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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 12 years, 6 months, 5 days
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Please do NOT hesitate to contact me if you wish that a family member's memorial be removed. I understand that the resting places of loved ones are very special and personal. My intention to create these memorials is to share and hopefully help those who are seeking out burials for either family research or for viewing family markers. Personally, I have a memorial set up for my father and I don't have it in me to add a picture of his gravestone. Just too final I guess. I have special pictures of him up for family to see. If someone else were to add a picture of his tombstone I would prob. ask that they take it down. This is very personal to me. So I understand how someone might feel about this...I totally respect your request and understand completely.


This is a picture of my son who had accompanied me on one of many trips to old cemeteries in the area. He's leaning against a tombstone of a fellow who died almost 200 years ago! I had taken a rubbing of this stone when I was my son's age....Still have the rubbing!!! Stored away for safe keeping. Someday maybe someone will contact me asking about the tombstone...I can't even get a good picture of it anymore, it's leaned over so far!

This is a big reason why I like going around these old cemeteries....taking pictures of the old preserve a bit of the past...or should I say...monuments to the memory of the people of the past...before they slip away....crumble into so many already have...


I ask that the images which i have worked VERY HARD to capture NOT be copied and published to another websight without my permission. Images are not allowed to be copied for publication and resale. Personal use for family genealogy is fine but it's always nice to be asked and credited. This is a simple thing to do and goes along way to make me feel that i'm doing something good for others.

Nothing bothers me more than to come across a photo that i have taken and find someone else's name underneith and/or no credit given at all for my work.

I also ask that any picture attached by others to my memorial pages be of a respectful nature to the person being memorialized as well as being respectful to family and friends. It's not an ARTSHOW either. No over the top "creativity".

This site is not meant to be for a competition to see who creates the most memorials. Not a race to see who gets to the cemetery first to get that shot. Not meant to be for those who strive for quantity and NOT quality.

This site is for those of us who enjoy taking that stroll through a cemetery and seeing beyond the gravestones to the people being remembered. More important for those who would like to "FINDAGRAVE" and be so thrilled and thankful for doing so.

An Epitath taken from a Civil War Soldier's gravestone......

In the night a bright wing fluttered oer the tent in which he lay. In his ear a soft voice uttered...Soldier rise and come away"

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jennfier ross
The Rev Frederick Ruland
Hi Donna
I am not sure but I am guessing that maybe you are related to Frederick #121182436 or not but I added an obituary and photo. I assume that you have seen it already since you are so good at genealogy and related. I was actually looking for someone else who was on the page and came across it by accident and thought of you when I saw the name. Please feel free to download if you need it.

Added by jennfier ross on Oct 22, 2017 4:50 PM
Patricia Lawson
RE: Researcher
yes it is fine that you put my name and member number. Yes, it is true that the records are still sealed and most likely will not be completely released. However, NYS can't hide everything from that time period. All deaths, regardless of where the person resides or their medical status, have to be reported to the state. Each one of these people had to have a death certificate filled out and filed. All who have died there would have there death city listed as Groveland or Sonyea. With the release of such state records as the NY Death Index they don't go through and black peoples names out, luckily. With that information, I work backwards through all the census' including Craig Colony, which they can't hide either.
Added by Patricia Lawson on Oct 16, 2017 3:18 PM
Rose LaJudice
Dodge Graves
Hi, I not sue you can help me. My great Aunt Mary Jane "Daisy" Dodge is buried in Hunters' Creek Cemetery. However her grave is unmarked. The town clerk was not helpful however I have been in contact with a descendant of the Dodge family and she thinks Mary Jane is buried near the other Dodge grave sites.

I wondered if you knew the Dodge family or just posted the graves. Do you have any hints on how I can find out where she is buried? Thanks

Rose M. LaJudice
Added by Rose LaJudice on Oct 16, 2017 1:26 PM
Patricia Lawson
RE: William Adams
Yes the correct date is Dec 13 1911. He was 15 in the 1910 census. My mistake on the 1930.
Added by Patricia Lawson on Oct 08, 2017 6:37 PM
Patricia Lawson
RE: Craig Colony
I will certainly go back through and list the sources.
Added by Patricia Lawson on Oct 05, 2017 4:11 PM
Patricia Lawson
RE: Craig Colony
Absolutely. I didn't think to list the source. All comes from available public records of census' and the NYS death Index.
Added by Patricia Lawson on Oct 01, 2017 9:19 AM
Patricia Lawson
Craig Colony
I will be sending many edits over the next 2 weeks. I am going through each name and gathering dates quickly and after that I will go through the censuses and all information that I can find to post any information about them. Thank You for all you have done. I have also confirmed Herbert Tompkins as a great uncle and sent his edits as well.
Added by Patricia Lawson on Oct 01, 2017 12:34 AM
Ed Riccardi
RE: WWII friend
It is certainly possible but I think the Forker family lived in Queens in 1944. The story I heard is George went to Canada to enlist due to age and medical issues he somehow bypassed there. Let me know how your research goes. I've always wanted a clearer history of George's WWII life. For instance I know he shot down 4 enemy aircraft but I know no other details.
Added by Ed Riccardi on Sep 18, 2017 12:21 PM
Ray and Paula
Ray Louis Durkee #42422603
Hi Donna

I am requesting permission to use your photo of Ray Louis Durkee #42422603 in our family tree.

Thank you

Ray and Paula
Added by Ray and Paula on Sep 12, 2017 7:04 AM
Kristen Keicher (nee Ehrhardt)
George Erhardt

I see a post for George Erhardt in Cheektowaga, NY and I believe this is my great-great grandfather, based on the year of death (1898) and the location. The reason I am unsure is because the date of birth does not match up (1824 is indicated, however, he would have been born about 1857). From the picture, it looks like the birth year on the gravestone may have been altered at some point. Do you have any insight on this?

This is really neat. Thank you so much for posting!!

- Kristen
Added by Kristen Keicher (nee Ehrh... on Sep 06, 2017 6:21 PM
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