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Lisa Burks (#46590262)
 member for 17 years, 2 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo Hi there! I volunteer here because I believe it's very important to remember those who have passed before us. Final disposition is the last chapter of anyone's story, an important element of genealogy. Also, I just love spending time in cemeteries!

I'm a member of the White Lake Township Historical Society where I do a lot of volunteer work documenting citizens buried in our cemeteries.

TRANSFERS: I'm very happy to transfer memorials that I have created, with the exception of my immediate family. Please feel free to ask! :)

PHOTOS: Everyone is welcome 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! :)

DUPLICATE PHOTOS: I've started using the bulk photo uploader for some cemeteries. It doesn't let you know if a memorial already has a photo. I try to only upload to memorials that need a photo. Please alert me if you find a duplicate a marker that should be removed.


In June 2014, I moved back to Michigan from California to be my Mom's primary caregiver; she was a stroke survivor who navigated the world of dementia with humor and dignity. 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.

My beautiful mom, Tillie Burks, gained her angel wings on April 17, 2017. The grief is fresh, the love is forever. Miss you, Mommy! xo


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.

For my own "string on my finger" reference: Use a period after names where only an initial is known.

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Juanita "Nancy" Moore Sutton

Thank you so much for taking the photo of Juanita "Nancy" Moore Sutton's headstone. I really appreciate that you took the time to do this.

Added by LH on Oct 07, 2017 7:56 AM
RE: Jetta Wms Roberson Chadsey 85363970
You're an angel! Thanks for all your efforts for so many. What fun work it must be. It's greatly appreciated. ...Deb
Added by Deb on Aug 01, 2017 6:46 AM
Jetta Wms Roberson Chadsey 85363970
Hi Lisa,
Thank you for maintaining the record of my grandmother, Jetta Belle Williams. I am one of the daughters of Don Roberson. I'd never seen my grandmother's burial site! I grew up in Culver City and Hollywood but live in Arizona now. I'd like to offer a correction to the Parents listed for Jetta. The names on the memorial are unknown to me.

Jetta and Ella's parents were:
Mathias M. Williams, Sr. b.1834 Rush County Indiana, d.1899 Perry, OK

Henrietta Morrow b.1844 MO, d.1919 OK
memorial #73682049

The other info is correct.

Thanks again! Deborah Roberson Kinzer
Added by Deb on Jul 31, 2017 2:20 PM
Sandy Morrey
RE: Altie and Nettie Rounder
Thanks. I care.
Added by Sandy Morrey on Jun 27, 2017 6:48 PM
Irene BUCK Kurmas Grysiewicz
RE: James & Camille Buck at Oxbow
Thanks so much! Yes my parents lived on Lakeside Drive and the Robinsons are my sister and her family. Also related to my cousin Henry and Beth Storm who lives further down on Lakeside. Thank you for all the information!
Irene Grysiewicz
Added by Irene BUCK Kurmas Grysiew... on Jun 27, 2017 6:33 AM
Sandy Morrey
Altie and Nettie Rounder
Thank you very much for transferring these memorials to me. I will take good care of them, and modify them as necessary. Sandy Morrey
Added by Sandy Morrey on Jun 25, 2017 12:55 PM
Petoskey History
RE: Dr. Stone
Lisa. How wonderful of you! We will take good care of him and send you a copy of our additions when completed (later today). (Woke up from a nap on this rainy dark day to find your gift––suddenly the day became bright and beautiful. Thanks so much!
Added by Petoskey History on May 31, 2017 3:53 PM
Bill Walton
Glenn Hammond
Thank you for the memorial photo for Glenn Hammond it is most appreciated.

Added by Bill Walton on May 29, 2017 12:18 PM
Sue Seeterlin Rice
James E Seeterlin
Thank you Lisa for the fine photo of my Dads gravestone. I am grateful for folks such as you who offer such kindness. Your findagrave contributions are appreciated by many.

Sue Seeterlin-Rice
Added by Sue Seeterlin Rice on May 27, 2017 10:48 AM
2 Angel of Mine ValenciaღAsia💕

Want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful mom, I'm so very sorry.

Valencia's mom

Added by 2 Angel of Mine Valencia&... on May 26, 2017 9:26 PM
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