrave.
Julia Emerson
Added by Julia Emerson on Jul 09, 2017 8:51 PM
Jo Peterson
Dutch Neck
99 percent done with Dutch Neck. Still looking for 22 entries that have no photos and 23 entries that have photos that I didn't see at first try.


Added by Jo Peterson on Jul 05, 2017 2:58 PM
Jo Peterson
RE: Elizabeth Rogers at Dutch Neck
Hope to go to Overlook and Old Broad Street cemeteries in Bridgeton later on in July. Was to go tomorrow but the weather is cancelling that. Hope to look for your photo requests and some of my relatives. Also going to Fernwood cemetery near Shiloh.
Added by Jo Peterson on Jul 05, 2017 2:55 PM
Lynn Humphrey
My brother is turning 75 this year and I am putting together a book of family history for him

Our mother was Helen Ivins Cleary
She was raised by her Grandfather, Moses Thomas Ivins June 30 or 31, 1873April 29, 1934
who Married Bedelia Elizabeth Smith Ivins on September 28, 1896

I have so much information and thanks to you much more !!

would love to conversate with you

Lynn H
Added by Lynn Humphrey on Jul 04, 2017 12:55 PM
Theresa Williams
The Sigurnjaks were dear friends of my parents Ewald and Florence Sukkert. I remember them by our house almost every week or by their house many times. I even remember some pretty awesome New Year's Eve parties in their basement. And their garden was always amazing. I loved their dog little Jamie too. I was so sad when I found out how poor johnny died. I Have transferred their memorials over to you and look forward to all that you can add. Best Wishes! Terry
Added by Theresa Williams on Jul 03, 2017 1:56 PM
Elissa Williams
Find A Grave Memorial# 104486138
There is a duplicate memorial Find A Grave Memorial# 179192732
Added by Elissa Williams on Jul 02, 2017 8:57 PM
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