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Janet Muff (#46951416)
 member for 9 years, 10 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo Please remember that this website has grown thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better."
NOTE: If you send me an edit, please send a source for the information. If I don't receive a source, I will attempt to contact you. But if your contact information is blocked, then I will automatically delete the edit.
NOTE: Please do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
NOTE: Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and that's a very disturbing trend. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine.
OK, enough said. And now back to busines:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
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Anne Pratt Slatin
RE: Jeremiah Paul memorial
Hi, Janet,
You are right, it does look like 1857. The top of the numeral is flat.

I am so sorry I did not get to VT this summer to have lunch with you. My schedule was crazy and did not allow for any meaningful travel. Next year I shall make sure of a visit, and hope Alice will be with me.

Love to you,
Added by Anne Pratt Slatin on Sep 21, 2017 10:44 PM
RE: LLoyd P. Warren #34305698
This is the online obituary published in The Daily News, Batavia, New York.

Thanks for your quick response.
Added by jazzman717 on Sep 15, 2017 7:01 PM
Thank you for your input
Added by Sharon on Sep 15, 2017 6:56 PM
John Curtis Mem. #99641494
Dear Janet,

I just sent you a very important email re: John Curtis, Mem. #99641494. I will be submitting links links and edits regarding him.

Thank you.

Sharon Klima
Added by Sharon on Sep 15, 2017 3:52 PM
RE: Edit requests
As for Emily Griswold, Almeda Risley, I simply completed information already posted in the find a grave Obituary posted on their memorial pages. I have no relationship to them but have been working through the entire cemetery performing searches on for obituaries for the deceased within this cemetery. If I find new information that is missing I added it. If I find conflicting information I send it along to the memorial ownermaintainer. As for Catherine Kittie Belle Cole, she is my 1st cousin 2x removed, her father's obituary states the two eldest daughters were born in the Midwest. And with a misspelled last name here
family trees and 1930 census show her born in Wisconson. Her death date was obtained from NYS Death index here
Added by Gman8845 on Sep 11, 2017 1:01 AM
Alanne Turina
RE: Children of Charles Bertram Nichols
Welcome home, Janet. You live in the L.A. area? I live in Palm Springs, after 31 years in Orange County (Connecticut prior to that).
Added by Alanne Turina on Sep 10, 2017 9:48 AM
B.J. Waters
RE: Re: Florentine E. (Buxton) Hulett
Hi Janet. I don't think I have it in the form that I can easily send you. I have many old documents from doing research at the FHL before everything was put on the internet. My dad was raised by his grandparents Alvin and Flora Electa Hulett Waters. He told me Flora was named after her mother, Florentine Electa Buxton. And Florentine Buxton's mother's name was Electa Harrington. So that is the best I can do. If you want to just leave it as "E" then that's okay. It really doesn't matter because as far I am concerned, Find A Grave isn't the place I go to record my own family history, anyway. It's up to you.

I appreciate all of the memorials you have created for many of my paternal direct ancestors and other relations in Vermont. And also for the photos, which makes the memorials far more interesting!.

Best regards,

Added by B.J. Waters on Sep 10, 2017 9:12 AM
Alanne Turina
RE: Children of Charles Bertram Nichols
Thank you, Janet. I am very familiar with the area. I was born in Randolph and spent my early childhood in Rutland. We visited my grandparents (Charles and Mabel) many times over the years in Granville; and I went back for a nostalgia trip a few years ago, visiting the different homes they lived in and the cemetery. They actually spent their last few years in a small house in Wells, so that is familiar to me as well; and the family at one time had a cottage on Lake St. Catherine. Is your cottage there or on the Little Lake? I can understand why you enjoy what you do. I find it fascinating and now that I have started researching both sides of my family tree (although we already have a fairly extensive written history of the Rogers family) I have to pry myself away from the computer!
Added by Alanne Turina on Sep 06, 2017 5:25 PM
Laurie LaPage
James Grant photo
Thank you for the photo of James Grant gravestone in the DeKalb if I could only remember why I requested it!! He must be in one of the branches of my family tree! Thank you for all your Find A Grave volunteer work!! LLaPage
Added by Laurie LaPage on Sep 05, 2017 6:53 AM
Herbert Hatch
RE: Dorothy (Eayres) Flanders
I really don't know what to say. This is my dilemma. The Burlington (VT) Free Press has her obituary in its Friday, March 11, 1966 newspaper which says she died unexpectedly Thursday morning at her home. The obituary shows she lived in Lake Helen, Florida. Anyways, that is how I arrived at the March 10th date - from the March 11th newspaper. I don't see that I have access to the sources you quoted so I can't check that out but that is okay. I hope you don't mind my responding to your email. I appreciate hearing from you and am glad Find A Grave website allows conservation like this. I wish you well and thank you very much. Herb Hatch
Added by Herbert Hatch on Sep 04, 2017 7:12 PM
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