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Rich Dohm (#47091329)
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Bio Photo I live in the Carytown section of Richmond, Virginia, USA, an urban environment second to none. I grave the area of New Jersey to Georgia, looking for lost or forgotten cemeteries.

And often while walking those cemeteries I'll see some neglected or damaged or sinking markers, so I tidy them up, and sometimes get more involved, then take a picture and post it, feeling like I might be their last best chance to be remembered for some future researcher. We all have the same purpose, we're all working for posterity, and I think this data base has become a number-one stop for any family history researcher.

I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, Vietnam era, duty aboard the USS Canopus AS-34. I raised a family, but lost my wife. I made a career in newspaper production, am now retired, and enjoy volunteer gravestone photography.

The best way I've found to get a readable gravestone photo is to redirect sunlight to create shadows in the carved surface.

One thing, I'd like to ask the community at large, is quit cropping photos... it makes a perfectly normal photo look a lot less attractive. Please post natural photos.

Anyone who wants to use my photos may do so, without any restriction, so help yourself. They have been posted here for you to use. And if you want a transfer, simply ask for it.
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RE: Mattie Monk ~ College Mound
Yaaaay! Glad you were able to get Mattie's memorials taken care of. I have NO clue how memorials are "merged" together.
I noticed there appears to be only two Monk's remaining with no tombstone photo. I'm not quite finished walking the cemetery yet, so perhaps i'll come across them.
Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I like to take two photos for large stones... one to show the stone in its entirety, and a second, a closeup, so there are no doubts of the name and dates. I've actually had contributors request I delete the closeup photos on memorials they created. I've explained my reasoning, but in the end, deleted the 2nd photo. Oh well.
Have a great rest-of-the-week!
sheila (aka snipps)
Added by snipps on Jul 06, 2017 11:51 AM
Linda Burton Kochanov
RE: Joe Patuzzi ~ Mountain Grove
You're welcome and yes...I did see more. I looked, but not that well evidently. I will also take another of these three as I saw you wanted a far away picture. I read that when I got home. so.....back I'll go...soon.
Added by Linda Burton Kochanov on Jul 05, 2017 7:41 AM
Amanda Bishop Burns
Warfield Cemetery
Good Afternoon, just wanted to let you know I have deleted the memorials as you indicate they are buried in the Lucy Family Cemetery. I found information they were buried in Warfield Cemetery. But as they Lucy Family cemetery has photos I have deleted from Warfield Cemetery. Thank you so much for letting me know.
Added by Amanda Bishop Burns on May 31, 2017 1:52 PM
John Mallory Land
RE: Linwood Cemetery ~ Colonel Holland
Hi, Rich – I hope you’re well. I must apologize for not having responded sooner. I have started a new job – I am now Stage Manager for the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts here in Columbus – so I have been working a monstrous number of hours. As you have already discovered, I did get the grave marker for Col. HOLLAND set. We had a bit of a scare, as the first time I had planned to set it, I went to retrieve it on a Saturday morning from the Sexton’s office and it wasn’t there! I feared the rest of the weekend that it had been stolen and we would have to file a police report (the monuments remain the property of the federal government in perpetuity), but it turned out that staff had moved it to remote storage for safekeeping and I had not been notified. Also, I had planned to place it all the way in the southwest corner of the lot, but there are a couple of field stones there that may or may not indicate a grave, so I did not want to disturb them. One other thing: I have an application prepared for a headstone for Judge Wm. F. WILLIAMS – all I lack is authorization from a relative. I never did hear back from the lady you referred me to, Barbara SMITH. Do you happen to know of anyone else who may be able to do it? By the way, if anyone you are related or connected to in any way has a kinship, no matter how distant or indirect, to Judge WILLIAMS, you could authorize the application. Here is an example from one application that I was able to authorize myself and was accepted: “My ggg-grandmother Mary (PARKER) MILLER (1838-1906) had two sisters, Addie PARKER (1845-1901) and Fannie PARKER (1851-1920), who married HAMER brothers who had a niece, Annie Lois GOINS (1898-1973). This niece married Bradley Raymond BOLAND (1894-1987), who was first cousin, twice removed to the candidate veteran, Francis M. BOLAND (1830-1900), Bradley being the grandson of Francis’ first cousin, John Wesley BOLAND (1824-1906).” All statements made in the application must be truthful, but so far as has been my experience, they don’t care how remote a kinship is. Best regards - John
Added by John Mallory Land on May 10, 2017 6:05 AM
Glenn Keith Sparks
EXCELLENT sleuthing regarding Mr. Starks’ burial. Thanks for this, and all your work for Find A Grave.
Added by LittleDutchman on May 02, 2017 1:15 PM
Tracey Nichols
RE: Rose Hill ~ Leonard
You are welcome for the pictures. I did take a few more, but was not sure which memorials to add them to. I have one of all four graves, one of Elberta and Richard's graves, and one of Richard and Jamie's graves. If you would like for me to add those, then let me know which memorials and I will add them. Thanks!
Added by Tracey Nichols on Apr 17, 2017 4:04 AM
Pete Mohney
RE: Elmwood Cemetery ~ Plosser
I may be able to get by Elmwood on Sunday, and I'll make an effort to get your requests done then. I'll be sure to get some long shots; I always photograph anyone close by who even might be a relative, so I'll upload everyone in the general area.

I've actually got block maps of the whole cemetery, so I can find the exact spot someone is buried before heading out - see this page -

Speeds up searching a lot! The Elmwood staff are very helpful.

No need to create requests if I find someone of yours while doing this for you, I'm happy to help, without needing the additional work on your part.
Added by Pete Mohney on Mar 06, 2017 3:17 PM
RE: Saint Michael's Cemetery ~ Patuzzi
I added a new photo of Josephine's stone it says "Josephine Wife". Also added a photo John Baptista. There is definitely no stone. Many unmarked graves in this section. His plot is 9 plot in from the road and i made the assumption there are 4 lots per plot so aprox 36 stones or lots in from the road i took the photo. I counted twice. It's between Roberto Santiago and Eva St Germain.
Added by RobM on Mar 03, 2017 2:52 PM
RE: Florida National Cemetery ~ Seal Claman
Your very welcome, I'm glad I noticed your request on taking the picture without cropping it. I thank you, by seeing that I will try to check for those types of comments better in the future.
Added by TFJ on Mar 02, 2017 9:40 PM
RE: O'Brien in St Peter Cem-Baltimore
Thanks Rich for your quick reply. That is a great picture! Your photo skills made the stone very readable AND hot dog "from Co. Limerick"
Let me know if I can return the favor here in Baltimore.
Added by TaxiCab on Feb 25, 2017 9:46 AM
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