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J B (#47371983)
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Bio Photo In tracing my own family tree I have taken several photos of my family gravestones. I recently revisited an old cemetery and found that one of the stones I needed a re-take of, due to an annoying shadow, was now buried under grass and barely locatable(in only 2 years!). That experience has inspired me and I encourage others to seek out cemeteries in your area and add memorials and PHOTOS, especially for those vulnerable and deteriorating stones that may not be there much longer.
I am gladly volunteering my efforts to help others find their family graves as several Find A Grave volunteer contributors have helped me. Therefore, I grant permission to save a copy of any of my photos posted on for your personal use in your database or your personal on-line tree. In addition, I will gladly transfer management of a memorial(unless they are part of my family tree) per Find A Grave guidelines. -Judi
If you choose to be a PHOTO VOLUNTEER: Please consider posting only photos you would be proud to have in your own family archives. The stone photos we post may be the only one family members will ever have the chance to view so it is very important the stone photo be the truest and most complete representation possible. (Not intending to lecture just to guide because I have noticed a prolific photographer in my current location in Illinois posting unnaturally colored photos of stones that look coated with oil and I feel that is extremely disrepectful.)
Important quality checks:
-Inscription is READABLE (may need to re-try at different sun angles/times of day when the lettering may suddenly pop into view)
-TRUE COLOR, avoid camera settings which cause over saturation which makes the stone an unnatural electric blue or shocking pink tone.
-SHOWS the ENTIRE front of the stone (shape and design are both important to see). An additional close-up photo for small or harder to read inscriptions may be helpful.
-YOUR REFLECTION is NOT SHOWING in the stone. (Glossy surface stones may need to be taken from an angle or on a cloudy day so as not to have a mirror effect capturing the photographer in the inscription.)

Sometimes photographing a stone can be tricky and we just have to do the best we can especially for the weathered stones, stones facing north, and flat markers that tend to collect mud and grass, but we DO have control over color, clarity, and cropping. If you don't have a quality photo please don't post it so the limited space can remain open for another photographer that may have better luck with lighting and focus. I try to follow these guidelines myself, but if you have a better photograph of one of the stones I have posted please contact me so space can be freed up for family photos.
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Ruthie Eckert Cacchione
St. Matthew's Cemetery, Wall Rose
Judi, First, I'd like to publicly express my sincere appreciation for the endless hours of work you have put into documenting this small cemetery. Without your dedication, I doubt would have found my Eisenhut, Eckert and Heil ancestors located there. You are an inspiration.

Second, would you mind send me your personal email address to I found some information on this cemetery from a 2014 visit to the Beaver County genealogy room that may interest you. I apologize for not sharing it earlier. Thanks again, Ruthie Eckert Cacchione
Added by Ruthie Eckert Cacchione on Feb 18, 2017 2:52 PM
J. Edward Ross
Westfall 82265058
The memorial is correctly linked to Ft Sheridan Post Cemetery. You can upload your photo.

Thanks, for the heads-up,

Ed Ross

Added by J. Edward Ross on Feb 12, 2017 8:29 AM
My family at Ft. Sheridan
Hi J.B.

It makes me smile that your initials, J.B., are what my dad used to call my son.

Ten years ago, my husband and I buried our son at Ft. Sheridan. 16963999 Jack Bernard Valentine Sec 15 Row D Site 237.

Last year, I buried my husband next to our son. 144257623 David Jack Valentine Section 15 Row D Site 236B.

On Monday of this week, my family put my mom to rest on the other side of my son. 173841633 Helen Margaret Sands DeVries. I'm not sure of the actual plot number yet.

Some day, my dad will be buried with Mom, and I'll be buried with my husband.

As I'm sure you know, it's kind of a miracle that we were able to get them all next to each other. I was hoping to get my parents in the same section; now, Mom is right next to Jack and Dad will be there someday (a few years from now, I hope!). Dad will be 91 at the end of December.

I don't know that you're interested in all this. I just know you frequent Ft. Sheridan.

Happy graving!

Added by CVal on Dec 21, 2016 5:07 PM
Samuel Whitney
Thank you SO much, Judi - the photo is great and I appreciate your help very much! Cheers~ Shirleen
Added by history4sure on Dec 11, 2016 11:34 PM
Samuel Whitney
Judi: Thank you for finding Samuel's stone and for your kindness in giving me the opportunity of moving my memorial to where you found the marker.
This is my family and I had used family historical records, which indicated he was buried at the other cemetery.
These old burials are quite the thing to figure out - I doubt that he was moved.

Again, thank you so much for helping me - I appreciate your adding the grave marker photo; it is a precious bit of history! I am old, and not so good at photographs; but if I can ever help with pedigree research for you, please contact me. Cheers~ Shirleen (history4sure)
Added by history4sure on Dec 11, 2016 11:48 AM
Laverne Fick
Thank you for your efforts, and quick response.
Great pictures.
Added by ROK on Nov 19, 2016 5:12 PM
Carole Freer McKinney
Frank & Elizabeth Heathman
Thanks very much for the super picture of my cousin and his wife. It has helped me to clear up some of the confusion in my records.
Added by Carole Freer McKinney on Nov 03, 2016 9:34 AM
Rene Breadner
Bayer- Stewart
Thank you so much for sending this message on their grave stones
Added by Rene Breadner on Oct 12, 2016 8:33 AM
Travelin ❧ Ancestors
Babbitt Family Transfers
Hi JB,
Thank you so much for the transfers! I will take great care of their memorials!

God Bless You,
Deb McKee
Added by Travelin ❧ Ancesto... on Sep 27, 2016 5:29 AM
Leslie Vollnogle
Thank you for transferring Johann and Friedrich Schindler's memorials. I will be sharing this info with several of Johann Schindler's descendants. They will be thrilled. Thanks for your help.
Added by Leslie Vollnogle on Sep 22, 2016 2:51 PM
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