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Marianne (#47147246)
 member for 10 years, 8 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo First-I am not an obituary chaser and the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated ,so with these facts in mind- Remember,"Genealogy Without Documentation is Mythology";
"If You Can't Prove It,Don't Claim It As Fact"
and don't forget our Grandmas favorite euphemisms..."Saying,Thank You,Opens Many Unexpected Doors." and "When you have standards, morals and ethics, you create enemies sometimes."
After the great age of using only pen,paper,stamps & libraries to do research work,I discovered the INTERNET & started working online as a local volunteer with the original "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness/RAOGK" website operated by Doc & Bridget Schneider,working with them for over 10 yrs until the site ceased operations. I've continued as a volunteer researcher,contributor,Cemetery Transcriber on Rootsweb,Pa-Roots & the USGenWeb Project in Pennsylvania. With over 39 years experience as a genealogical history researcher;creating memorials here on FindAGrave isn't a race, It's a quest to create accurate,useful & meaningful memorials for those who have gone before us & for all who find them here. I've been honored to work here with many really wonderful people & I will continue to share these memorials with their rightful family members and with my various cousins.
When using this website as a Genealogical Tool-PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SOURCES ALONG WITH YOUR SUBMITTED EDITS TO ME USING THE 6th EDIT OPTION ENTITLED "Suggest any other correction or addition". Long form sometimes land in my SPAM file,if you don't hear from me in a few days,email me direct.

My main objectives:
Photograph our local cemeteries,locate lost burials & follow up with extra researched information to add to the memorials I have had the honor to create here on FindAGrave. All verified sources are listed at the bottom of the memorial bio,which I put there for the convenience of others using this website.

I have named a few memorials based on their uniqueness;some are damaged,broken or have no identifying surnames;doing so is to help others "Find these unknown named burials" within a cemetery and within this online database

For the folks who use this site & continue to share the information they find freely with everyone,you have the neverending gratitude of 1000s of researchers who use this site on a daily basis.I think playing together nicely in the genealogy sandbox takes into account spotlighting the good work others are doing.Remember the members of this site are volunteers,for entries & photo requests.They spend their time & money to do this out of a shared passion for family history;we do this freely in order to memorialize those who have gone before us & our family members & friends. It requires cooperation & teamwork,which sadly,some folks here lack these mindsets;if you don't like to do these things, we suggest taking up a different hobby!

Some people who go thru life with a plain bad attitude,they enjoy re-writing history to suit themselves,they feel they are entitled or egotistical towards others,those few self righteous- self absorbed bullies,who feel they are exempt from following the rules of good conduct...This AIN'T FACEBOOK...So keep your drama & insults to yourself !
BEWARE of transcriptions seen published or online-Many innocent mistakes have been found in many popular published works...I've walked these cemeteries & I verify against burial records & other multiple sources.
IT'S 1st COME 1st SERVED REGARDING ALL TRANSFER REQUESTS - Explain your complete relationship & we'll go from there.Keep in mind,simply stating that someone is in your "family tree" doesn't entitle you to anything.

I will not transfer memorials for folks who are related to my own family lines.
The Flower & Token option is for saying things like "I loved you" or "We Miss You",it's not for OBIT or EDITS to memorials,it's just as easy to send me the Edit and a Flower!
If I have made a mistake or you would like me to add something please let me know through the edit tab for that memorial & include your information along with your valid sources.
Before entering a new memorial,I always verify 1st that memorial for an individual does not already exist. I do the same thing when looking for a particular Cemetery Database listed on FindAGrave. In turn, I ask all contributors not to create duplicates of any existing original memorials & to search thru the current cemetery database in the county you may be working before creating a new cemetery or memorial. Duplicate cemeteries & memorials are at risk of being merged when found;which is as it should be according to FindAGrave guidelines. If any contributor decides to remove their photos from a duplicate memorial or cemetery that they created that is their decision. It's also their option to leave their photos in place. But -laying blame for your own innocent mistakes /personal actions onto another contributor or person who may have requested a viable merge,is simply a cop-out.It's OK to say "Opps" and move on.
Remember...Sources,citations,friendly conversations & discussions are always welcome!
- Regarding my grave stone photos, they may not be modified/altered in any way.When used in other internet venues please use the photo source citation by referencing "Find A Grave" or along with my name & contributor number in the Description.
>> I want folks to use my photos BUT they must also include the above information as a SOURCE <<
Other photos of documents which I have added fall within the Public Domain & Fair Usage Laws-I also have obtained all of the required permissions to use those items in this venue.
Philippians 2:3 & 4
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ."
Thank you,to my good friend,Donna H.

Need local me!
I'm here to help in any way I can.


As of July 2012, all 9 sections have been photographed & uploaded to the cemetery database. There are 100s of unmarked burials there. Additional work is being conducted to identify those burials.

A full photo survey was COMPLETED in Oct 2010.
There are 1000s of unmarked burials there & additional work is being conducted to identify these burials.

