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Lisa Burks (#46590262)
 member for 16 years, 7 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo Hi there! I create memorials to remember the dead and to help folks connect with the memories of loved ones. Final disposition is the last chapter of anyone's story, an important element of genealogy.

TRANSFERS: Have I created a memorial that you'd like to manage? Let me know, I'm happy to transfer any pages except for my immediate family.

PHOTOS: Please feel free to use any photos that I've posted for your own genealogy research and family trees, etc. For commercial use please send me a release form. Thank you! :)


In late June 2014, I moved back to Michigan from California to be my Mom's primary caregiver; she is a stroke survivor and we are currently navigating the world of dementia. While here I have been enjoying "Find A Graving" at nearby cemeteries in White Lake, Highland and Milford. My go to resource for researching older graves are the township cemetery transcripts published by the Oakland County Genealogical Society, invaluable field guides. Thank you OCGS!


I appreciate all the flowers people have left for my beloved Dad! Thank you! :) December 10, 2017 will be his 33rd Angel Day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He was a wonderful person and parent.


ABOUT MY INTEREST IN CEMETERIES: I've been drawn to cemeteries for as long as I can remember, having often played among the old tombstones at Oxbow Lakeside Cemetery while growing up in White Lake, Michigan.

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 I began exploring celebrity graves as a hobby and along the way have been just as moved by the neighboring "civilian" headstones that surround and outnumber them. I met like-minded grave hunters when The Hollywood Underground Yahoo group was formed in 1998.

I ran the website from 2007-2015 in order to keep the public informed about the ongoing closure/lawsuit story happening there in Glendale, Calif. The cemetery is now under new ownership and I am focusing on chronicling its 100+ year history.

Volunteers still work on updating the Grand View FindAGrave page and fulfilling photo requests.

Adventures in Grave Hunting is my cemetery-related blog. I haven't updated it in a while but the archives of old stories go back several years. I have a huge backlog of interesting stories just waiting to be told when I have more free time.

My first contribution to Find A Grave was in August 2000, in honor of my grave hunting buddy Denis Svoboda.

I collect vintage photographs of grave markers and of people posing in cemeteries, wondering about the stories behind the snapshots. I like to match them with Find A Grave memorials that are already online, virtually reuniting loved ones whose pictures somehow ended up for sale here and there. See the evolving results here.
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Cheyne Farrell
Thank you
Thanks so much for the lovely picture of William Kinney's headstone. I appreciate it!

Cheyne Farrell
Added by Cheyne Farrell on Mar 21, 2017 9:36 AM
Carol Ciaramitaro
Jay & Mary Stockwell
Just want to say Thank You for taking your precious time to fulfill my photo requests. I appreciate your time & efforts very much.

Have a great day,
Added by Carol Ciaramitaro on Mar 14, 2017 10:24 AM
Gordon Franklin Wyrick Jr.
Thanks for the photo and support.
Added by mackdon on Mar 12, 2017 9:38 PM
Thank you so much for posting the photo of Tamer Cole. Have a great day !!
Added by gardengirl on Mar 07, 2017 5:24 PM
headstone photos @ West Highland
Hi Lisa - If you happen to take a photo which is crisper or clearer than one I have on a profile, please feel free to add your photo also, especially to the older headstones which are fading away. I like to see multiple photos on these precious stones while they are still available.
Added by Marguerite on Mar 07, 2017 8:15 AM
Thank You @ West Highland
Hi Lisa - I much appreciate your interest and the new headstone photos you have added, especially the old one enhancing the profiles. Love your work and your story in your own personal bio. I also have a 97-yr-old Aunt with dementia so I offer my support on your care & devotion. Take Special Care and Enjoy Your Walks as Spring draws closer.
Added by Marguerite on Mar 07, 2017 7:40 AM
Laura Yancey
Thanks for Roy's photo!
Added by Laura Yancey on Mar 04, 2017 7:49 PM
Thank you so much for posting the photos of Mindwell and Eli Lee. Have a great day !!
Added by gardengirl on Feb 18, 2017 7:07 PM
C. Krueger
Winterhalter Family Transfers
Thank you so much Lisa. I appreciate all the hard work you did on this family. I am aware as you mentioned about Anna Winterhalter possibly not being Martin's mother. Am searching for records about her. I remember seeing that she did come to America with her family including Martin who was very young. Will keep trying to solve the mystery.
I appreciate your dedication to findagrave. Carolyn
Added by C. Krueger on Feb 17, 2017 3:20 PM
Yankee Magnolia
Della Ruth
Thank you for the edits and obituary for Della Ruth. I have added the obituary to her memorial.
Added by Yankee Magnolia on Feb 16, 2017 11:46 AM
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