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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 10 months, 20 days
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I am glad to report that I am finally caught up with edits, Find A Grave notices, and emails!


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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How do you fit in? Send me an email
Added by LT on May 23, 2017 6:57 PM
Joe Eckols
Joseph Reginald Pierson, Jr - 179629720
I have created a memorial for Mr. Pierson. Based on the memorial for his first wife, Barbara, I have placed burial at Highland. I can not confirm that at this time. There is a grave marker there for him as seen on her memorial. Since you maintain her memorial, I would be happy to transfer this memorial to you. Best wishes, joe
Added by Joe Eckols on May 23, 2017 4:57 PM
Sarah Thompson
RE: Michael and Elizabeth Arnold (West Laurel Hill)
Thanks for the update. Good to know it got it straightened out and that you were able to preserve the bio info. Happy I could help out. Best wishes.
Added by Sarah Thompson on May 16, 2017 2:56 AM
R Frech
RE: Family History
Thank you!
Added by R Frech on May 03, 2017 6:53 AM
R Frech
Family History
Good afternoon:
I understand you are the "go-to man" for Henry C. Laning ancestry. I am trying to fill in gaps on the Evans/Ford/Reed/Laning history. Any information you can give me is really appreciated. Thank you! Sincerely, Rootie
Added by R Frech on Apr 30, 2017 12:57 PM
Jacqueline Thomas
two questions re Benjamin Hart, Sr.'s info
1) Why is Samuel Hart mentioned in the text second paragraph as a brother, but not listed as a sibling under Family Links?

2) Why is there no Benjamin Hart, Jr. listed under Children?

I am researching my Hart family history and have definitively linked to a James Newton Hart, son of Benjamin Hart, Jr. and Benjamin Hart, Sr., but am trying to identify the correct Benjamin Hart Jr. and Sr., as there were evidently many of them during the period in question.

Thank you,
J Hart Thomas
Added by Jacqueline Thomas on Apr 21, 2017 4:16 PM
Bruce Varcoe
Edwin George EASTMAN 1833-1872

Just wondering what your connection is to Edwin George EASTMAN who is buried in Hallowell, Maine.He is my ancestor. You probably know he was US Consul in Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland from 1863-1869 appointed by good ol honest Abe LINCOLN. All three of his daughters were born in Queenstown and married Canadians.


(formerly of Toronto,Ontario,Canada)
Added by Bruce Varcoe on Apr 07, 2017 1:31 AM
Stacey Fahey
Company H 21 Regiment
Hi Joseph,
We do a lot of similar research... I was researching my Mathews family and noticed that Warren G. Mathews (1842-1917) served with this company but is not included on your list. Thought you might like to know:)
Added by Stacey Fahey on Apr 06, 2017 4:08 PM
Betty Sobotka
Hart Cromwell

I originally had Hart Cromwell in Titusville Cemetery in 2003. When I found out that he was moved I listed him in Highland Cemetery where he was moved to. I removed him from Titusville Cemetery and then someone else put him back there. I feel he should be listed in Highland Cemetery where he is now buried.

Added by Betty Sobotka on Mar 31, 2017 5:50 PM
Susan Powers Bourne
RE: Annie Daniel
Hi Joe:

Haven't figured out how to leave a private message but public's okay with me.

I found info on Anne Sturges Daniel on pp. 429-230 in Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 3, Radcliffe College.

I'll leave the birth date up to you. I've seen Annie's birth listed as 1856, 1857, 1858, and even 'estimated' as 1860 in one US Census.

If you ever find a copy of her birth certificate, I'd be interested to see what it says. I'm not related to Annie or Jessie by blood that I know of, but I do honor their lives and works.

Thanks again for being in touch.

Susan Powers Bourne
Added by Susan Powers Bourne on Mar 30, 2017 7:47 AM
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