Happy Hunting Everyone !!
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Noel R. Weis
Picture of grave
Thank you so much for posting the photo and death certificate of my great grandmother Anna Krajnyak.
Added by Noel R. Weis on Jun 21, 2017 12:37 PM
Pamela Kohl Spetla
William Stoops
Marianne - Thank you so much for taking the headstone pic for me. It will make a great addition to my family tree. Regards, Pam
Added by Pamela Kohl Spetla on Jun 16, 2017 12:15 PM
RE: Thanks !!!
Hi Marianne! Great to hear from you. :)
How is your summer going? Been 'cemetery-ing' much?
It's just been so hot so if I go out, it's late afternoon.
But I sure have the itch to get out and do it!
Blessings to you and take care,
Added by JNicholson on Jun 15, 2017 9:18 AM
Grave Photo
Thanks so much for the photo of Ida's Grave. I know it is an effort to go to these grave sites and help a total stranger by taking pictures of these graves, but us relatives who live way too far to go ourselves greatly appreciate your help. Thank you so very much.

Added by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2017 3:59 PM
R J Heller
RE: Saint John's #2 cemetery - Pottsville PA
Hi Marianne

Thanks for writing back to me. It's appreciated. So is the trust that I wasn't some goof who was out in the hot sun for too long.

FWIW, I have written Find a Grave on three separate occasions and each time I wrote I gave them a full rundown on their mistakes and what needed to be done to get things back on track. Nothing happened. No replies. No acknowledgments. No changes.

When I wrote to you I also wrote to every memorial page manager who had interred people in the Saint John the Baptist Cemetery #2 that Find a Grave erroneously says is at N.Centre and Clinton streets in Pottsville. Hopefully it does some good.

Be assured that you moved your people to the correct location for Saint John the Baptist Cemetery #2.

Best Wishes

R J Heller
Added by R J Heller on Jun 13, 2017 11:05 AM
R J Heller
Saint John's #2 cemetery - Pottsville PA
Hi Marianne

Please be aware that any death certificate, obituary or document you have saying a person was buried in St. John's #2 means they are buried in YORKVILLE which is a different cemetery and a different location than what Find A Grave says.

The Pottsville PA cemetery information at Find A Grave is a mess. The cemetery they have as St John's #2 at N.Centre and Clinton streets is actually Saint Patrick's #3.

How did this happen? Apparently, Find A Grave doesn't check to verify cemeteries that people create. I believe somebody created a Saint John's #2 and it snowballed from there. I think it's foolish of Find A Grave to allow people to create cemeteries when they can't find what they are looking for. Folks often don't know the area they are dabbling with and that a cemetery they can't find is actually on the list but is known as another name. That is what probably happened.

St. John's #2 is aka the YORKVILLE cemetery and is also called Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery. Find A Grave says that Yorkville is aka St. John's #3 and that's wrong

St. John's #3 is the now abandoned cemetery at 8th and Pierce streets in Pottsville. Find A Grave calls that St. John's #1

Saint John's #1 was behind the church and is now a parking lot. Those who were interred there were moved to Calvary cemetery in Mount Carbon

It's a serious problem and Find A Grave don't seem to really care as they have ignored all 3 of my attempts to get it corrected. I finally said screw it.

All I have written is what I was told at the Schuylkill County Historical Society and one of the ladies who helped me was a church record keeper at Saint John the Baptist in Pottsville for many years.

FWIW, I found all 11 of my people who were said to be buried at St John's #2 in the cemetery at 20th and Mahantonga streets and that is Yorkville.

Best Wishes

R J Heller
Added by R J Heller on May 30, 2017 9:12 AM
Donna Walters
Cordia Walters
Yes, if you would be so kind. She is my husband's grandmother. And Eugene is his uncle. I would appreciate it.
Added by Donna Walters on May 25, 2017 6:26 AM
Donna Walters
Cordia Walters
Thank you so very much for the photo of Cordia Walters tombstone. I was lucky that the stone also showed her son, Eugene! Thank you so much.
Added by Donna Walters on May 24, 2017 6:55 AM
P Solida
Related? Transfer?
Inquiring about your memorials for Grant Ulyssis Solada Sr. and his wife Minnie May Greenwalt Solada. Thank you very much either way. I am trying to connect the family together. Grants brother was my great grandfather. While I know the fathers name, the difficulty is while I know the father, finding his burial to link them. (cemetery) Know he is likely in Jefferson county near Reynoldsville, In Clearfield County near Dubois, or remains sent back to Berks County... While I have a birth and baptism record, I find no exact death record yet. Know it occured between 1874 and 1880 as that is when disapeared from census, and 1874 was likely last record otherwise. Contact psolida@gmail,com
Added by P Solida on May 23, 2017 2:52 PM
A Watkin
RE: Thank You...
You're welcome Marianne!
The graveyard is in a very isolated and breathtakingly beautiful mountain spot. If you would like to see some photos of it please e-mail me on my private e-mail address
Added by A Watkin on May 20, 2017 8:59 AM
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