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Hank Gillette (#47268721)
 member for 7 years, 2 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo Since I developed an interest in finding my roots, Find A Grave has been a great resource. If more people would connect family links when possible, it would be even better.

One of my grandfathers was born in Tonawanda, NY. His father emigrated to NY from Germany in 1881, married a German-American woman, and lived in a house on the bank of the Erie Canal.

My other grandparents were born in Florida, with their ancestors moving south into Georgia and Florida from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

I am interested in the names Gillett(e), Licht, Brantley, and Page. Also, I have interest in related families that the Gillett(e)s married into, such as Boston, Richards, and Stewart.

Notable ancestors (not necessarily famous):

James Alderman
James Harris Brantley
Daniel Gillett
Charles Wesley Hendry
Herman Charles Licht
Marion Washington Page

If you are a relative of a memorial I am maintaining, I will be happy to transfer maintenance to you if you are more closely related than I am.

When I take photos of grave markers, I don't try anything fancy. I go for maximum readability of the inscriptions. Sometimes this means manipulating the picture in Photoshop, leaving the marker lighter or darker than it actually is.

You are welcome to use my photos of markers for any non-commercial purpose, such as personal family trees, or posting on and similar sites. I can usually provide a higher resolution copy should you need one.

P.S. I was recently contacted by someone who had public messages disabled and did not have a pubic email address. How was I supposed to reply to them? If you contact me and want a response, please provide a way to contact you.
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Messages left for Hank Gillette (88)[Leave Message]
RE: James Taylor
That was so sweet. Thank you so much! We love what we do - and it can be a lot of work, but it's so rewarding to help others out. The photo you added to Mr. Taylor's memorial page was great. I can see why you wanted to have it on his memorial page. It seems like he was a very interesting man and lived a very fulfilling life.
Take care.
Paula and Doug
Added by Ancestry/searcher on Apr 23, 2017 12:45 PM
RE: James Taylor
Hi Hank, No problem. I deleted the photo of the section marker this morning. It definitely was the one to delete - and the new picture of Mr. Taylor is so nice....what a sweet man!
Have a great day.
Paula and Doug
Added by Ancestry/searcher on Apr 19, 2017 6:07 AM
DE Sundeen
RE: Friendly Message
Sorry Hank, one more thing.

If a relative has created a burial unknown memorial, and another person has actually found the gravesite or records and created a memorial, that results in duplicates.

What do you think is the ideal resolution? A relative has not followed Findagrave policy concocting his memorial. Another member has documented actual proof of burial. Who's memorial gets deleted? Whose memorial do you want to find?

No one wants their memorial deleted. No one. Someone is going to feel angry and "unappreciated." The policy is there for a reason.

Added by DE Sundeen on Apr 09, 2017 1:13 PM
DE Sundeen
RE: Friendly Message
Hi Hank,

Thank you for writing. I have a passion for genealogy and spend hours every day doing it.

At my age, I have strong opinions, however I don't demand everyone share them. It's a big world, there is room for everyone.

I know members create "burial unknown" memorials for their loved ones, to "link" to others in their family tree. There are also a gaggle of people creating memorials from obituaries with no regard for where that person is buried (nor who she/he was as a person).

There are dozens of sites on the internet for doing family trees. However, Findagrave is for documenting and cataloging graves not for creating family trees. Findagrave is instrumental in helping family members find unknown dates of deaths, links to other relatives, etc. Sadly, some family researchers are kinda sloppy. They often accept information without documenting it. Or mistaking this "Mary Smith" for their relative "Mary Smith." Do you really want memorials created from possibly questionable research?

My point, and the policy of Findagrave, is just because a burial is unknown to you (the family researcher) does not mean it's an actual unknown burial; one lost to time, situation and documentation. In MOST cases, family created burial unknown memorials are unknown because the creator just hasn't even looked. Billions of records are available on the Internet. Cemetery records are often maintained by county historical societies if the cemetery does not, itself, maintain an online database. What's not already online might be found by phoning family members, or cemetery sextons, or visiting the cemetery itself. If the researcher doesn't have the ambition to do anything to find the actual grave, they have no right, in my opinion, to create a memorial. Leave that to someone who will actually document that cemetery.

However, bottom line, what others do is their own business. I am not here to police other people's memorials. However, if they want to link to my memorials, I can assert my option whether or not to link to it. There are bonafide memorials where the grave of that person will likely never be found.

Findagrave is progressing, evolving, promising a new version of itself. When that is implemented, most burial unknowns, not resolved within 30 days, will be eliminated.

For the past few months I have been documenting a large local cemetery. While researching one of the families, I discovered some "burial unknowns" for the same family. The creator had made nearly 1000 memorials, curious, I looked at the first 120 of them, except for 13, they were all burial unknown. In my opinion, that is an abuse of the system. But as I say, I'm not here to police other members.

I agree, all our deceased loved ones should be remembered; Findagrave is not for that. Many years ago on the Findagrave forums, I brought up that very subject, suggesting some special category or designation. It was unacceptable to admin. I do not run Findagrave but as a member, I will abide by it's policies.

I apologize for being so long winded; listing many points of this debate.

I'll leave the debate about non-contactable people to another time. haha.

Best wishes to you.

Added by DE Sundeen on Apr 09, 2017 12:18 PM
RE: Sanford J. Gillette
Photos have been posted
Added by Gennaphyr on Feb 04, 2017 3:56 PM
RE: Sanford J. Gillette
Not a problem! The spelling of names has sometimes been left up to the person writing it like the census taker. This can explain a lot of variations in some cases. I have requested a photo of his marker and it should show the spelling as it appears on his marker. In my family's case they didn't want to be German after WWII here in America so they changed the spelling. Unfortunately not everyone got the memo!
Added by Gennaphyr on Feb 01, 2017 2:19 PM
Sanford J Gillette
Hi- I received your edit to change the spelling of his last name but even you spelled it Gillette as the caption for the photo you posted. Please share your source for the edit.
Added by Gennaphyr on Feb 01, 2017 1:14 PM
Vicki Parrish Parrott
RE: Daniel Gillett
After a quick check it looks like I'm not related to the Gillett's only by distant marriage.
Added by Vicki Parrish Parrott on Jan 31, 2017 5:11 PM
Vicki Parrish Parrott
RE: Daniel Gillett
Hi again!
I have a tree on Ancestry with more info on Daniel Gillett.
Added by Vicki Parrish Parrott on Jan 31, 2017 1:19 PM
Vicki Parrish Parrott
RE: Daniel Gillett
I re posted the picture hope this helps.
Added by Vicki Parrish Parrott on Jan 31, 2017 1:17 PM
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