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Deborah Rudy (#47416386)
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Bio Photo I watched my aunt spend decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's so easy now to do ancestor research online. And so easy to make errors by clicking someone else's unproven data!

I've been tracing my very challenging paternal line. They traveled from northern Switzerland to PA in the early 1700's and their records and graves are well hidden.

I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo. So I am adding as many headstone photos and bios as I can to already posted, name/date only memorials from cemeteries in my hometown from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's.

I work from actual headstones, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, town records, historical county records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records and Federal mortality schedules. Every fact for any photo or memorial I post has been researched.

If you send me an edit, please cite the source of the edit information.

On the new memorials that I post, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of local headstones.

If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding my long lost PA. Shaffer, pre-1824, kinfolk, their first names, and their burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.

Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve the past.
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Dennis Brandt
John Bricker photo
Thank you!
Added by Dennis Brandt on Apr 07, 2017 5:48 AM
Barbara Grant Fox
Nettie (Ward) Smith
Hi Deborah,

I do not have your email address so am leaving a public message for you on Find a Grave. Nettie Ward married first Virgil Smith who was the son of David and Aurilla (Brown) Smith. The photo of her on the web was taken in 1912 in Wyandot County, Ohio at a Brown Reunion. It is the Brown Family that I have been researching. I have no more information on William Washington Davidson other than they were only married a year before he died. As for Leigh Smith, he was divorced from Ruth Tuttle and married second Ruth Akers Ford. Thanks so much for reaching out.

Barbara (Grant) Fox
Added by Barbara Grant Fox on Mar 01, 2017 6:26 PM
Michael Livingston
George Livingston
Thanks for trying! And thanks for the explanation. Mike Anchorage, Alaska 14 degrees... fresh foot of snow on the ground.
Added by Michael Livingston on Jan 23, 2017 8:04 PM
Bruce Sonner
Benjamin Garmin

Thank you for all of the effort that you took in trying to find Benjamin Garmin. I set up the memorial referencing a death certificate. There must have been a change! I appreciate all you have done!

best regards!
Bruce Sonner
Added by Bruce Sonner on Jan 18, 2017 7:50 PM
Benj. Garman of Dauphin
Thanks for pointing the cemetery change, Deborah. He is now resting in Dauphin Cemetery.
Added by Sue on Jan 18, 2017 7:27 PM
re: John W BROWN
Greetings, re: finding John W BROWN
Thanks for your message - I looked thru old newspapers again, found two obits/ death notices, one reading bur: Dauphin Cem, 2nd: using the old name you mentioned, Sunnyside Cem, Dauphin.
So, ... no stone was ever placed for him??
Looked briefly for something on his widow, Carrie, with no results.
At any rate, I made a note on his memorial, as to no stone found.

re: --general problem they reported is:
- His death cert says he is bur in Dauphin cem (formerly called Sunnyside) but no headstone can be found for him there. The local hist soc trans the entire cem in 1996 & did not list him in their document, as they found no marker for him. Nor can I.

Link to memorial page for John Brown:
Added by Caral on Jan 17, 2017 7:01 PM
RE: Gloria Blanche

Blanche is right next to Leroy Frost # 22998396. According to his info, he was married in Aug 1930. Which makes the timing reasonable for an Infant death but I did not link them together.

Added by Jim on Aug 10, 2016 4:30 PM
RE: Mary Shoop
Dear Deborah,

Thank you for your interest in Mary Alice [Geiger] Creswell/Shoop. Lots of names in there so I understand your request. Her obituary is posted on “On Wednesday evening at her late residence, Mrs. Alice Shoop, nee Geiger, wife of G.W. Shoop Jr., died from paralysis at the age of 52 years. Mrs. Shoop leaves besides her husband, three daughters and one son by a former husband, Michael Criswell, Mrs. Frank Kreiser, Mrs. John Smith and Maggie and William Criswell. In February, 1901, Mrs. Criswell was married to George W. Shoop, Jr. The funeral…” Further the death certificates of her first husband, two daughters (Harriet Eleanor and Hattie May), and her son (William G.- probably Geiger, not yet verified) refer to (Mary) Alice Geiger and Michael Criswell/Creswell/Cresswell. The spelling of the last name varies across documents/graves/censuses. Census data from 1860 and 1870 show her name as Mary Geiger and in 1880 Mary A. Creswell. her parents were William Geiger (1815-1887) and Harriet Eleanor [Felty] Geiger (1836-1867). Her mother and daughter were both named Harriet Eleanor and often referred to as Ellen. Hope this is useful. All the best, Julie

P.S. I am a Geiger ancestor going back to Dauphin County and am tracing this family line, but records are sketchy. Probably many were destroyed during floods of the Susquehanna.
Added by Julie on Aug 04, 2016 11:33 PM
RE: St Albans

For the St Albans Village & Maloon entries, I use, first of all, the stones themselves as the prime source and then the PDF files St Albans has online. Any differences and the stone data is used. Missing data only comes from the PDF's.

Any changes you need to do is okay with me as long as it agrees with the headstone data.

Yes, I have seen typo's and missing info.

I am sorry to create so many changes but with a digital camera, I just take all the stones in a cemetery and sort them out at my leisure making change request as needed. I have about 100 left to process from my last outing.


Added by Jim on Aug 03, 2016 6:56 PM
RE: Bretz-Henry
Regarding the link between Amanda (Henrie) Bretz and her parents, Samuel and Catherine (Williamson) Henry. In the memories section of Amanda Henry’s page on LHD1-38R are copies of two documents linking her to Samuel and Catherine Henry. The 1840 census also shows the John Bretz (father of Daniel) family living very close to the Samuel Henry family. Death certificates of a couple of her children also confirm that Amanda’s maiden name was Henry. Thank you for asking for documentation.
Added by CarrieVirginia on Jun 11, 2016 1:55 PM
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